When I finally finish Terminal Cafe (probably while at work sometime this week--I'm heading into a five-day/60-hour slog starting tomorrow), I think my next two selections will be a couple of well-known classics that I have somehow never managed to catch over the years.
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Thursday, February 19, 2009
One of the M-Brane writers recommended Frank M. Robinson to me a while back and specifically mentioned The Power. It's been filmed a couple of
times--haven't seen either one of the movies--and I was somehow unaware of it. Then, the very next day after it was recommended to me, I was in the used book shop and found a copy of it. The shop owner told me about the movies. One was a TV special and then, later, George Pal made a movie of it starring George Hamilton and Suzanne Pleschette. This seems to be such common knowledge now (that I'm aware of it) that I wonder, as I often do, if I have somehow slid over from a slightly d
ifferent alternate universe, that didn't have this book and these movies, without realizing it.
The other one, newly re-released by St. Martin's and newly bought by me at Barnes and Noble with some of my tax refund money, is Joe Haldeman's The Forever War. This one I had certainly heard of again and again over the years, but never managed to turn up a copy in either a store or a library. Or just wasn't remembering to look for it when there probably were copies around. I remember first hearing of it when I was a kid in the early 80s and had read in either Analog or Asimov's a review of a game based on it. Later, I kept hearing of it as being a sort of counterpoint or rebuttal to Starship Troopers. Anyway, I am looking forward to it, because I have had a sort of secondary project going on the last couple years of trying to read the major works of military science fiction. The novel that I have been ever more slowly writing (code-name Current Project...should soon be re-named Neglected Project) has developed into something that could probably be classified as military sf, so that's a lot of the reason I have lately become more interested in that sub-genre. This new edition features an intro by John Scalzi.Related Articles :