Category Archives: On My Bookshelf

Spiritual Over Speculative

In the second week of the online Ignatian retreat, we are advised to probe more deeply into our stories of faith. It has been a rich experience thus far, unearthing old episodes in my life and looking a bit more … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Strange Gods

Most often, I meet authors through their books, and them amble over to their web sites or blogs. More rarely do I read a book by someone I’ve known first as a blogger. Elizabeth Scalia’s Strange Gods is featured in … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Fractal Prince

Hannu Rajaniemi’s second novel, The Fractal Prince, was an enjoyable a read as his first novel, which I finished up last month. Like that first book, the author disdains giving you those helpings of information that assist you in knowing … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Benediction

I read Kent Haruf’s award-winning Eventide a number of years ago, and wanting to take a break from science non-fiction and fiction, I was drawn into the author’s fictional town of Holt, Colorado. My take on this book is that it’s … Continue reading

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How Does Science Fiction Age?

The week before last, I found Isaac Asimov’s fourth Foundation novel in the university’s library. A good find, as Foundation’s Edge is missing from the public library. One can read the Foundation stories (the five short stories and four novellas … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Parting The Cosmic Veil

Kenneth Lang’s book blends astronomy, art, and history. It’s a unique volume to my experience, and mostly an enjoyable read. Professor Lang looks at five major topics, in five large chapters: Cosmic Vision, War, and Technology Brave New Worlds Motion, … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Five Ages of the Universe

I recently reread one of my favorite science books of all time, The Five Ages of the Universe. It confirmed my regard for the writers, Fred Adams and Professor Gregory P Laughlin, and their exploration of the “physics of eternity.” … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Quantum Thief

Hannu Rajaniemi’s 2010 debut novel is not conventional science fiction. He drops the reader into a strange future and he gives only sparing directions on what’s going on. Well, not quite. In the first two chapters, a Weird Idea is … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Neptune’s Brood

The last two sf novels I read were from Scottish authors. This seems to be a pattern. This one was too. Well, Leeds in origin, but Scotland now in residency. There’s a sub-genre of military science fiction that draws and … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Night Sessions

The premise behind Ken MacLeod’s award-winning (British Science Fiction Award for Best 2008 Novel) science fiction/mystery is twofold. First, robots have self-awareness and maybe souls. The prologue cites their possible interest in religion and returns to it by the end of … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Lost Horizon

I remember my first time reading this book in November 1979. I found it on the shelf of the reading room at my university’s library, and I spent most of a Saturday afternoon amazed and engrossed. I’ve seen the movies. … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: A History of the Popes

I’ve been wanting to hit up this book from my parish’s library for the past few months. Summer, even a moderately busy one, gives me ample time to catch up on such reading. I wasn’t disappointed by A History of the … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic

Matthew Kelly is popular among many of our people at the student center. We have a handful of his books in the library. For about a decade, I’ve heard of his speaking appearances. When Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Weird Life

David Toomey’s smart and sassy book, Weird Life is a quite enjoyable read. I was paging through it about the same time I was reading The Hydrogen Sonata. Fascinating contrast. I’ll get to that. The author takes the reader through a … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Hydrogen Sonata

The latest Culture novel from Iain Banks, The Hydrogen Sonata will also be his last. The author died of cancer last Sunday. So I tried to be a trooper with his last sf novel. But it was difficult. Mr Banks wrote … Continue reading

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