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Saturday, April 16, 2011

A Heinlein fail!

Tried to read Heinlein's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, a book about a colony on the moon in the 2050s, trying to get trade embargos and such with Earth lifted. It sounds good but I found the writing style awkward and choppy, with verbs omitted, kind of like how teenagers tend to talk on facebook. No The and A, so instead of saying It gets very annoying, very quickly, we get Gets annoying quickly, or Went to computer room, no-one there.
Plus there are lots of politicing which reminded me of Asimov's dreary Foundation saga.
On the whole I found the book tedious and boring, or as Heinlein would say in this book, "found book tedious, boring..." Which is annoying because I like Heinlein's stuff; have read and enjoyed Stranger in a Strange Land, Waldo, Magic Inc, The Puppet Masters and a few others, but this one just did my head in!
Yawn...gonna read some Alan Dean Foster instead...

Monday, April 4, 2011

A touching story!

Just read Death of a Spaceman by Walter M. Miller
An old spacer reaches the end of his career but wants to witness one more launch...
Story here

Miller is well known for his novel A Canticle for Leibowitz which I've yet to read- in fact he is yet another new discovery for me!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Discovered an author-Algis Budrys

Now I'd heard of this author years ago but never read any of his stuff. Some may vaguely remember a 70s sci fi film called Who?- it was based on one of his books.
Anyway I found a couple of stories on Project Gutenberg and downloaded them to read, which I just have.

Citadel can be found here
and concerns itself with colonisation of the Galaxy and the creation of a safe haven where alien races can meet on neutral territory.

Stoker and the Stars is a shorter story, about 15 pages on my reader, and is about an enemy race and one man's intervention to bring a kind of peace.
The author seems big on alienation and repatriation!
You can get that here
Stoker and the Stars

Some information on the author:
Algis Budrys