Archive for Science fiction

Isaac Asimov in Space!

Well, kinda, sorta. On board Space X’s Heavy Falcon are sequestered  copies of his Foundation novels. The Good Doctor would approve.

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Happy National Science Fiction Day!

It is held annually on January 2, the birthday of the prolific author, science fiction master, and fellow Brooklynite Isaac Asimov. Please review our previous science fiction postings for apposite readings in this genre.

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Science Fiction Christmas Stories

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Photos of Science Fiction Conventions

Before there was ComicCon, there were cons (science fiction conventions) dating back to the 1930s. Cosplay? That, too, appeared at science fiction conventions. Panels? Yep, sf cons as well. A goldmine of searchable photos, almost 6000 in total, from science fiction conventions from the 1960s and 1970s are now available. A great way to visually document the fanbase of sf as well as its authors.

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One of Science Fiction’s Greatest Magazines – Galaxy Magazine – Now Online for Free

Well do I remember subscribing to Galaxy; it eschewed the tech-heavy fiction of other pulps and concentrated on more “literary” offerings and stories that dealt with societal concerns. While this collection is not complete, it does offer almost 350 monthly issues. In its pages, you will find the first short rendition of what came to be one of Ray Bradbury’s most widely-read works – Fahrenheit 451 – here in the guise of the story “The Fireman“. All the giants in the field of science fiction appeared in Galaxy from Asimov to Simak to Brown to Sturgeon, the list is endless. And so are the vistas that these authors conjured up on a monthly basis. Here is a partial author listing.

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Brian Aldiss, 1925-2017

He was one of the seminal writers (along with Michael Moorcock and J G Ballard) who ushered in the British “new wave” of science fiction. I eagerly looked forward to his work, remembering his challenging novels from the 1960s through the late 1990s. It must also be stated that he was an influential editor, anthologist, and non-fiction writer.

Biographical information about him can be found in this entry from the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. Obituaries can be found at The Guardian, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and Locus.

Remembrances are at Ansibleinterviews are on YouTube; here is a great interview from 2015 from The Telegraph.

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The Best Eclipse Story Ever Written

In fact, it is considered one of the all-time great science fiction stories, penned by a twenty-one year-old who still worked in his family’s candy store in Brooklyn. I am talking about Nightfall by Isaac Asimov. You can check here to see how many times it has been re-published and in what languages. Here is the Guardian’s take on this story. (I have fond recollections of meeting Dr Asimov as he strolled down 5th Avenue sporting his cowboy hat and string tie. I had the dubious honor of almost running the Good Doctor over when he crossed a street in mid-town without looking.)

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