Category Archives: short fiction

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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“Inside Earth” by Poul Anderson

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.  Poul Anderson (1926-2001) was … Continue reading

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The Augmented Agent and Other Stories, by Jack Vance – part 3

There’s one more aspect of the Jack Vance Integral Edition (VIE) that I wanted to mention – not only did Vance’s entire oeuvre get digitized, re-edited and published in authoritative hardbacks, but the contribution of one Paul Allen enabled copies … Continue reading

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The Augmented Agent and Other Stories, by Jack Vance – part 2

My previous post on Jack Vance mentioned his dedicated following, culminating in the production of the authoritative Jack Vance Integral Edition (VIE). The VIE is the product of the work of over 250 volunteers, who digitized, proofed, post-proofed and otherwise … Continue reading

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The Augmented Agent and Other Stories, by Jack Vance – part 1

The collection The Augmented Agent and Other Stories (1986) is made up of early short fiction by the SF Grandmaster Jack Vance. Vance (1916 – 2013) happens to be one of my favorite authors, having turned out several series’ worth … Continue reading

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an incomplete Brian Aldiss tribute list

Legendary British author Brain Aldiss (1925-2017) died last weekend, after an extremely long and productive writing career. Best known for his science fiction novels, he also published many short stories, criticism, essay collections and literary fiction. Having read many of … Continue reading

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Leiber and AI

a look at the Fritz Leiber novel The Big Time, and collection A Pail of Air. Focus is made on one story concerning chess and machine intelligence. Continue reading

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