A Short Story Review: Recall Mechanism, Philip K. Dick (1959)

First publication for 'Recall Mechanism', If, July 1959

4/5 (Very Good)

“In the privacy of his living room, he sat dully examining a series  of reports on carrot mutations.”

Paul Sharp files reports on what to rebuild in the swathes of H-bomb blasted California landscape for the Division of War Destruction Salvage…   Continue reading A Short Story Review: Recall Mechanism, Philip K. Dick (1959)

A Film Rumination: Dogtooth, Giorgos Lanthimos (2009)

8/10 (Very Good — heed the various caveats…)

2010, up for a best Foreign Film Oscar (Greece)

Giorgos Lanthimos’ Dogtooth (2009) is probably the strangest film ever nominated for an Oscar.  The film treads a fine line between black comedy and excruciatingly/twisted dark drama.  I found myself drawn into its bizarre otherworldly  Continue reading A Film Rumination: Dogtooth, Giorgos Lanthimos (2009)

Book Review: The World of Null-A, A. E. van Vogt (published as a serial in 1945, revised in 1948)

3.5/5 (Above Average)

A. E. van Vogt’s The World of Null-A is a frustrating but worthwhile experience.  This is in part because of the trite introduction inserted in my edition of the work by A. E. Van Vogt defending his work against the notorious (and career making) critique by the sci-fi writer Continue reading Book Review: The World of Null-A, A. E. van Vogt (published as a serial in 1945, revised in 1948)

A (short) Film Rumination: The Box Man, Nirvan Mullick (2002)

7/10 (Good)

Multiple works by the famous Japanese novelist Kôbô Abe were turned into successful movies by Hiroshi Teshigahara (the most well known is A Woman in the Dunes which was nominated for two oscars, including best director). So while browsing the internet looking for other films inspired by Kôbô Abe’s works Continue reading A (short) Film Rumination: The Box Man, Nirvan Mullick (2002)

Update: Recent Science Fiction Acquisitions N. I

Oh the joys of amazon gift cards… And perusing dusty corners of local bookstores.

Here are my latest acquisitions.

1. Robert Silverberg’s World Inside (1971) (MY REVIEW HERE)

I’ve always enjoyed semi-dystopic works about the social ramifications of overpopulation (John Brunner’s Stand on Zanzibar is my all time favorite sci-fi novel).  I wonder if Silverberg was inspired by Brunner’s work.  I’ve yet to read a Silverberg novel and I’ve read that this is a pretty good effort.  So, those factors contributed to my purchase.

2. Doris Piserchia’s Continue reading Update: Recent Science Fiction Acquisitions N. I

Book Review: The Dark Light-Years, Brian Aldiss (1964)

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(Bruce Pennington’s cover for the 1971 edition)

3/5 (Average)

Fresh off reading Brian Aldiss’ wonderful Non-Stop I eagerly picked up a battered copy of The Dark Light-Years (1964)  from a local bookstore.  I was sorely disappointed.  The Dark Light-Years is disjointed, Continue reading Book Review: The Dark Light-Years, Brian Aldiss (1964)