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  • Capt. Xerox 3:12 pm on June 2, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    In this article, sci-fi authors remember the first genre books they read. Can you remember yours? I can't.

    • Lazarus 9:32 am on June 3, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The Star Beast by Robert Heinlein.

      Now who are these sci-fi authors listing their first reads? All strangers to me.

      • Lazarus 9:32 am on June 3, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        PS: It was also the first ‘real’ book I bought.

        • Capt. Xerox 11:48 am on June 3, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I had a similar thought. I couldn’t recognize many of the names in the list.

          As for my first sci-fi books, I remember reading a Scholastic title in the 70s called Stranger from the Depths about some kind of amphibious alien that some kids find so that could be my first official science fiction book that I read.

          Around that time, I remember my parents’ friend giving me a stack of SF books, the only titles of which I remember are M33 in Andromeda, an A.E. Van Vogt collection, and Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot.

          The first books I can remember buying were cheap, Airmont editions of The Rim of Space by A. Bertram Chandler, Invaders from Rigel by Fletcher Pratt and Tower of Zanid by L. Sprague de Camp.

          • Lazarus 3:29 pm on June 3, 2014 Permalink

            I also bought and read Stranger from the Depths!
            This one, right?

            I just checked my database to see if I still had it, but it appears I got rid of it at some point. Can’t remember anything about the story though. It would have been almost at the same time I bought that Heinlein book.

            I also got a Battle for the Planet of the Apes book from Scholastic. (The one where they use a photo from Conquest on the cover. Doh!)

        • Capt. Xerox 9:09 pm on June 5, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          That’s the one and it had that exact cover. I only have vague memories of some kids with an aquatic being, possibly alien, who helped them do something. Vague, but I was maybe 10 or 11 when I read it and that’s a long time ago.

  • Capt. Xerox 6:00 pm on May 30, 2014 Permalink

    Is the Singularity a #scifi religion?

  • Capt. Xerox 2:49 pm on May 30, 2014 Permalink

    Scientists predicted robots would pave the way to Mars 35 years ago and they're sticking to their predictions.

  • Capt. Xerox 2:34 pm on May 30, 2014 Permalink  

    The WSJ examines the new era of lo-fi sci-fi films. If you like that sort of thing, try

  • Capt. Xerox 12:20 pm on May 30, 2014 Permalink

    Is Doctor Who sexist? The study conveniently ignores the original series as part of its analysis.

  • Capt. Xerox 12:20 pm on May 28, 2014 Permalink

    >For a mere $15,000, you could own a signed first-edition of Frank Herbert's Dune. Best of all, shipping is under $20.

  • Capt. Xerox 5:57 pm on May 27, 2014 Permalink

    The writers look back 20 years later on how Star Trek: TNG's incredibly satisfying All Good Things finale was made.

  • Capt. Xerox 3:19 pm on May 27, 2014 Permalink
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    Neat story about how NASA has teamed p with the Kerbal Space Program. At least that's one way to get to the moon.

  • Capt. Xerox 1:37 pm on May 27, 2014 Permalink
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    How will we ever communicate with aliens? Don't worry, NASA's got it covered and there's even an ebook to show how.

  • Capt. Xerox 6:59 pm on May 23, 2014 Permalink  

    Scientists are drawing up plans for a space ark so we'll ready to leave this rock when the time comes.

  • Capt. Xerox 9:14 pm on May 21, 2014 Permalink

    Before you know it, killer robots will be routine.

  • Capt. Xerox 12:20 pm on May 20, 2014 Permalink
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    Lifehacker offers some helpful tips on how to survive a con.

  • Capt. Xerox 1:59 pm on May 15, 2014 Permalink  

    As someone who was ready to name his daughter Tinuviel (a Silmarillion reference), I can relate to this story: Fortunately, we had boys.

  • Capt. Xerox 8:38 pm on May 11, 2014 Permalink  

    A string of flops has some wondering whether Hollywood can continue to make original science fiction movies.

