Triceratops by Kono Tensei

In “Triceratops” by Kono Tensei a father and son discover that their suburban neighborhood is full of triceratops and they are the only ones who can see them. A dimensional fault, perhaps? They watch a triceratops walk down the street past sleeping houses and disappear silently through a wall and decide that there must in … Continue reading Triceratops by Kono Tensei

Party Line by Gerard Klein

So I thought it best to finish out July with another of Gerard Klein’s best works, “Party Line”. As I mentioned previously, Klein is a French scifi writer whose first story “appeared in 1955, when he was nineteen. He published nearly sixty more in the next decade” and now works as an editor in France … Continue reading Party Line by Gerard Klein

Science Fiction Friday: The Country of the Blind by H.G. Wells

The Country of the Blind lies in a valley in the Andes Mountains that is entirely isolated from the rest of the world. It is a valley gifted with fertile soil, a temperate climate, and an abundance of animals and fresh water. All of the children born into this country are blind. A lost mountaineer … Continue reading Science Fiction Friday: The Country of the Blind by H.G. Wells

Science Fiction Friday: Inconstant Moon by Larry Niven

“Inconstant Moon” by Larry Niven begs the questions: If this was your last night on Earth what would you do? More importantly, who would you choose to be with? “What I wanted was someone who would join my…farewell party without asking the wrong questions.” –Stan, “Inconstant Moon” This story begins in San Diego, California late … Continue reading Science Fiction Friday: Inconstant Moon by Larry Niven

Science Fiction Friday: Chronopolis by J.G. Ballard

 J.G. Ballard’s “The Chronopolis” tells of Conrad Newman who, while waiting on death row, contemplates his past and his discovery of the city of Chronopolis. Conrad lives in a world where the concept of time is obsolete. (i.e., no checking your iPhone every minute and a half for no reason). His society functions lazily with … Continue reading Science Fiction Friday: Chronopolis by J.G. Ballard

Science Fiction Friday: The Third Level by Jack Finney

Before you say, I don’t know who Jack Finney is, does Invasion of the Body Snatchers ring any bells? It’s arguably his best work but Finney is just as well known for his short fiction of the thriller and science fiction kind. If you’re into Back to the Future at all, even in the slightest, you’ll … Continue reading Science Fiction Friday: The Third Level by Jack Finney

Science Fiction Friday: Earth Eighteen by Fredrik Pohl

“Earth Eighteen” is a fun one. If you’ve ever looked around your house and taken a closer look at some of the things you hold near and dear to your heart (books? iPod? That weird lopsided beaded necklace your four-year-old neighbor gave you last time you babysat and you can’t bring yourself to get rid … Continue reading Science Fiction Friday: Earth Eighteen by Fredrik Pohl

Science Fiction Friday: Two Ray Bradbury Stories

Ray Bradbury is a staple of American literature and I dare you to tell me you’ve never heard or read his work. Think back to your early middle or high school days where you may have read A Sound of Thunder, ring any bells? I’ve yet to find a Bradbury story that’s affected me as … Continue reading Science Fiction Friday: Two Ray Bradbury Stories

Science Fiction Friday: A Descent into the Maelstrom by Edgar Allen Poe

“A Descent into the Maelstrom” is a frame story. Think Frankenstein in which each chapter involves a new character’s arrival plus a new perspective to the story. In Maelstrom a young sailor meets and older man who tells him the story of when he and his brothers were caught in a vicious maelstrom off the coast of … Continue reading Science Fiction Friday: A Descent into the Maelstrom by Edgar Allen Poe