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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Second Variety by Philip K Dick
















Just read this as a webpage on my Blackberry (downloaded from Project Gutenberg) Second Variety at Project Gutenberg
Basically its kind of a cold war scenario story but set in the future with once again the Russians depicted as the bad guys (yawn)
The story itself is actually quite good and was published in May 1953, an early piece of PKD before he discovered drugs and messed his stories up.
 Basically its one of Dick's many stories in which nuclear war has left  the Earth's surface as an uninhabitable, gray ash pile, and the only things remaining are killer robots called 'Claws'.

The header of the story reads:
The claws were bad enough in the first place—nasty, crawling little death-robots. But when they began to imitate their creators, it was time for the human race to make peace—if it could!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Free book!!

Now this is cool! You buy issue 198 of SFX and there's a voucher inside. Take it to Waterstones and you can claim a free pb copy of House of Suns by Alastair Reynolds! That'll do me!


Free book with SFX #198

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Hothouse


Now onto a classic by English author Brian Aldiss. I read this book some years ago and I believe I enjoyed it. Written in 1960, originally as a magazine series it was re-issued by Penguin last year and so I bought a copy from Waterstones, and now its time for a re-read!
Basically its about the Earth a million years from now, when it has stopped spinning and is tidally locked with the moon, and in fact connected to the moon by giant spider webs.
The main group of organisms in the book are the plants-it is like being in a giant

greenhouse, with insects crawling all over it and humanity stuck in the middle, no longer the dominant species.

When you read about it it does sound like fantasy but when you actually read it you realise it is SF, just very out there SF! And who knows what the world will be like in a million years time!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

The Moon is Hell!

Not been reading much of late, got kind of bored with SF, and being rather busy and fed up of the heat,the World Cup and annoying  chavvy neighbours - I  needed a break, and it took me ages to re-read Rendezvous with Rama. I've also been busy with photography and other things, and have been working on a few other blogs.
But now I'm back on the horse as it were and am going to start on a slim paperback by the late great John W. Campbell Jr.
Who you may ask? Well some may know him as the editor of Astounding Science Fiction back in the 1930s and 40s and as promoter of  early SF in general, garnering the likes of Asimov and Heinlein. But he was also a damn good SF writer himself! He wrote a story called Who Goes There-many may be familiar with the 1981 John Carpenter film The Thing, which was based on that old story!
Anyway this book (awful cover pic!) concerns itself with a moon mission and was written in 1951, taking the form of a journal, with chapters being like diary entries. Could be fun....

Fun it wasnt-far from it in fact! I found it very dull and boring  as there is no dialogue or character interaction at all. I got halfway through and had had enough!