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James Blish: A feminist gets angry

I finished reading James Blish’s really excellent space opera novel Earthman, Come Home (1955) in a towering anachronistic feminist rage. The novel is exciting, expertly-paced and has rightly been acclaimed as one of the truly innovative masterworks of science fiction. 681 more words


review: 'The Midwich Cuckoos' by John Wyndham


Don’t you just love the feeling of being mentally traumatised by a novel? No? Just me then. I feel like I’ve been subjected to a minor cognitive lobotomy. 519 more words

Book Collecting

So it appears I’ve become a book collector.

To be clear, I’ve always been a book accumulator. There’s never been a time in my life when I didn’t have shelves and shelves of books at my disposal. 1,503 more words


The Chrysalids - my first favourite Sci-Fi book

It has been two months since the new year started. One of my resolutions was to write at least one blog post a month, and I have failed for the first month. 1,166 more words

Book Reviews

6 Degrees of Separation: This Book will Save Your Life

Welcome back to Six Degrees of Separation, in which authors Annabel Smith and Emma Chapman provide a book title, and we link it to six other books in any way we like. 433 more words

6 Degrees Of Separation

Male scientists save the world in Fred Hoyle’s The Black Cloud (1957)

There is so much to say about The Black Cloud: let me count the ways. (1) It’s written by one of Britain’s most pioneering, persistent and celebrated maverick physicists, Fred Hoyle. 1,027 more words


Compassion Circuit (1954) by John Wyndham


Wyndham’s tale of robots designed only to do those things they deem beneficial for mankind requires the assistance of an exceptionally stupid character, the husband of a frail woman whose declining health necessitates drastic action.

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