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Fermi and Frost (1985) by Frederik Pohl


A solid entry on the rebuilding side of end-of-the-world fiction, as a SETI engineer finds himself in Iceland during the nuclear winter.

Short Stories

Backdrop of stars: The craft of science fiction, edited by Harry Harrison

In this anthology, various authors were asked to select their favourite of their own un-anthologised stories and to provide a contextual commentary on it. All the stories come from the 1950s and the first half of the 1960s, and it’s interesting to see whether they have dated or not. 193 more words

The best science fiction of the year 4, edited by Terry Carr

Another re-read of this collection of stories dating mainly from 1974. The surprising thing I found was how some of these stories had aged better than others; in more than one story set at some point in the early years of the 21st century or later, it was surprising how many of the protagonists had to find a telephone box to contact someone! 365 more words

Best science fiction of the year 13, edited by Terry Carr

Another of my re-reads of old collections, revealing interesting perspectives when looking at short stories with forty years’ (!) hindsight.

There are stories in this collection that are very much of their time but still resonate (Ian Watson’s ‘Slow birds’, which is an allegory of the cruise missile debate); there are some that seem very dated (Frederik Pohl’s ‘Servant of the people’, about civil rights for robots; and Robert Silverberg’s ‘Amanda and the Alien’). 142 more words

Advertising and Poetry

I’m currently reading The Space Merchants, by Frederik Pohl and C.M. Kornbluth. It is a satire on the advertising industry, in which ad-men must persuade people to take a horrendous trip to an inhospitable Venus. 104 more words


Win the lottery, save the species

Today, I’m going to be Robinette Stetley Broadhead.

Now, odds are that you aren’t a SF geek, and so you don’t really have any idea who that is. 588 more words

Daily Prompts

The Space Merchants (1953) by Frederik Pohl and C. M. Kornbluth

It’s a jarring experience to read ‘50s SF after devoting a month to the ‘70s. After a set of socially critical, sometimes psychedelic reads with… 872 more words

Science Fiction