Monthly Archives: August 2012

The Fountains of Paradise – Arthur C. Clarke (1979)

The first book I ever attempted to read by Arthur C. Clarke was 2001, a novelization based on a film based on a short story. I’ve never seen the movie, but I found the book to be boring, put it … Continue reading

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Lord of Light – Roger Zelazny (1967)

So this is it, my last sci-fi review for a while. The school year starts up again on Monday, which means I’ll only have time for grading papers and reading big, fat monographs on important historical events. If I can … Continue reading

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Red Mars – Kim Stanley Robinson (1993)

When I worked at Half Price Books in Berkeley, Red Mars was one of those books that we sold out of regularly. Being two blocks from UC Berkeley, college students interested in buying and selling their books made up a … Continue reading

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The Future of Falling Skies: How Dystopia Recreates the Present in the Future

I am a sucker for Falling Skies, the post-alien-invasion-show currently in its second season on TNT. I don’t know why I feel so compelled to watch this show, because it is full of problems. Butt loads. I guess it’s because I … Continue reading

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The Peace War by Vernor Vinge (1984)

The idea that the disappearance or removal of all technology and nuclear weapons might be the only way to save the human race is not new to science fiction. Clifford D. Simak made exploring the pros and cons of this … Continue reading

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