Category Archives: Science fiction

Fred Hoyle’s “The Black Cloud”

I am utterly fascinated by active scientists who also write fiction, particularly science fiction.  There have been more of them than the average person realizes, including physicist Robert W. Wood, who co-wrote The Man Who Rocked the Earth (1915) and The Moon-Maker … Continue reading

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H.G. Wells’ stories about BUGS

Update: Added one more Wells bug story! This short post is something of a public service.  Earlier today I saw some tweets from film critic Scott Weinberg referencing an urban legend related to the very silly 1977 Bert I. Gordon film Empire … Continue reading

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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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