Category Archives: Science fiction

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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The enchanted world

Another category for the 2015 Reading Challenge is *a book set in the future*, for which I chose a book that has long been sitting on my shelf: Sylvia Louise Engdahl’s Enchantress from the Stars (1970), a Newbery Honor Book. My … Continue reading

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You have to give it time

The Wells Bequest (2013), Polly Shulman. In an unplanned tag-team review, I’m following up on a book Calmgrove reviewed last fall, Polly Shulman’s The Grimm Legacy (the review of which you can read here). That novel introduced us to the New-York Circulating Material … Continue reading

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Update on Mr. Hopkins

For this post I have to prep you with some math, and then a bit of probability. Fact: there are just under 2.6 million seconds in a 30-day month. Thus, if an improbable event has a one-in-a-million chance of happening, … Continue reading

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