Getting Your Science Right

In James Blish’s novel “They Shall Have Stars” we read: “there was no electronic device anywhere on the Bridge since it was impossible to maintain a vacuum on Jupiter.” The assumption Blish made was that electronics implied vacuum tubes (no transistors invented yet), which would collapse under the extreme atmospheric pressure found on our giant […]

Daimones “On the Gods and the World”

Daimones is not your usual post-apocalyptic story. It has been a disturbing read for many readers, but for a vast larger group of discerning readers it has been quite a discovery. The trilogy has sold in excess of 10,000 copies to date. Maybe you’ll be one more after this post? Happy reading   Daimones (The […]

Vulcan’s Hammer – Philip K. Dick

 Vulcan’s Hammer might be one of the lesser works of Dick, true, but it remains an interesting novel narrating of a world ruled by computers as only Dick could do. In this planet Earth of the future, all major decisions—in every field—are taken by a supercomputer known as Vulcan. The computer processes data are provided by “Directors” of the […]

Star Trek – Alan Dean Foster

Novelizations, i.e., adaptations in the form of a novel of the story of a movie, is a difficult task. Without much circumlocution, they do not always manage to live of their own life. Essentially, they are part of the promotional machine, an attempt to obtain as much dollars as possible from the fame of a film. The writer […]

Farnham’s Freehold – Robert Heinlein

We are back to Robert Heinlein with a novel that mixes a post-nuclear future, time travel, and alternate realities, three classic themes of science fiction, treated in hundreds of novels and short stories, but rarely all together. It also reminds me of some of the post-apocalyptic survivors’ themes of my “Daimones Trilogy.” Farnham’s Freehold starts in […]

Mission of Gravity – Hal Clement

Hal Clement, also known as Harry Clement Stubbs, was born in Somerville, Massachusetts, in 1922 and published his first science fiction story in Astounding Science Fiction in 1942, a year before graduating in astronomy. After serving as a USAF bomber pilot, with 35 missions over the Nazi Germany, Clement remained in the Air Force as a […]

Roma Eterna – Robert Silverberg

The relationship between Robert Silverberg and science fiction was one of those difficult and complicated marriages, started in 1955 with Revolt on Alpha C, a novel for teenagers (today we call them YA) who talk about space cadets and their first training cruise… would you be able to imagine anything more obvious? The initial production of […]

The Science in Science Fiction

Each year, the prestigious journal Science lists the best scientific discoveries, drawing up a separate ranking. The editors of the magazine cast their eyes to the future, indicating the areas of greatest scientific interest in the coming years. According to Science, what expects us will have to wait for the “scientific satisfactions” from experiments, large and small, […]

Shadrach in the Furnace – Robert Silverberg

Written by Robert Silverberg in his most creative phase, Shadrach in the Furnace is a novel that describes an unpleasant world: tyranny and degradation dominate the uncertain lives of men, threatened by a terrible genetic disease. After a long series of political upheavals — started with the eruption of the volcano Cotopaxi — and the terrible […]

The Fountains of Paradise – Arthur C. Clarke

The Fountains of Paradise takes place in a scenario typical of many novels from Clarke. We are about a hundred years in the future, in a solar system that begins to be colonized in a massive way, a situation, if not likely, at least possible. The novel has been published in 1979 and Clarke envisions […]

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