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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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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 other science fiction of Pierre Boulle

Continuing perhaps the trend of discussing lesser known works of various science fiction authors, I am turning my attention to an omnibus volume (in French) of the four books (apart from Le planète des singes which in English is called … Continue reading

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A short note

I’m a bit preoccupied today to do a proper blog-post lest it not be to my usual standards. Nevertheless I wanted to take the opportunity to mention that I am also in the process of adding pages to this blog … Continue reading

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The Odyssey: Book 1 lines 319-324

Now we see both Athena/Mentes and Telemachus starting to go into action. One of the things to bear in mind here is that although epithets are used repeatedly with recurrent characters in the story, so that those adjectives can seem … Continue reading

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The Odyssey: Book 1 lines 221-229

These lines contain both Athena/Mentes‘ reply to Telemachus and her startled question about what the suitors are doing. Although this section consists of just a few lines, it encapsulates much about ancient Greek culture. In the first three lines, Athena … Continue reading

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The Odyssey Book 1: lines 178-212

Now comes Athena/Mentes‘ reply, in which Telemachus learns that his father is alive and on the island of a nymph, although Calypso is not mentioned explicitly by name. The first part of the reply might seem deeply ironic because the … Continue reading

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