Tag Archives: Science Fiction and Fantasy

(Pre-)Golden Age Science Fiction Free Online

Instead of continuing to discuss the development of science fiction as a genre of literature, this post is going to talk about resources for finding Golden Age and pre-Golden Age science fiction, whether short stories, novellas or novels, freely available … Continue reading

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Jules Verne and the birth of science fiction proper

The first writer I would identify as writing what can be properly termed science fiction is the French author Jules Verne. Admittedly, a case could be made for Mary Shelley who penned the novel Frankenstein, but in my view that … Continue reading

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Science fiction in its time and place

Like any literary genre, science fiction is a product of its time and place. As author Frank Herbert (as reported in the book The Road to Dune) quipped, “[A]liens don’t buy books. Humans buy books.” Moreover those books are sold … Continue reading

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The Songs of Distant Earth by Arthur C. Clarke (the novel, not the short story)

While I had initially intended this blog to be discussing primarily classics of the genre of literary science fiction, especially ones I have read previously, what I am finding is that I am mostly addressing books which I happen to … Continue reading

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The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

I’ve been off-line for at least a few weeks and so have a few books I could review, though I need get back to my blog doing the Odyssey as well. The book I want to start with is hands-down … Continue reading

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The Guns of the South by Harry Turtledove

I just finished reading the title novel, The Guns of the South by science fiction author Harry Turtledove. The novel offers a different and more modern take on the notion of an alternate history in which the Confederate States of … Continue reading

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The other science fiction of Pierre Boulle

Continuing perhaps the trend of discussing lesser known works of various science fiction authors, I am turning my attention to an omnibus volume (in French) of the four books (apart from Le planète des singes which in English is called … Continue reading

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Mr. Adam by Pat Frank

While Pat Frank is rightly well known for his classic novel Alas, Babylon, he is also the author of the humorous novel Mr. Adam, which was in fact his first. One should recall that at the time the latter book … Continue reading

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The Jungle by David Drake

The novella I actually bought the book I have just been reading for was the classic Clash by Night by Henry Kuttner. One would never know from the cover that this ground-breaking work was included in that book at all; … Continue reading

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The Lost Fleet: an otherwise well done example of an unfortunate trend

While for the most part I intend this blog to concentrate on science fiction classics, most fundamentally the discussion is about the genre of science fiction as literature– the good and the bad. To my mind, one of the worst … Continue reading

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