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As Tolkien later told it, the story began with a blank page he found in a student's term paper he was grading when he was a professor at Oxford. Never one to let a blank peice of paper go to waste, ...
by quarkstomper
Comment Count 209 comments on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 06:30 PM PST with 99 Recommends
This is the story of The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy , perhaps the most remarkable, certainly the most successful book ever to come out of the great publishing corporations of Ursa Minor -- ...
by quarkstomper
Comment Count 57 comments on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 06:30 PM PDT with 74 Recommends
Jules Verne, the story goes, disliked being compared to his English rival, H.G. Wells. In an interview he once said: I do not see the possibility of comparison between his [H. G. Wells] work and ...
by quarkstomper
Comment Count 120 comments on Sun Mar 20, 2011 at 06:30 PM PDT with 73 Recommends
Part 1: Unexpected Journey Part 2: Riddles in the Dark We devoted our last reading of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit engaged in a deadly riddle contest with the slimy and sillibant Gollum. Bilbo ...
by quarkstomper
Comment Count 84 comments on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 06:30 PM PST with 66 Recommends
The story goes that when Jules Verne was about eleven years old, he ran away to become a cabin boy on board a sailing ship. His father found out about it and was able to intercept the ship at it's ...
by quarkstomper
Comment Count 43 comments on Sun Jul 08, 2012 at 06:30 PM PDT with 65 Recommends
Part 1 Last week we began a look at the precursor to Lord of the Rings , J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit . We met Bilbo Baggins, a solid, well-to-do hobbit who is quite comfortable in his quiet, ...
by quarkstomper
Comment Count 44 comments on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 06:30 PM PST with 57 Recommends
There's an unfortunate tendency to overlook the contributions of women to the field of science fiction. The names that stick out tend to be pretty much exclusively male: Asimov, Heinlein, Clarke, ...
by quarkstomper
Comment Count 140 comments on Sun Aug 18, 2013 at 06:30 PM PDT with 50 Recommends
Welcome to the innaugural edition of the Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book Club here on Readers & Book Lovers. We're going to be doing a couple of things here: discussing themes in science fiction and fantasy; in-
by quarkstomper
Comment Count 171 comments on Sun Mar 13, 2011 at 06:30 PM PDT with 48 Recommends
If you’re not watching the Canadian science fiction TV series Orphan Black (airs on BBCA on Saturday nights at 9) you’re missing out on some killer writing and telelvision. The plot involves ...
by terrypinder
Comment Count 57 comments on Sun May 25, 2014 at 06:30 PM PDT with 46 Recommends
The funny thing is, Ray Bradbury didn't consider himself a science fiction writer. "First of all, I don't write science fiction. I've only done one science fiction book and that's Fahrenheit 451 , ...
by quarkstomper
Comment Count 23 comments on Sun Jun 16, 2013 at 06:30 PM PDT with 46 Recommends
Coninuing our look at the radio series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy , by Douglas Adams, which went on to spawn the five-part trilogy of novels, the tacky television series, the so-so movie ...
by quarkstomper
Comment Count 23 comments on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 06:35 PM PDT with 44 Recommends
Part 1: Introduction Part 2: "The Rats in the Walls" Part 3: "The Colour Out of Space" We've been looking at a few of the stories of horror ...
by quarkstomper
Comment Count 51 comments on Sun Oct 21, 2012 at 06:30 PM PDT with 44 Recommends
I've never been a big fan of H.P. Lovecraft. Although I loved monster movies as a kid, that love didn't really translate over to horror fiction. I read "The Colour Out of Space" in high school and ...
by quarkstomper
Comment Count 30 comments on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 06:30 PM PDT with 44 Recommends
After several failed expeditions, man has finally reached Mars. Now come the settlers. They came because they were afraid or unafraid, because they were happy or unhappy, because they felt like ...
by quarkstomper
Comment Count 33 comments on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 06:30 PM PDT with 40 Recommends
Part 1: Unexpected Journey Part 2: Riddles in the Dark Part 3: Into Mirkwood Bilbo is starting to feel like a real live hero now. With the aid of ...
by quarkstomper
Comment Count 47 comments on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 06:30 PM PST with 39 Recommends
Part 1: Introduction Last week we took a very brief look at the life and career of Howard Phillips Lovecraft, the Grand-daddy of Cosmic Horror and Elder Godfather of the Necronomicon. From here we'...
by quarkstomper
Comment Count 67 comments on Sun Oct 07, 2012 at 06:30 PM PDT with 38 Recommends
It is possible that this week, in which we conclude our look at Douglas Adams' radio series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy , we will discover the purpose behind Zaphod's quest, the tragic past ...
by quarkstomper
Comment Count 22 comments on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 06:30 PM PDT with 37 Recommends
Everything is Broken , by writer John Shirley is perhaps not exactly a SF novel, but it does fit under the general umbrella of Post-Apocalyptic Fiction. Shirley emerged on the cutting edge of ...
by quarkstomper
Comment Count 52 comments on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 06:30 PM PST with 36 Recommends
The planet Mars has always had a peculiar attraction to the human imagination and has been closely associated with science fiction for about as long as there has been science fiction. Venus is ...
by quarkstomper
Comment Count 72 comments on Sun Jun 09, 2013 at 06:30 PM PDT with 34 Recommends
Ursula K. Le Guin was among the first generation of feminist science fiction writers. There were women writing science fiction in the preceding era, such and Andre Norton, Liegh Brackett and C. L. ...
by quarkstomper
Comment Count 34 comments on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 06:30 PM PDT with 33 Recommends