Category Archives: science fiction

Ex Machina

At my wife’s encouragement, I went in on Amazon Prime a few weeks ago. I found this movie I had heard good things about. It’s a moody, intelligent, surprising film that demonstrates very smart people (and a robot) doing very … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The End of Eternity

I’ve read a lot of Isaac Asimov, mainly when I was a teen and college student. I had never cracked his short novel The End of Eternity until last week. If you are familiar with time travel and the various … Continue reading

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The Man in the High Castle

YouTube seemed to think I would like the pilot episode for the series The Man in the High Castle. They showed it to me about a dozen times last week. So I found it and watched it. It was so … Continue reading

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Human Spaceflight, 1950

Fascinating story on how Britain might have launched a space explorer ten years before Alan Shepard arced over the western Atlantic. Postwar UK had a lot of other things to deal with. If my recollection of history is right, I … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Chrysalids

I read this sf novel as a boy–it was published in the US under the title Re-Birth. Neither title really attracts me, but the story does. Let me tell you a bit about it. This 1955 novel by the British … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Mother of Eden

I read and reviewed Christ Beckett’s Dark EdenĀ last fall. I thought it to be a superior sf novel and awaited the sequel with as much excitement as I can muster for sequels. So be warned about my comments on this … Continue reading

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The Star and Compassion

Do any of you readers know Arthur C. Clarke’s short story “The Star”? A Jesuit priest is troubled by the discovery that the Star of Bethlehem was a supernova that destroyed a civilization. He asks hisĀ God: … there were so … Continue reading

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