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  • Capt. Xerox 9:34 am on April 15, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment

    For only $25,000, you could own William Gibson's agent's copy of the corrected typescript of Neuromancer. http://t.co/asJtziPhPi

  • Capt. Xerox 10:18 pm on April 13, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment

    If you like them, here are this month's science fiction book reviews from the Toronto Star. http://t.co/u55a89yNyi

  • Capt. Xerox 1:36 pm on April 1, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment

    Don’t have time to read the 860,000 words of the 111 authors featured in the free 2014 Campbellian Anthology? http://t.co/tnVQpp4KeP

  • Capt. Xerox 12:39 pm on March 20, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    George R.R. Martin has a cunning plan to keep ahead of the Games of Throne TV series. http://t.co/nXCkSFZb0e

  • Capt. Xerox 11:15 am on March 19, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment

    How many of the 2014 nominees for the Arthur C. Clarke Award have you read? I have read zero and only know one name, Christopher Priest. http://t.co/zUg4vK0OC1

  • Capt. Xerox 10:58 am on March 17, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    If you like to read the book before the movie, here are some sci-fi films coming that are based on novels. http://t.co/rUk14xwf90

  • Capt. Xerox 10:53 am on March 10, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    BBC Radio has unleashed the 30th anniversary edition of the The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy game online. http://t.co/TEEBKgep7a

  • Capt. Xerox 9:25 pm on March 9, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment

    The number of Star Trek novels is staggering. This flow chart attempts to make sense of it with a reading order: http://t.co/N6A6J44Jg4

    • Lazarus 11:08 am on March 13, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I don’t know much about ST novels But I think this is only a slice of all the ST novels out there as there isn’t even one book with the word “Vulcan” in it. If nothing else, the late Josepha Sherman burned “Vulcan’s Forge” into my brain.
      I remember when there were NO ST novels at all, and we only had the James Blish episode adapted stories. I even remember when Alan Dean Foster started writing the “Log” books as they were the first fresh and new stories after the show was cancelled. As much as I loved reading the Blish and Foster books, I was never tempted to read any of the other novels.

      • Capt. Xerox 11:32 am on March 13, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        There are supposedly more than 400 Trek novels: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Star_Trek_novels.

        That’s a lot of reading material. That probably even outnumbers the amount of Star Wars novels out there.

        I can only remember reading one Star Trek novel, The Lost Years, which attempts to bridge the gap between the original series and the first motion picture. While looking over that Wikipedia page, I saw that it was actually book one in a “cycle” of four books. Sigh.

        Actually, as I look at the various series available, there look to be some interesting premises in the Trek written universe. With the lack of any new Star Trek stories, the Abrams movies notwithstanding, it It makes me wonder if any of them are actually worth reading

        • Lazarus 12:51 pm on March 14, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Two interesting things I noticed on the Wiki.
          I just learned that the “Log” books were in fact adaptations of the animated series episodes. (I still have never gotten around to watching these.)
          Perusing the book list I was reminded that I do in fact have one of the novels on my shelves, Haldeman’s “World Without End”.
          I also now recall (confess?) that I was given a hardback of the TNG “First Contact” adapted novel as an x-mas gift one year and did read that.

  • Capt. Xerox 12:51 pm on February 28, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment

    The Toronto Star offers up its latest mini reviews of sci-fi books. http://t.co/9YYPX0YgS7

  • Lazarus 7:36 am on February 26, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment

    The Nebula nominees for 2013 have been announced. Each year I recognize fewer and fewer writers. This year I only recognize 3 names, and of those I’ve only read books by two.



  • Capt. Xerox 3:01 pm on February 21, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Looks like yet another annual sci-fi< anthology is coming, but this one will feature only American authors. http://t.co/7Tnty80xm6

  • Capt. Xerox 8:39 am on February 20, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    If science fiction had a Mount Rushmore, I'd nominate Heinlein, Asimov, Clarke and Bradbury. Who would you immortalize?

    • Jeffrey Allan Boman 11:25 am on February 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      As my idol, Asimov first off. I thought of Jules Verne too, with Philip K. Dick (many films from his ideas) and either ERB or Philip Jose Farmer.

    • Lazarus 3:12 pm on February 21, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Originally, I went with your picks “The Big 3″ and Bradbury. But “Sci-fi Gene” made me ponder HGW and I have to admit that he really deserves a spot. But do you kick out Ray? Tough call, but yeah.

