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About pete

former academic scientist and presently a software engineer. Also, a science fiction and crime fiction book-blogger.

Odd John, by Olaf Stapledon

Frequently, tragic novels feature a main character who makes selfish or impractical decisions, leading to a personal disaster of some sort. Along the way, readers are often challenged to decide between their feelings of compassion or contempt toward that character … Continue reading

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Neanderthal Planet, by Brian Aldiss

The short story collections of Brian Aldiss have been hit-and-miss for me over the years; Who Can Replace a Man? was filled with thought-provoking entries, but Supertoys Last All Summer Long felt like a collection of weak material propped up … Continue reading

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The Girl With the Long Green Heart, by Lawrence Block

Discovering the Hard Case Crime imprint has led me toward the early work of a few widely-known crime authors, including those of Lawrence Block. I’ve found the early Block novels variable in quality, but usually interesting for the characters and … Continue reading

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a preview

I’ve been hampered by a virus for the last several days, creating a backlog at work as well as this site. Work comes first, obviously, but soon enough I’ll start catching up on the books shown in the pile here. … Continue reading

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Bust, by Ken Bruen & Jason Starr

The catalogue of the Hard Case Crime imprint features many titles by famous crime authors, but is also a good source for new and interesting names. This was the case when I picked up Bust, a 2006 title by Ken … Continue reading

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The Trikon Deception, by Ben Bova and Bill Pogue

Ben Bova books are all over the place: second-hand bookstores, libraries, Goodwill among other locations. I haven’t read any Bova titles until now, out of my general avoidance of hard-SF books, or post-1980 books that look they would be hard … Continue reading

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The Food of the Gods and How It Came to Earth, by H.G. Wells

A lot of good, even classic, science fiction stories are currently available for free as HTML, PDF or some e-reader format. I decided to feature some of these “freebee” pieces on a semi-regular basis this year. This is the second … Continue reading

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