Book Review: Orbit Unlimited, Poul Anderson (1961)

3/5 (Average)

Poul Anderson’s Orbit Unlimited is comprised of four short stories linked together chronologically and occasionally by recurrent characters.  This structure is essentially a loose-form novel.

The first section describes the persecuted Constitutionalists (think Continue reading Book Review: Orbit Unlimited, Poul Anderson (1961)

Book Review: The Dramaturges of Yan, John Brunner (1982)

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1/5 (Drivel)

First:

Imagine a universe where art has evolved to the point where a single man can utilize images, computers, mythology, drugs, history etc to single handily bring about a monumental shift in a culture’s society––even bringing about a past “culture/realization of past” that had long since dissipated on a planet. Continue reading Book Review: The Dramaturges of Yan, John Brunner (1982)

A Film Rumination: Europa (released as Zentropa in the US), Lars von Trier, (1991)

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9/10 (Masterpiece)

Notable Awards received: Nominated for the Palm d’Or Cannes, Won Best Artistic Contribution Cannes, Won Jury Prize Cannes, Won Technical Grand Prize

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For some reason despite my obsession with European cinema Continue reading A Film Rumination: Europa (released as Zentropa in the US), Lars von Trier, (1991)

Book Review: The Reefs of Space, Frederik Pohl and Jack Williamson (1964)

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3/5 (Average)

The Reefs of Space, by Frederick Pohl and Jack Williamson, is the first novel of the Starchild Trilogy (which includes Starchild and Rogue Star).

The novel follows the brilliant (and amnesia induced) scientist Continue reading Book Review: The Reefs of Space, Frederik Pohl and Jack Williamson (1964)

Book Review: Star Winds, Barrington J. Bayley (1978)

2/5 (bad)

Future Earth uses special ethereal silk (from Mars) to power wood ocean going boats across the sky. The silk is running out and the ocean going boats with canvas are going to be the next big thing. OK.

AGAIN, the draw of the “future crumbling empire fixation” (FCEF) Continue reading Book Review: Star Winds, Barrington J. Bayley (1978)

Book Review: Mission to the Stars (variant title: The Mixed Men, A. E. Van Vogt (1945)

3/5 (Average)

A. E. van Vogt spins a great space opera in this short (157) page volume. Mission to the Stars–as it was later known–was originally published under the name The Mixed Men.

Here is a brief plot summary: Lady Gloria Laurr, Grand Captain Continue reading Book Review: Mission to the Stars (variant title: The Mixed Men, A. E. Van Vogt (1945)

Book Review: The Warlord of the Air, Michael Moorcock (1971)

3/5 (Average)

Notable as an Early Steampunk/Jules Verne homage….

The Warlord of the Air is the first of a trilogy of steampunk novels (Land Leviathan, The Steel Tsar) by Moorcock collected in the omnibus edition The Nomad of Time and later as The Nomad Continue reading Book Review: The Warlord of the Air, Michael Moorcock (1971)