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At an American germ warfare facility

American bacteriologist (holding up flask of plague): “You know what, colleague, we are really striving to transform nature…”
(Ludas Matyi, Budapest, 1951)


Asimov's Centennial: The Stars, Like Dust

The Stars, Like Dust by Isaac Asimov
Hardcover: Doubleday, $2.50, 218pp, 1951

Young Biron Farrill, the son of the Rancher of Widemos (a noble position on the world of Nephelos in the Nebular Kingdoms), is attending the University of Earth, partly to get an education and partly to find a precious document his father wants. 1,439 more words

Science Fiction

Birthday Reviews: Saberhagen, Wellman

The birthday boys of the coming week bring us tales of berserkers and balladeers.

Fred Saberhagen (1930-05-18–2007-06-29)

“Starsong” (If, January 1968)

Within a powerfully grotesque framing story about a doctor determining if the brains (some vat-grown, some removed from their bodies) within a liberated berserker base are human or not (and disposing of those that aren’t), is the story of Ordell Callison, the galaxy’s greatest singer, and his new wife, Eury. 455 more words

Science Fiction

Ace in the Hole (1951)

112 mins

Scams, cons, corruption, manipulation.  Early gem of a media circus in the desert.  Post war cynicism.  Billy Wilder on a roll.  Fabulous on location shooting.


#749 Selina Scott / James Whale - 13 May 1951

Selina Scott

Selina Scott (born 13 May 1951) is an English newsreader, journalist, television producer and presenter. She appeared as a newsreader on ITV’s News at Ten then went on to launch breakfast television in the UK, joining the BBC’s Breakfast Time programme in January 1983. 75 more words


Penman No. 387: Wallace Stegner in Manila

Penman for Monday, May 11, 2020

LIKE MANY of you, I’ve spent much of the lockdown opening boxes and sorting out files I haven’t touched in years. 927 more words

Art & Culture

1951 and 2020 - On Europe Day

by Pedro Madeira Froufe, Editor

What does the year of 1951 have in common with 2020? For now, not much. Given the circumstances we live in, few periods of recent history have anything in common with the strange year of 2020, which closes the first fifth of the 21st century. 792 more words