Category Archives: science fiction

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 his God: … there were so … Continue reading

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The young miss gifted me with Interstellar last Sunday. She didn’t watch it with me and my wife. I’ve been looking forward to this movie for months, and I’ve been scrupulously avoiding any spoilage. I don’t need to give away … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Ingathering

Many years ago here I mentioned Zenna Henderson’s stories about the People. Great science fiction, with a single premise: aliens come to Earth and they prove to be more fully human than we are. And by more fully, I don’t mean … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Some Variety

Last night I finished a “thriller.” I don’t usually read novels of this genre, but it seemed to have a thread of fantasy, at least according to the cover description. It would be an error to say Gods of Aberdeen … Continue reading

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Viewing SF

In watching one of my wife’s favorite programs, Lewis, I’ve come to appreciate the British system of long episodes in short seasons. Everything seems satisfying watching a mystery unfold, then get solved in ninety minutes. I suppose if the original … Continue reading

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What A Bishop Reads

Vermont’s new bishop, Christopher Coyne, is well-familiar with social media and blogging. It was whispered that details of the upcoming installation in the Green Mountain State were described here. I found Bishop Coyne’s reading material over the Christmas holidays to … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Causal Angel

The final book of Hannu Rajaniemi’s science fiction trilogy was top of my bedside bookshelf for the past few weeks. Last Fall I read the first two books, which I reviewed here and here. The main character develops through this … Continue reading

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