      • Capt. Xerox 3:25 pm on February 21, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Bradbury never considered himself a science fiction writer, so perhaps Wells would be a better choice, but you could argue that Jules Verne is just as worthy. It’s tough to choose!

    • Sci-Fi Gene 5:16 am on February 21, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Oh good question! H.G.Wells, Asimov, Le Guin and Dick. Shame only room for four though…

  • Capt. Xerox 12:19 pm on February 19, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
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    If J.R.R. Tolkien was an advertising< copy writer, we might see ads that look like these. http://t.co/RmtZJt5wyk

  • Capt. Xerox 12:52 pm on February 18, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Den of Geek waxes nostalgic about Starlog magazine and point out you can download copies from archive.org. http://t.co/F3IPqfA4xP

  • Capt. Xerox 3:54 pm on February 12, 2014 Permalink

    Not a lot of scifi on this list of the top 100 most searched for out-of-print books in 2013. http://t.co/Cmurca7Q7b

    • Lazarus 9:24 am on February 14, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Interesting but possibly flawed list.
      I noticed that one of the Stephen King ‘sought after’ books listed is “The Body” which was the novella on which the movie “Stand By Me” was based on. Problem is, “The Body” was not published in book form, but was included in “Different Seasons” a four story collection. (You can read my rave review here: http://lazaruslair.wordpress.com/2013/06/06/different-seasons-stephen-king-1982/ )
      What I found REALLY interesting was that people are still seeking out Vincent Price’s cookbook. Apparently cooking was the one thing he loved even more than making spooky movies. :)

  • Capt. Xerox 2:03 pm on February 11, 2014 Permalink  

    NASA’s collaboration with #scifi writers has produced its first novel. http://t.co/E8kkpxmc35

  • Capt. Xerox 12:08 pm on January 21, 2014 Permalink

    Rumour has it that J.J. Abrams has finished his script for Star Wars: Episode VII.

    Now the fans are wondering where it fits into the Star Wars Expanded Universe or whether said universe will even continue to exist after Disney finishes with it.

    As the new owner of the franchise, it would appear that the years of accumulated post-Return of the Jedi stories would hinder how they move forward so it’s likely that a lot of that output will be thrown out as non-canon.

  • Capt. Xerox 3:28 pm on January 19, 2014 Permalink  

    Just saw that a new website has been set up to promote L. Ron Hubbard book, Battlefield Earth. The news comes from a press release issued by Galaxy Press, a publishing firm set up to promote the works of Hubbard, founder of The Church of Scientology.

    I’ve never seen the movie adaptation which, by all accounts, is a waste of celluloid, but I did read the book which is hardly a piece of literature, but was certainly readable if your tastes run to old-fashioned pulp adventure fiction.

    I went on to attempt the 10-part Mission Earth series that Hubbard wrote, but gave up after two chapters. It was dreadful, and my standards are pretty low.

    If you’re interested, the release is here: http://ow.ly/sJA5K

    • Lazarus 10:17 am on January 20, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’ve had the Battlefield Earth DVD sitting on my shelf for more than a year now. I actually came close to plunking it in just a few weeks ago. But I know it’s going to be rough to get through it. One day though…

      • Capt. Xerox 10:18 pm on January 20, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I am curious to watch it some day to see if it has any redeeming qualities at all. Some movies are so bad they are good, but I think this one is just plain bad.

        • Lazarus 11:22 am on January 21, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I too love SOME ‘so bad it’s good’ movies. All this talk about the movie is beginning to sound like a challenge for me to watch it. Hmm..

    • Jeffrey Allan Boman 5:28 pm on January 19, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I actually gave up on Battlefield Earth about 100 pages in.

      One of my friends slogged through. It was not something I missed.

      • Capt. Xerox 10:22 pm on January 20, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I took it from my shelf when I went on a trip to the Galapagos because it was the fattest book there and figured it would help pass the time when I needed to read something. I don’t remember the page count, but it was over 1,000 pages so it came in handy when our boat broke down and we were stranded at sea for a day. I might not have read it if I had any other books on hand.

        I managed to power through War and Peace in similar circumstances. I carried it with me on a trip through Brazil and on the long river boat ride from Belem to Manaus without a single English speaker aboard, I immersed myself in the book. While the jungle scenery is beautiful, it starts to get monotonous after the second day.

