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21 Faces of Brave New World – Happy Birthday, Aldous Huxley

Best remembered for his novel Brave New World, author Aldous Huxley wrote ten other novels and nearly that many collections of short stories. Today would be his 118th birthday. The circumstances of his death are interesting – not only did he request (and receive) a hefty intravenous dose of LSD on his deathbed, but also […]

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Pulp Science Fiction Covers of Jack Williamson

Jack Williamson (1908-2006) was an American science fiction author whose career spanned six decades. He wrote over 30 novels and scads of short stories throughout his life and was still writing in his nineties. These are some of the great covers from his novels. He also wrote under the pseudonyms Nils O. Sonderlund and Will […]

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Nothing to See Here: Code 451

XML programmer Tim Bray is submitting a Ray Bradbury-themed proposal to the Internet Engineering Task Force (the governing body of new internet stuff) to create a new Hypertext Transfer Protocol status code. I’m sure you’ve all stumbled across a Code 404 (many of which are creative and funny) when you’ve clicked a link with an […]

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Seven Beautiful Faces of Fahrenheit 451

Slate put up a slideshow of some of the beautiful covers Fahrenheit 451 has seen over the years. Here are seven of my favorites for sale on the site. Strangely, I think I like the paperbacks best. That seems to be the way with science fiction, for me. Which is your favorite?

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Video: Ray Bradbury On Why We Need Books

The late, so great Ray Bradbury on why we need books, why we need art, why we need the fantasy and escape and imagination. There is also some fascinating information about the making of the film adaptation of The Illustrated Man. “We need artists. We need people like myself, who take hold of a piece […]

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Missing Ray Bradbury (August 22, 1920 – June 5, 2012)

Ray Bradbury, the master storyteller and legend of American literature, has died at the age of 91. The LA Times carries an interesting obituary. I adore Fahrenheit 451 (even the graphic novel version), and recently read and loved The Martian Chronicles for the first time.  I was struck by the detailed thought Bradbury had obviously […]

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Ace Books: Publishing Pioneers of Science Fiction

Anne McCaffrey, William Gibson, Ursula K. Le Guin – these prominent authors and many more owe a debt of gratitude to Ace Books. Founded in 1952, this pioneering publisher championed science fiction and helped bring talented young writers out of obscurity and into the spotlight. Many of their striking paperbacks have become favorite finds for […]

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2011 Nebula Award Winners

The Nebula Awards have been recognizing and rewarding greatness in science fiction writing since 1965. Nebulas are handed out by the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America and their annual event celebrates the books of the previous year. The 2011 winners have just been announced: Novel Winner: Among Others by Jo Walton Novella Winner: […]

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The anti-aging novel – Trouble with Lichen by John Wyndham

Forgotten book of the day is Trouble With Lichen by John Wyndham – a little piece of science fiction published in 1960 that resonates quite strongly with today’s beauty and pharmaceutical industries. I love the understated title alone – no science fiction book would dream of having such a soft title these days. The novel […]

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Triffids rule on February’s most expensive sales

I am a fan of The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham and was thrilled to see a signed copy sell for $14,500 during February on AbeBooks. I read it after seeing the BBC adaptation in 1981. I loved the book and the TV series. It sounds crazy but Wyndham’s storyline works extremely well. […]

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