The Captain's Tale

Do you have a favorite book or movie that has stuck with you since childhood? One of mine was 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne. I think the Disney movie hooked me. The scene with giant squid was one of my favorites of any movie.

As I grew-up, I was pleased to discover the sequel, The Mysterious Island. It was made into a movie as well. The movie was made by different people and I don't think it was as good as the Disney.

What do you think?

Infinite possibilites...

What would happen in we lived in a world where reality was constantly changing? A world where infinite realities merge and no one remembers anything exactly the same? In Finity, author John Barnes asks this very challenging question. Professor Lyle Peripart has been hired by industrialist Geoffrey Iphwin to investigate the mysteries that no one remembers and which may or may not have happened. The world is a strange place when infinite realities collide!

A fish tale, of sorts

In her alternate histroy science fiction novel The Moon and the Sun, Vonda N. McIntyre portrays the moral struggle of Marie-Josephe de la Croix. Marie-Josephe is the sister of Father Yves de la Croix, the natural philosopher of King Louis XIV of France. Father Yves has just returned from a sea voyage with the possible source of immortality, a living sea monster. As the story unfolds, Marie-Josephe must decide between the powers of her world and her own conscience. What will she choose?

Time Travel

Have you ever wanted to travel through time? Jack Finney author of Invasion of the Body Snatchers tells us about the time traveling adventures of Simon Morely in his stories Time and Again and its sequel From Time to Time. Si is recruited by the U.S. Government to take part in a time travel experiment based on hypnosis. When he awakes, it's 1882, or is it? You can also enjoy Time and Again on Book on CD.

Contest of Worlds

August Seebeck's great-aunt is a bit nuts, or is she? Every Saturday night for the last few weeks she finds a corpse in her bath. The body is gone by the next day. August didn't believe her until one night he saw people shoving a boy into the second-floor bathroom of her home. This discovery leads August into the Contest of Worlds. A game played by superbeings, of which August is one. Follow August's adventures in Damien Broderick's books, Godplayers and K-Machines. For more multiverse fun, check-out Roger Zelazny's Nine Prices of Amber.

In a pinch for time

Don't have a lot of time to read but want to enjoy a decent science fiction story? Give Masterpieces: The Best Science Fiction of the Century a try. You find luminaries like Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, and Arthur C. Clarke. The collection was compiled by Orson Scott Card, another great science fiction author. Enjoy!

A Woolly Story

Have you ever wanted a pet? How about a really big pet, like a mammoth. John Varley writes just a story in Mammoth. Multibillionaire Howard Christian always gets what he wants. He wants a live mammoth and is willing to pay. Christian sends a team to Canada to hunt for a frozen intact woolly mammoth to use for DNA. The team finds one, along with the body of 12,000 year old mummified man, who is wearing a wristwatch...

Remembering Patrick McGoohan

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Reading the New York Times yesterday, I was surprised and saddened to see that the actor Patrick McGoohan had died. As a teenager, I became quite a fan of the cult 60's television series The Prisoner which McGoohan created and starred in. It was a strange sci-fi/spy series about a retired spy known only as "Number 6" who is trapped in an unusual retirement village for people who know too much. We are never quite sure who is holding him there, and the series uses his story of opposing his mysterious jailers to contemplate ideas of personal freedom and government oppression. I'm not doing it justice here, but this was a wild and wonderful creation of McGoohan's imagination, so check out The Prisoner yourself from our collection.

P.S. McGoohan is also known for his role in the movie Braveheart later in his career.

Second Foundation

Isaac Asimov, one of the world's greatest science fiction authors wrote the Foundation series. Many authors have written stories within Asimov's universe. Three of them are Gregory Benford, Greg Bear, and David Brin. Between them, they wrote Second Foundation trilogy, Foundation's Fear, Foundation and Chaos, and Foundation's Triumph. The stories follow the rise, fall, and rise again of the human galactic empire.

You Cannot Change the Laws of Physics

Well, maybe the laws of physics can be changed. At least they can be in author S. M. Stirling's Emberverse series. It all starts in Dies the Fire. An electrical storm centered over the island of Nantucket has rendered all electrically powered devices useless and firearms inoperable. The works changes in an instant as people band together in feudal groups to survice. The story continues in The Protector's War, A Meeting at Corvallis, The Sunrise Lands, and The Scourge of God.

What is your favorite post-apocalyptic book?

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