Book Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” by Robert Heinlein (1966)

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It would be very hard to overstate the impact this book had on my life when I was a kid. Heinlein was, bar none, my favorite SF writer, and this was, bar non, my favorite story by him. It didn’t hurt at all that I discovered it during those lonely days of my adolescence when a kid hits that “Oh, I get it now” stage in your neurological development and his ability to amass new knowledge far outstrips his social skills. I very much identified with the character “Mike,“ consequently.

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BOOK REVIEW: “Your Trip into Space” by Lynn Poole (1953)

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I would say that everyone who considers themselves a devotee of Science Fiction should read at least one book like this, were it not for the fact that everyone I know who likes SF already *has* read at least one book like this.

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BOOK REVIEW: "The Coming of the Terraphiles" by Michael Moorcock (2010)

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I generally avoid “media novels,” such as Star Trek or Star Wars tie-ins because I think they harm the genre by taking shelf space away from original SF and F; however, I could not resist picking up Michael Moorcock’s Dr. Who novel because I’ve been an avid reader of Moorcock since my teenage years, and I’ve recently started watching Dr. Who via Netflix.

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BOOK REVIEW: “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea” by Raymond F. Jones (1965)

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I may be the first person to have *Ever* reviewed this book. Hell, I may be the first person to even have read it in a decade or so. I, myself, have only read it twice in thirty-something years, though I’ve had it all that time. It’s pretty obscure, and fairly personal to me, so allow some gonzo journalism before we get to the actual review:

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BOOK REVIEW: "Frontier Earth" by Bruce Boxleitner (Ghostwritten by William H. Keith) 1999

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The Republispouse was looking to get me some gag gifts for my birthday this year, and stumbled across a couple of novels "By" Bruce Boxleitner in the local Save-A-Buttload. With it's lurid cowboy front cover that would make Louis L'amour wince, and it's Babylon 5 Promotional Photo rear cover showing Boxleitner in an Earthforce uniform, flashing his "Hi, I'm Handsome!" smile, it is just one painfully embarrassing tome to be seen holding in public. My wife instantly knew she had a hit, and picked it up.

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BOOK REVIEW: "Selected Stories by Fritz Lieber" (2010)

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It’s an exaggeration to describe Fritz Leiber as a forgotten writer, but he certainly is not as well known among younger fans or as prominent today as he deserves. Leiber won 6 Hugos, 4 Nebulas and 20 or so other awards such as the Lovecraft and August Derleth. Leiber is a major figure in the field of fantasy, SF, and horror, yet most of his work remains out of print.

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BOOK REVIEW: "The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies Never Made" by David Hughes (2001)

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Man, what a crappy book.

Several people pointed this scrap heap out to me since it was first published, and I just instinctively knew it would suck, so I passed on their recommendations, and eventually I forgot about it. More recently I stumbled across it again, and, for some reason or another, my Early Warning Crap Detection System wasn't working, so I ordered it, and was promptly told by Miguel Cielo that, "Hey, that's the book I recommended to you three years ago!"

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BOOK REVIEW: "The collected Stories of Robert Silverberg, Volume Two: To The Dark Star" by Robert Silverberg (2007)

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I've written about this series in the New York Review of Science Fiction, but this is the first chance I’ve had to read volume 2, which contains much of Silverberg’s award winning and influential SF from the 60s. To the Dark Star went out of print rapidly and is now selling for prices such as $75 or $100 dollars online. Silverberg recently rereleased the first four volumes of the series for $5 apiece in Kindle, iPad, and Nook format, which is a tremendous deal. To the Dark Star has over a dozen stories, is over 500 pages long, and contains a lengthy introduction for each selection.

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