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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: Meeting at Infinity, John Brunner (1961)

 

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A wonderful creepy cover by John Schoenherr

4/5 (Good)

Readers from the first days of my blog might recall my rather dismissive comment in my review of John Brunner’s abysmal Born under Mars (1967),

“I have still yet to find in Brunner’s early pulp(ish) novels any solid indication of his future brilliance that manifests itself so poignantly in his great novels of the late 60s Continue reading Book Review: Meeting at Infinity, John Brunner (1961)

Book Review: The Dueling Machine, Ben Bova (1969)

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2/5 (Bad)

This novel feels like two separate stories connected by the presence of the dueling machine. The story when the dueling machine is a dueling machine and the story when the Bova decides that the dueling machine is also teleportation device and a therapy device and only occasionally used for duels. The first part of the novel Continue reading Book Review: The Dueling Machine, Ben Bova (1969)

Book Review: The Seedling Stars, James Blish (1957)

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Overall score 3.75/5 (Good)

James Blish’s The Seedling Stars is a collection of three novelettes (Seeding Program, The Thing in the Attic, Surface Tension) and a short story (Watershed).  Each is loosely connected by internal chronology and subject matter: pantropy (the modifications of humans for live on other planets instead of terraforming).  The quality Continue reading Book Review: The Seedling Stars, James Blish (1957)

A Film Rumination: When Worlds Collide, Rudolph Maté (1951)

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6/10 (Average)

The famous science fiction producer, George Pal (Destination Moon, The War of the Worlds, Conquest of Space, Time Machine, 7 Faces of Dr. Loa), vividly brings to the silver screen an adaptation of the famous 1930s novel, ‘When Worlds Collide’ by Philip Gordon Wylie and Edwin Balmer.  The visual spectacle is quite Continue reading A Film Rumination: When Worlds Collide, Rudolph Maté (1951)

Book Review: Iceworld, Hal Clement (1953)

4/5 (Good)

(spoilers — however, most back covers also ruin the great surprise)

Hal Clement, an Oxford educated astronomer who contributed immensely to the hard-science fiction movement, is best known for his books Mission of Gravity and Needle, however Iceworld Continue reading Book Review: Iceworld, Hal Clement (1953)