  • Capt. Xerox 9:46 pm on May 4, 2014 Permalink

    This year's Hugo nominees are stirring up some controversy, which is nothing new, but it is even more than usual.

    • Lazarus 1:12 pm on May 7, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Fascinating read about what’s going on these days with the Hugos. A sad state of affairs.

      My first ‘huh?’ moment came years ago when the Harry Potter novels started appearing. My reaction was exactly what you said; “Don’t these belong on a World Fantasy ballot somewhere?”

      But even before that I’d figured out that favoritism rather than actual merit factored into the Hugos. It became evident as I got more familiar with the many classic novels I read over the years and then comparing those to the lists of former winners and nominees. While some books to time to blossom and being skipped over could be explained to the fact that these books just did not get a wide enough distribution at the time, other nomination lapses could not be so easily explained.

      I also remember smiling back at the 2009 Anticipation Worldcon when you boldly declared that Gaiman’s Graveyard book would win at the outset of the con. You were right of course and it was yet another nick in the credibility of the Hugos.

      But all this crap happening this year goes way beyond favoritism. Sounds like a war we’ve really already lost.

      Thanks for the link though.

    • Capt. Xerox 11:18 am on May 5, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I`ve been somewhat disappointed the past few years at some of the nominations for the Hugo Awards. I suspect certain fans are mobilizing to hijack the nomination process so that their favourites make it to the ballot. It`s nothing new, but social media is making it easier than ever.

      The idea that the entire Wheel of Time series can somehow make it to the best novels list just boggles my mind. And when I see volume 3 of some ongoing series get a nomination, I have to roll my eyes. Does the book stand alone or do you have to read the entire series before you can vote for it?

      I`ve also always had a pet peeve about the number of fantasy books that get nominated, but they do qualify within the rules. So why then are their World Fantasy Awards?

      Are the Hugos losing their relevancy?

  • Capt. Xerox 3:39 pm on May 2, 2014 Permalink

    Will try to read this year's Hugo-nominated novels, although will pass on reading all of the Wheel of Time series!

  • Capt. Xerox 11:55 am on May 2, 2014 Permalink

    Congrats to Ann Leckie for winning the Arthur C Clarke award with her debut novel Ancillary Justice.

  • Capt. Xerox 12:58 pm on April 29, 2014 Permalink

    Now I've heard everything. Canadian music lenged Neil Young has written a #scifi novel he calls "f**king weird."

  • Capt. Xerox 12:35 pm on April 25, 2014 Permalink  

    How many people would it take to colonize a nearby star system? How about 10,000. You'd need a pretty big starship.

  • Capt. Xerox 12:37 pm on April 24, 2014 Permalink

    USA Today offers an interesting discussion with science fiction author John Scalzi.

  • Capt. Xerox 2:26 pm on April 21, 2014 Permalink

    If Farscape can come back as a movie, why not wrap up some other prematurely-ended #scifi shows? Earth 2, anyone?

    • Lazarus 8:14 am on April 23, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Sure. And while you’re at it, revive the Planet of the Apes TV series so we can find out what happened to those astronauts. (Full disclosure, I know next to nothing about Farscape.)

      No. The one TV series that needed a revival was Firefly and while we did get the movie Serenity to tie up some loose ends, I doubt we’ll get a real followup.

  • Capt. Xerox 9:23 am on April 19, 2014 Permalink

    If you're inventing the future, science fiction ideas are a good place to start, but they may not be the best.

  • Capt. Xerox 9:34 am on April 15, 2014 Permalink

    For only $25,000, you could own William Gibson's agent's copy of the corrected typescript of Neuromancer.

  • Capt. Xerox 4:34 pm on April 14, 2014 Permalink
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    Rumour has it a new Flash Gordon movie is in the works. Can Captain Future and Doc Savage be far behind?

  • Capt. Xerox 11:39 pm on April 13, 2014 Permalink  

    >We're drawn to the prophesies of futurologists, but they're often wrong so beware the predictions of techno-utopians.

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