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ORIGINAL FICTION: "The Trucker" by William Allen Avitt

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They say your sins will find you out, and that they will. I know this from experience. No matter how smart or how clever you think you are, you can't outrun yourself. Can't outrun the judgement. I thought I could, but like so many who try, it all came out in the end.

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NON-SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE REVIEW: “Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief” (2010)

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It’s kind of a terrible title, isn’t it? It sounds like something from a bad Ramada Inn Lounge cover band. “I am Percy Jackson, and these are The Olympians! Goodnight, Lompoc, we love you! Be sure to check out our debut album, ‘The Lightning Thief’ at our van in the parking lot after the show!” Of course this is a Fantasy film, and not in the SF genre, but since it’s a slow Sunday and there’s not much else going on, I figured ‘what the hell.’

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BOOK REVIEW: “The Enchanted Island of Yew” by L. Frank Baum (1903)

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NOTE: “Oz” and everything pertaining to it is not Science Fiction, it’s Fantasy. However, the books had a profound influence on the early masters of the genre like Heinlein and Bradbury, and they have an immensely complex interior world they developed, so I’ve decided occasionally to mention them here, not because they’re SF, but because they’re part of the intellectual soil from which SF grew.

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CLASSIC SCIENCE FICTION BOOK REVIEW: “Erewhon Revisited” by Samuel Butler (1901)

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I read Erewhon out of curiosity some years ago, as I have a soft spot for travelogues of nonexistent lands. They’re just fun, particularly the ones like Gulliver’s Travels and Utopia, that are social satire. I found mention of “Erewhon” (A lazy anagram for “Nowhere”) in the “Dictionary of Imaginary Places” and read it a few years back. I found it tedious and dull, for the most part, a particularly dry book written primarily to satirize the theory of evolution, which he disagreed with.

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