Rescuing Fiction and Non-Fiction | Darius Foroux and his 100 books for you to read.

What I'm going to give you here is not all of Foroux's 100 recommended books (there will be a link to them at the end), only those of the 100 that I have read, and why I think you should, or shouldn't read them. Here's my selection: (1) Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. One of Rome's … Continue reading Rescuing Fiction and Non-Fiction | Darius Foroux and his 100 books for you to read.

Rescuing Fiction | The Most Influential Sci-Fi Books of all Time by K. W. Colyard

When I saw the title of this post by K.W. Colyard, I felt my usual reaction of mild curiosity mixed with scepticism. A reader of SF since the 1950s, I've found most commentary of this kind disappointingly superficial, and sometimes outright wrong. What a surprise was in store for me. Kristian Wilson Colyard is an … Continue reading Rescuing Fiction | The Most Influential Sci-Fi Books of all Time by K. W. Colyard

Rescuing the Future | Artificial Intelligence | Will Einstein come back?

Despite the dark clouds approaching our civilization in 2022, here is why I'm looking forward to the future anyway. One of my favorite SF stories is one by Frederick Pohl in which the protagonist, who I'll call Ted, travels about the galaxy in his personal spaceship with an AI associate that manifests itself in the … Continue reading Rescuing the Future | Artificial Intelligence | Will Einstein come back?

Rescuing Fiction | 10 forgotten Novels you might want to read

When the public stops reading a novel, that book goes into a hibernation that it may never emerge from. The winter of the forgotten can last forever. Some books are never forgotten, and that’s usually because of a character. Many of Dickens’ characters – think of Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol - may prove … Continue reading Rescuing Fiction | 10 forgotten Novels you might want to read

Rescuing the future and the past | Hurricane Ida’s flooding of New York City this week | Saving the city in the year 2278

This week I was reading again about the assault of Hurricane Ida on New York City, this time about how the water overwhelmed the New York subway system. I couldn't help remembering that in my novel Skol, a critical part of my character Simon's long odyssey on wilderness Earth in the year 2278 includes a … Continue reading Rescuing the future and the past | Hurricane Ida’s flooding of New York City this week | Saving the city in the year 2278