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A Film Rumination: When Worlds Collide, Rudolph Maté (1951)

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6/10 (Average)

The famous science fiction producer, George Pal (Destination Moon, The War of the Worlds, Conquest of Space, Time Machine, 7 Faces of Dr. Loa), vividly brings to the silver screen an adaptation of the famous 1930s novel, ‘When Worlds Collide’ by Philip Gordon Wylie and Edwin Balmer.  The visual spectacle is quite Continue reading A Film Rumination: When Worlds Collide, Rudolph Maté (1951)

A Film Rumination: Underground, Emir Kusturica (1995)

9.5/10 (Masterpiece)

Winner Palm d’Or Cannes 1995

Seldom, if ever, have I been so enamored with a movie. Emir Kusturica weaves a poignant, comic, vicious, madcap, sprawling, and physics defying cinematic experience deftly intertwined Continue reading A Film Rumination: Underground, Emir Kusturica (1995)

Book Review: Empire of Two Worlds, Barrington J. Bayley (1972)

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2/5 (Bad)

Killibol is a bleak, dark, gray rock planet in another galaxy populated with isolated termite-mound-like cities of its human colonists.  Because of the inability to grow food in Killibol’s soil, society is structured around protein producing tanks.  As a result of the rigid system of food production (i.e. power), life on Continue reading Book Review: Empire of Two Worlds, Barrington J. Bayley (1972)

Book Review: Galactic Cluster, James Blish (1959) — collected short stories from 1953-59

3.25/5 (Good — collated rating)

James Blish, famous for his Hugo winning novel, A Case of Conscience, early Star Trek novelizations, and the Cities in Flight series also wrote some interesting short shorties.  This volume includes a Continue reading Book Review: Galactic Cluster, James Blish (1959) — collected short stories from 1953-59

Update: Science Fiction Books to be Reviewed/Read this summer

I’ve read hundreds and hundreds of science fiction books  from the classics to the not so classic.  I’ve decided to use this blog as motivation to read new books.  Hence, reviews of Dune (Herbert), Hyperion (Simmons), Stand on Zanzibar (Brunner) and other major works probably will not reviewed in the near future since I’ve read them already and until I run out of things to read I’m not inclined to read them Continue reading Update: Science Fiction Books to be Reviewed/Read this summer

Book Review: Three Worlds to Conquer, Poul Anderson (1964)

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4/5 (Good)

Poul Anderson’s science fiction adventure tale, Three Worlds to Conquer, is a remarkably exciting and engaging quick read.  Three Worlds is a “loose” sequel to Anderson’s short story, ‘Sam Hall’ published in the August 1953 edition of Astounding Science fiction.  Both cover some aspect of post-WWIII Continue reading Book Review: Three Worlds to Conquer, Poul Anderson (1964)