Headlife by Margaret Atwood

Inspired by Ray Bradbury's The Illustrated Man "Headlife" by Margaret Atwood is one of many fantastic short stories from Shadow Show. This story is great because you know exactly what is going to happen but you don't know how, so the anticipation grows with each paragraph. Quentin is the creator and owner of Hither! Ltd., a … Continue reading Headlife by Margaret Atwood

Backward in Seville by Audrey Niffenegger

I first read "Backward in Seville" by Audrey Niffenegger in Shadow Show, a collection of short stories in celebration of Ray Bradbury. Helene and her recently widowed father Lewis are on a cruise in Spain; a cruise that Lewis and his late wife, Helen's mother, Nora were supposed to have gone on together until her … Continue reading Backward in Seville by Audrey Niffenegger

Science Fiction Friday: Earth Afire by Orson Scott Card

How could it have taken me this long to read the second book the First Formic War trilogy? I read Earth Unaware over a year ago. That’s embarrassing. At any rate, I finally read it and as with pretty much all Orson Scott Card books, it far surpassed my expectations. Spoilers ahead! One of the … Continue reading Science Fiction Friday: Earth Afire by Orson Scott Card

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

Earth Unaware by Orson Scott Card

   Earth Unaware initially surpassed my expectations so much so that I was not planning to write this review. There was nothing to critique because every page was perfection. I took no issue with this book until page four hundred, which considering how Ender in Exile went, that’s saying a lot. Two words: Imala Bootstamp. … Continue reading Earth Unaware by Orson Scott Card

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

Ender in Exile by Orson Scott Card

If you read Ender’s Game, this is the book that you desperately wanted to read immediately afterward but couldn’t because it wasn’t written until twenty three years after Ender’s Game was published. Purposeful on the part of Orson Scott Card? No, so he claims. Annoying? Yes. Worth the wait? Though I didn’t read Ender’s Game … Continue reading Ender in Exile by Orson Scott Card

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