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Update: Recent Science Fiction Acquisitions N. III

1. The Complete Stories of J. G. Ballard, J. G. Ballard (2009)

My girlfriend gave me this MASSIVE (1196 pages) newly released volume of all of Ballard’s short stories  (arranged in chronological order) for my birthday.  I’m extremely excited because I enjoyed my first Ballard work, High-Rise (1975).  Does anyone have a particular story which I should start with? Continue reading Update: Recent Science Fiction Acquisitions N. III

A Film Rumination: Sidney Lumet (June 25, 1924-April 9, 2011) and mini-reviews of the films of his I’ve seen

The great American director Sidney Lumet (1924-2011) passed away today and in honor of his long and productive  career (albeit with brief lulls of average work) here are a few mini-reviews of the films of his I’ve seen in order of preference. I’ve not seen many of his acknowledged masterpieces including Serpico, The Hill, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, The Pawnbroker, etc.

1. Network (1976)

9.5/10 (Masterpiece)

Network (1976) is by far my favorite Sidney Lumet film Continue reading A Film Rumination: Sidney Lumet (June 25, 1924-April 9, 2011) and mini-reviews of the films of his I’ve seen

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