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A Film Rumination: The Monolith Monsters, John Sherwood (1957)


7/10 (Good)

John Sherwood’s The Monolith Monsters (1957) is by far one of my favorite  B sci-fi (ish) monster movies!  I’m being very generous with rating but, this is a hilariously average (but wonderful) romp with one of the more peculiar “monsters” matched up with some of the best 50s special effects I’ve seen.  The Monolith Monsters is without doubt one of the more interesting films of the 1950s American Realist Science Fiction movement Continue reading A Film Rumination: The Monolith Monsters, John Sherwood (1957)

A Film Rumination: It! The Terror from Beyond Space, Edward L. Cahn (1958)

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5/10 (Bad — but definitely watch if you’re a B-film sci-fi fan)

I think the most important lesson I learned from the hilariously (occasionally) bad 50s sci-fi alien monster caper It! The Terror from Beyond Space is that in future female scientists and doctors still serve coffee and lunch… Continue reading A Film Rumination: It! The Terror from Beyond Space, Edward L. Cahn (1958)

A Film (documentary) Rumination: The Atomic Cafe, Jayne Loader, Kevin Rafferty (1982)

8/10 (Very Good)

Atomic Cafe (1982) is a scathing documentary on the atomic age created from archival film from the 40s-early 60s.  The scope of the material is extensive: military training films (often the most morbidly hilarious and poorly acted of the bunch), television news, various other government-produced propaganda films Continue reading A Film (documentary) Rumination: The Atomic Cafe, Jayne Loader, Kevin Rafferty (1982)

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)

Update: 2010 in Review, best books, movies, etc

Here are my favorite films and books I reviewed this year.  They are all highly recommended…

Best Science Fiction Novel

Brian Aldiss, Non-stop (variant title, Starship), (1958)

MY REVIEW HERE

Starship is a top-notch 1950s work: fast, action-packed, thoughtful, Continue reading Update: 2010 in Review, best books, movies, etc

Book Review: They Shall Have Stars (Variant title: Year 2018!), James Blish (1956)

3.75/5 (Good)

They Shall Have Stars (1956) is the first of James Blish’s famous Cities in Flight novels (note: the series was not released according to its internal chronology — the third volume, Earthman Come Home was published first in 1955). Continue reading Book Review: They Shall Have Stars (Variant title: Year 2018!), James Blish (1956)

Book Review: Non-Stop (variant title: Starship), Brian Aldiss (1958)

4.75/5 (Very Good)

A generation ship!  Science run amok!  A brilliant work from the late 50s which must be read!  Brian Aldiss’ Non-Stop (published in the U.S. as Starship) is a relentlessly dark science fiction novel written in response to Robert Heinlein’s revolutionary yet ultimately unsatisfying Orphans of Continue reading Book Review: Non-Stop (variant title: Starship), Brian Aldiss (1958)

Book Review: Entry to Elsewhen (contains three 1950s short stories/novelettes), John Brunner (1972)

2.5/5 (Bad)– collated rating

This collection contains three 1950s short stories/novelettes expanded and modified from their original magazine form for this volume.  Although two of the Continue reading Book Review: Entry to Elsewhen (contains three 1950s short stories/novelettes), John Brunner (1972)