Tag Archives: sci-fi

Back to reading sci-fi again

Finished with the re-reading of Jerzy Kosinski’s oeuvre. (I’ve read three in this photo since it was taken plus there are two Philip K. Dick novels waiting)

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Recent/future sci-fi reading and a question

When did science fiction evolve from primarily self-contained 150-300 page standalone novels into series with multiple 500+ page tomes? They seem to be crowding out all the slimmer books at libraries and used book stores. I just finished re-reading Arthur … Continue reading

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simultaneously dated and prescient

‘The Puppet Masters’ by Robert A. Heinlein (1951) Haven’t read much Heinlein other than ‘Stranger In A Strange Land’ – which I enjoyed and think I’ll re-read some day. Hey, it could happen! I’ve recently re-read, for the first time since my … Continue reading

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forward into the past (the idiot’s guide to time travel)

‘Chronocules’ by D. G. Compton (1970) “We build a village, so we need a village idiot. Put him on the payroll.” (p. 22) “If you do not believe in predestination, then you believe in free will…to travel backward in time … Continue reading

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Psychedelic Sci-Fi

Chester Anderson’s ‘The Butterfly Kid’ (1967), Michael Kurland’s ‘The Unicorn Girl’ (1969), and ‘The Probability Pad’ (1970) by T.A. Waters are three novels collectively referred to as The Greenwich Village Trilogy.     Anderson was a musician, poet and underground press editor involved in the … Continue reading

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Father, Son and Holy CPU

‘The Steel Crocodile’ by D. G. Compton (1970) When using a computer to predict who the next messiah will be you may want to ask the one doing the thinking if they’re interested in the position. Compton uses a husband and … Continue reading

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the man behind the curtain of sci-fi

‘echo round his bones’ by Thomas M. Disch (1967) “And it was all fakery, mere public relations and stagecraft. The jump to Mars could have been made with the equivalent of four tin cans of electronic hardware and a power … Continue reading

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