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Book Review: Collision Course (variant title: Collision with Chronos), Barrington J. Bayley, (1973)

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3.75/5 (Good)

Barrington J. Bayley’s Collision Course (Collision with Chronos) (1973) is based on a fascinating hard sci-fi premise, the intersection of two time waves, one from the future heading into the past, and the “present”, heading Continue reading Book Review: Collision Course (variant title: Collision with Chronos), Barrington J. Bayley, (1973)

A Film Rumination: Futureworld, Richard T. Heffron (1976)

5/10 (Average — worth watching if you like the genre)

Futureworld is the sequel to the equally campy Westworld.  The chemistry between the main characters (played by Peter Fonda and Blythe Danner) is actually above average and probably saves the film from utter failure.  However, I enjoyed myself despite the predictability, the absolutely silly premise, the lack of action (there’s a sword fight and that’s about it) and the anti- Continue reading A Film Rumination: Futureworld, Richard T. Heffron (1976)

Book Review: The Wrong End of Time, John Brunner (1971)

2/5 (Bad)

I’ve had John Brunner’s The Wrong End of Time (1971) for five years sitting in the to read pile — I’ve managed to get through around thirty pages the four times I’ve tried to read it over the years.  However, I’ve finally got around to finishing it.  And, well, it falls woefully short of any sort of greatness — especially Continue reading Book Review: The Wrong End of Time, John Brunner (1971)

A Film Rumination: The Desert of the Tartars, Valerio Zurlini (1976)

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7.5/10 (Good)

Valerio Zurlini’s The Desert of the Tartars (1976) is a relatively unknown Italian classic. Zurlini’s other works, most notably Estate Violenta (1959) and Indian Summer (1972), haven’t fared Continue reading A Film Rumination: The Desert of the Tartars, Valerio Zurlini (1976)

Book Review: The People of the Wind, Poul Anderson (1973)

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4.5/5 (Very Good)

Notable Awards: Hugo and Locus SF Awards nominee, 1974 Nebula Award nominee, 1973

Poul Anderson’s delightful space opera chronicles the struggle between the growing Terran Empire and the Ythrian Domain (inhabited by birdlike beings).  The main action occurs on the planet Avalon, a colony of Ythri but settled by BOTH humans and Ythrians who have managed to create a multicultural Continue reading Book Review: The People of the Wind, Poul Anderson (1973)

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)