…SF addict …

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

A Mother's Love-not!

Just finished For Love of Mother-not, the prelude to the Pip and Flinx/Commonwealth books by Alan Dean Foster which was written in the early 80s. Foster's first novel, in 1972, was The Tar-Aiym Krang and is very much a hard SF space opera type romp. He later expanded the universe it is set in by adding more books in a series, and then he decided to write a kind of prequel, a book to explain how Flinx, and his mini dragon, came about.

For those not familiar with the series Flinx is a young lad with a Talent. He can perceive the emotions of those around him and detect someone's presence or change of mood, and he is accompanied by Pip, a kind of flying snake which shares a similar talent in as much as it can detect when Flink is angry at someone or in trouble. The story is set on one planet, Moth, but the other books are much more set in space, with various alien cultures- rather in the vein of Larry Niven's Ringworld.

Despite reading like a young adult's fantasy at times this book is a fun tale with decent characters and is a good introduction to the series.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

A big trip, up yonder!

Last night I read a short story by Kurt Vonnegut, and I enjoyed it.
Big Trip Up Yonder (1954) is about a time in the future in which a drug has been developed that prevents aging. A family is sharing a house and its a family made up of generations, so there's grand sons, great grand sons, great nephews and nieces etc and at the head is Gramps, who's pushing 150. Its quite a humorous tale as the real old guys call their 60 and 80 year old companions 'kids', but also there's conflict between the groups and eventually it comes to a head and the group is seperated. Gramps goes missing and the rest end up in a care home which isnt half as bad as they'd feared, but Gramps gets the last laugh!

I've tried to read a Vonnegut novel years ago but failed and never tried again, but this story made me smile in the wee hours (well, midnight!)