Category Archives: Science fiction

Arthur C. Clarke’s Rendezvous with Rama

I must admit that I’ve never been a particularly avid reader of science fiction.  I’ve read very few of the works of the classic authors such as Clarke, Asimov, Heinlein, and Bradbury*, and I have many boxes unchecked in my … Continue reading

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John Wyndham’s “Web”

John Wyndham (1903-1969) is one of those authors who falls into the category of “famous writer that you’ve never heard of.”  A number of his novels are undeniable classics that were made, and remade, into movies and television series multiple … Continue reading

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H.G. Wells’ zombies

These days, zombies are everywhere: from television series, to movies, to books, even to television commercials.  If you were to ask people how this craze got started, most would point back to the classic 1968 film Night of the Living … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Richard Matheson (1926-2013)

Yesterday, I learned via Boing Boing that Richard Matheson, amazing author of speculative fiction, horror, and much more, died at the age of 87. One of my earliest blog posts was a “horror masters” post on Richard Matheson, who I’ve … Continue reading

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Jack Finney’s The Body Snatchers

This post continues a long-neglected series of posts about classic novels of science fiction and horror that were adapted into movies of the 1950s and 1960s.  Years past, I talked about John Wyndham’s The Midwich Cuckoos and The Day of … Continue reading

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Colin Wilson’s The Philosopher’s Stone

I have to admit: I almost didn’t finish reading Colin Wilson‘s 1969 novel The Philosopher’s Stone, recently reprinted by Valancourt Books.  The novel is, in my opinion, a slow-starter; it takes quite some time for this curious story to find … Continue reading

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Vimana: a sci-fi short film kickstarter

I’ve been quite busy with a lot of official work lately, so posting new science stuff has been light.  There are a few posts in the works, but they require a bit more research before publishing. In the meantime, I … Continue reading

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His Wisdom The Defender: A Story, by Simon Newcomb (1900)

My explorations of the early history of science fiction and horror has turned up a surprising number of scientists or people with scientific training who have dabbled in speculative fiction.  Optical scientist Robert Williams Wood coauthored a pair of science … Continue reading

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Philip Wylie’s The Murderer Invisible

If it were a mystery novel, The Murderer Invisible would be a failure right off the bat, as the plot twist is explained right there in the title!  As science fiction and horror, however, this 1931 book by Philip Wylie … Continue reading

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T.C. McCarthy’s “Exogene”

Most of us are familiar with the Greek myth of Pandora and her eponymous box.  In a standard telling, Pandora is given the box by Zeus but is explicitly told never to open it.  Pandora’s curiosity gets the better of … Continue reading

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