Book Review: Bow Down To Nul (variant title: The Interpreter), Brian W. Aldiss (1960)

2/5 (Bad)

Ok, I admit, I bought this book because of the gorgeous red/helium-breathing alien/humans toting spears cover…  Sadly, there’s very little behind the cover besides a standard uninventive pulp-ish romp.  Aldiss expends little effort and as result the work lacks an interesting society or an involving plot and all the action takes place in the slip-shop last few pages.   Continue reading

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

Book Review: Synthajoy, D. G. Compton (1968)

4.5/5 (Very Good)

I had not heard of the relatively unknown British sci-fi writer David G. Compton until I read a fantastic review by Ian Sales of Compton’s most famous novel, The Unsleeping Eye (1971) (his review and blog here).  In my normal circuitous fashion, I decided to read a lesser-known work of Compton’s first, Synthajoy (1968).  And, I was not disappointed, Continue reading

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

A Film Rumination: Damn the Defiant! (variant title: H. M. S. Defiant), Lewis Gilbert (1962) (Good)

Damn the Defiant! isn’t the best naval action film out there however it’s definitely an under appreciated good film.  That said, I have a weakness for the subject matter since I grew up on C. S. Forester’s Hornblower and Alexander Kent’s Captain Bolitho books (i.e Napoleonic era valiant British officers fighting the evil Frenchies!).  Thus, Continue reading