Tag Archives: cold war

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)

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: 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: Underground, Emir Kusturica (1995)

9.5/10 (Masterpiece)

Winner Palm d’Or Cannes 1995

Seldom, if ever, have I been so enamored with a movie. Emir Kusturica weaves a poignant, comic, vicious, madcap, sprawling, and physics defying cinematic experience deftly intertwined Continue reading A Film Rumination: Underground, Emir Kusturica (1995)

Book Review: Galactic Cluster, James Blish (1959) — collected short stories from 1953-59

3.25/5 (Good — collated rating)

James Blish, famous for his Hugo winning novel, A Case of Conscience, early Star Trek novelizations, and the Cities in Flight series also wrote some interesting short shorties.  This volume includes a Continue reading Book Review: Galactic Cluster, James Blish (1959) — collected short stories from 1953-59