Category Archives: Science Fiction

REALLY SCARY MOVIES

I just finished reading Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep, the long-awaited sequel to The Shining. Doctor Sleep is an excellent read: not exactly a ghost story; not exactly a horror story; but enough of both to keep you away from small … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Frederick Pohl

The future died two days ago, with the passing of science-fiction giant and legend Frederick Pohl. Pohl was the last of the original Futurians, the direct link back to Hugo Gernsback and the beginnings of American science fiction. He was … Continue reading

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ASIMOV HUNG UP

As I was saying. . . . My first assignment as an assistant editor at Starlog Magazine was to edit an essay by the great Isaac Asimov on the possibility of actual faster-than-light travel. I read through its 5 or … Continue reading

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BRADBURY LANDING

We just can’t get enough of Mars! NASA saw its largest, most sophisticated robotic explorer yet, the Curiosity Rover, successfully land in a highly complex maneuver in mid-August.  The damned thing is so large and so heavy that they needed … Continue reading

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Ray Bradbury R.I.P.

I just heard the sad news of Ray Bradbury’s passing. He was a one-of-a-kind soul, bountifully gifted, unflaggingly positive, a loving and caring man, beloved by all who met him. Ray was only 91 . . . he thought he … Continue reading

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Science Fiction and Me . . . Part One

As a child of the Fifties, I was nurtured by a society that was rushing to embrace the future.  I watched the old Buster Crabbe Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon serials on TV—we had the first one on our block. … Continue reading

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SCIENCE FICTION, DINOSAURS, AND COMIC BOOKS

When I was a child, I had several major loves. These included science fiction, paleontology, and graphic storytelling. I knew them better as sci-fi, dinosaurs, and comics. Some kids wanted to be a fireman or a cowboy. I wanted to … Continue reading

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