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(Pre-)Golden Age Science Fiction Free Online

Instead of continuing to discuss the development of science fiction as a genre of literature, this post is going to talk about resources for finding Golden Age and pre-Golden Age science fiction, whether short stories, novellas or novels, freely available … Continue reading

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Jules Verne and the birth of science fiction proper

The first writer I would identify as writing what can be properly termed science fiction is the French author Jules Verne. Admittedly, a case could be made for Mary Shelley who penned the novel Frankenstein, but in my view that … Continue reading

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The Odyssey Book 2: lines 96-102

The speech of Antinous, the leader of the suitors, continues in these lines, as it will in the lines of the Odyssey that follow. What stands out in this passage is first that Antinous seeks to speak badly of Penelope … Continue reading

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Science fiction in its time and place

Like any literary genre, science fiction is a product of its time and place. As author Frank Herbert (as reported in the book The Road to Dune) quipped, “[A]liens don’t buy books. Humans buy books.” Moreover those books are sold … Continue reading

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The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon

Part 1: The Book Review Proper Book cover of the edition I read I’ve been away from blogging for a while and that will likely continue for a bit more for the most part. Other things for the time being … Continue reading

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The Odyssey Book 2: lines 85-95

Since Telemachus has just given his speech swaying the people, now Antinous chooses to address his fellow suitors instead. Before getting to the speech itself, one should realize just how this tactic wold appear to the ancient Greek audience. Especially … Continue reading

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The Songs of Distant Earth by Arthur C. Clarke (the novel, not the short story)

While I had initially intended this blog to be discussing primarily classics of the genre of literary science fiction, especially ones I have read previously, what I am finding is that I am mostly addressing books which I happen to … Continue reading

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