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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)

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

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: The World of Null-A, A. E. van Vogt (published as a serial in 1945, revised in 1948)

3.5/5 (Above Average)

A. E. van Vogt’s The World of Null-A is a frustrating but worthwhile experience.  This is in part because of the trite introduction inserted in my edition of the work by A. E. Van Vogt defending his work against the notorious (and career making) critique by the sci-fi writer Continue reading Book Review: The World of Null-A, A. E. van Vogt (published as a serial in 1945, revised in 1948)

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 Update: Recent Science Fiction Acquisitions N. I