Wednesday, April 18, 2007

The Laws of Roombotics

I often tell my students that The Onion is one of the best sf/fantasy magazines around (right up there with Asimov's and the Weekly World News). Take, for example, this week's Isaac Asimov spoof.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Author Kurt Vonnegut Dies At 84

Here is a link to CBS News, and here is a link to Douglas Brinkley's musings.

Friday, April 06, 2007

What to read next?

Since it was left up to me to pick the next FSFS book.... I thought I had better throw some choices up here so we can get reading (seeing as how April is movin' right along).

Inspired by Andy's reference to Victorian Robots, perhaps we'd like to read a bit of Steampunk this month?

I highly recommend Philip Reeve's Mortal Engines, an ALA Notable Book, ALA Best Book for Young Adults, Washington Post Book World Best Book of the Year, Nestle Smarties Book Prize Gold Award, and maker of the Whitbread Children's Book Award Shortlist. Don't let the "youthfulness" of these awards make you shy away from this book. It is an excellent read for adults as well.

Otherwise, I am not sure what else to recommend beyond, perhaps, William Gibson and Bruce Sterling's The Difference Engine. This book earned 3/5 stars on but the reviews I read weren't particularly promising.

There are also some classics out there, like K.W. Jeter's Morlock Night and Michael Moorcock's The Warlord of the Air, but I am not sure about the availability of these titles.

As far as the date for the next meeting, I suggest sometime during the week of April 22 - 28 as a possibiliy.

Questions? Comments? Joys or concerns?