        Those trips were back in the day before ereaders. Today, I would carry a veritable library of electronic books with me if I was taking the same sort of journey.

  • Capt. Xerox 8:37 pm on January 17, 2014 Permalink

    Newspapers and magazines have been cutting back on their book reviews for some time which means not a lot of science fiction gets noticed in mainstream publications.

    The Toronto Star still has some capsule reviews every once in a while of notable books.  Here are a few and some of them have Canadian connections. Amazingly, I actually own two of them : http://ow.ly/sHOxs

  • Capt. Xerox 1:40 pm on January 15, 2014 Permalink

    X-Files star Gillian Anderson has made an effort to distance herself from the genre that made her famous,  but now she’s back as an author of a science fiction series for a new publishing imprint.

    Actually, she’s co-writing the books with someone else so there’s no saying how much actual writing she’s doing, but her name will no doubt be twice as large as her co-author’s and she’ll probably do a lot more of the media appearances to promote the series.

    As for the premise of the books, they are about Caitlin O’Hara, a child psychiatrist who is treating a young patient with problems are tied to a greater force in the universe.  The truth is out there.

    Get the deets at http://ow.ly/sCr0Z.

    • Lazarus 10:23 am on January 16, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Much as I like Anderson, I won’t hold my breath for this. Aside from the fact that she has no wrting credentials whatsoever, the name co-author “Jeff Rovin” rang a bell. I knew I had Rovin books, but as it turns out not on my extensive pile of fiction (even though he’s written a bunch of movie novelizations). Check out his bibliography (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Rovin#Fiction_and_novels)
      I know I have “Back to the Batcave” and pretty sure I have some of other general info book, probably the SF movie related one.

  • Capt. Xerox 2:28 pm on January 7, 2014 Permalink  

    For every Hugh Howey and Amanda Hocking, there thousands of other aspiring science fiction authors hoping to strike it rich with self-published novels.

    Some of those books are great, but most are unreadable. When The Guardian asked its readers to recommend good independent science fiction novels, they received more than 800 suggestions. After wading through them, the newspaper would only recommend five of them. Ouch.

    Here’s a great overview of the indie sci-fi scene at  http://ow.ly/smaM0, but the addition of recommendations from Howey are worth the price of admission.

  • Capt. Xerox 7:44 am on January 6, 2014 Permalink

    Disney is taking firm control over its Star Wars investment. Not only has it cancelled The Clone Wars TV show and a never-aired animated comedy (which may be a small blessing), but it’s also saying bye bye to Dark Horse Comics.

    Not coincidentally, Disney owns Marvel Comics so it only makes sense that they tap into that cash cow.

    My local library has a ton of the Dark Horse Star Wars editions and they were very good so I, and many other fans, can only hope that Marvel comes close to matching their quality.

    More details at http://ow.ly/siMlD.

  • Capt. Xerox 3:29 pm on January 3, 2014 Permalink

    Walter M. Miller Jr.’s classic novel A Canticle for Liebowitz is among the greatest works in the science fiction canon and I count it among my favourites.

    I was thrilled to learn that a radio adaptation was made of the book. As much as I love reading, I love listening to old-time radio and will be eagerly consuming this gem from the Internet Archive.

    Download your copy today at http://ow.ly/sfFJ8.

  • Capt. Xerox 3:07 pm on January 3, 2014 Permalink
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    Could you imagine The Hobbit if the main character was a girl instead of the familiar male Bilbo? One mother began reading the story with a female protagonist to her young daughter after the girl insisted that Bilbo was, in fact, a girl.

    The idea is interesting and the mother argues that it’s a worthwhile exercise considering that female characters are under-represented in these sorts of stories. Maybe so, but I’d prefer to stick to the gender that the author intended. Leave it to a modern author to create a classic children’s story to take on the patriarchy.

    Read more at http://ow.ly/sfFf2.

  • Capt. Xerox 6:36 pm on January 2, 2014 Permalink  

    I like this author’s attempt to determine how many people read science fiction.

    He posted a simple question using Google surveys asking people if they read science fiction. Of the more than 500 people who replied, about a quarter replied that they did.

    The survey had some other interesting findings. Who knows how statistically valid the methodology is, but it offers some food for thought. Read more at http://ow.ly/se0DP.

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