Thursday, November 27, 2014

R is For Rocket

Happy Thanksgiving. Last night I finished reading R is for Rocket by Ray Bradbury. It was a collection of short stories, some of which appeared in The Illustrated Man. I didn't reread those. My favorite story in this collection was Frost and Fire. In this story people are born, grow up, and die in an eight day time period. Others stories that I like were The Golden Apples of the Sun and A Sound of Thunder. Most of these stories are very short, so it didn't take me too long to read this book.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

City

City by Clifford D. Simak was about how the city life got replaced with rural life, how humanity found Paradise on Jupiter, and how dogs and robots inherited the Earth. The book follows one family through ten thousand years of history. This book was a fascinating read filled with plenty of good ideas. I enjoyed reading this book.   

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Maureen Birnbaum

Last night I finished reading Maureen Birnbaum, Barbarian Swordsperson by George Alec Effinger. Maureen is a young woman who whooshes from one planet to another, having many different adventures. Each adventure is set in different world from science fiction such Edgar Rice Burroughs' Mars world and Pellucidar. The adventures are often humorous and told in first person by Maureen, who tells them to her friend Bitsy Spiegelman. I enjoyed these adventures. Maureen Birnbaum at the Earth's Core being the funniest and the interaction between Bitsy and Maureen was priceless.  

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Menace From Earth

Yesterday, I finished reading the Menace From Earth by Robert A. Heinlein. This book was a collection of short stories written by Heinlein in the 1950's. My favorite story was By His Bootstraps, a time travel story where a man has many different encounters with himself. The Year of the Jackpot was a good story about a mathematician who predicts a nuclear war. And the third story that I liked in this collection was called Water is For Washing, a flood story where the main character is afraid of water. Others stories in this collection were ok, but it didn't jump out at me.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Smoke and Mirrors

1996 was the year that I graduated from high school, so that was one of the reasons that I picked up Smoke and Mirrors from the Ohio Valley Antique Mall. It is always interesting to read a book written in that year. Smoke and Mirrors by Jane Lindskold was about a prostitute named Smokey with telepathic powers, who discovers an alien mind in one of her customers. The book centers around Smokey and the struggle against this alien presence. It was a pretty descent book, well worth the read.  

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Biodroids 2300

Recently I finished reading Biodroids 2300 written by C.M. Alexander. It was about an evil corporation called Harran that uses sex and religion to gain control of humanity. When you convert to their belief system they implant a computer called 2300 in your brain. The story center around a young couple named David Young and Valerie King who stand up to the Harran corporation. They win by gaining support with an alien mind from another planet. This was an entertaining story, although the grammar and punctuation made it read like a second draft. Also, I tried looking up this book on the web and could find very little information about this story or its author. I even had to create a goodreads page for this book.

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Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Men, Martians, and Machines

Last night I finished reading Men, Martians, and Machines by Eric Frank Russell. It was a collection of short stories about the space ship Marathon. Overall, the stories had the same ending, but with a different setting. The seven foot robot Jay Score was the hero. Half the crew were humans and the other half were Martians that loved to play chess. The book was somewhat dated by the attitudes of the first person voice and the words picked to describe the events. It seemed a little repetitious at times.

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Saturday, November 01, 2014

Midas World

Last night I sat up until midnight reading Midas World by Frederik Pohl. It was sort of a collection of short stories with the same theme. The basic plot was Amadeus Amalfi invented a Fusion Power device and its impact on humanity. I really liked the satire in this story, plus it had robots that could think, and people living in their own private space stations.   

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