Category Archives: Science fiction

#WitchWeek2021 Day 4

It’s Science Fiction Wednesday, with Ola and Piotrek, from Re-enchantment Of The World, assessing Roger Zelazny’s classic sci-fi series, The Chronicles of Amber. In any of the 10 novels written between 1970 and 1991, you’ll find royalty threatened by conspiracy … Continue reading

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Numbers

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Philip K. Dick (1968) Here’s a question: If I pick up Arthur C Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), will I discover that their impact has diminished because … Continue reading

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So long, hiatus

Well, she wrote grumpily, I suppose it’s time I added another post to my blog. Let people know I’m still around. Give my brain a bit of a workout …. especially with this new block editor on WP (WHY WHY … Continue reading

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Weird combinations and scary dreams

Yep, I’m definitely craving odd-ball books these days. Here are 2 more for your consideration: Fragile Things, Neil Gaiman (2006, 2013, NYPL e-book). Another collection of Gaiman’s writings, most of which come a là macabre. The book includes short stories … Continue reading

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Images most horrifying

Day 2 of Witch Week, and I’m honored that my review of villains in graphic novels is featured today over at Calmgrove. And someday I may explain all about the Bat-winged Hamburger Snatcher, who is, alas, NOT included in my … Continue reading

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Fortean doings

A bonus post for R.I.P. XIV (Readers Imbibing Peril) — what more could anyone ask of this week before Halloween? Today, a YA trilogy drawn from Edison’s and Tesla’s rivalry that raises important questions about morality, mixed in with some … Continue reading

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Everything is connected

Another post in my continuing salute to Herman Melville, on the occasion of his 200th birthday. For today, I’ve selected an unlikely book, Julian Barnes’ 1989 novel, The History of the World in 10½ Chapters (Borzoi/Knopf). This was the book … Continue reading

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NBN Time

NBN = Nothing But NaNoWriMo, and that’s what I’m doing this month. Although “nothing” isn’t strictly true. I’m still reading like a fiend, still working crossword puzzles (addiction #2), still getting outside to museums (this week to the Armenian exhibit … Continue reading

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Amuse bouche: SF version

Guys Read: Other Worlds, ed. Jon Scieszka (2013, Harper Collins; Vol 4 of a series) Next week starts the main event of Witch Week, so I thought I’d lead you gently into it with a couple of quick reviews — … Continue reading

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Early Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin, The Wind’s Twelve Quarters (1975) (read as an e-book from the NYPL) This collection of seventeen short stories and novellas, all published before 1975, includes several that Le Guin considers “germinal”, that is, leading to two … Continue reading

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