Friday, September 30, 2016

Great links, #FridayReads and Clifford D. Simak

Happy damp and chilly last day of September! One of my #FridayReads is Clifford D. Simak's 1951 science-fiction novel Time and Again, the awesome Ace Books cover of which is pictured above. (The artwork is by Jack Gaughan.) I read Simak's Special Deliverance (1982), one of his last novels, earlier this year and really enjoyed his writing, so I picked up a bunch of his old paperbacks. I want to read through them chronologically, so Time and Again is where I'm starting. I'm about a quarter of the way through and really enjoying how thought-provoking it is.

Simak doesn't excel at writing hard science-fiction, full of precise and correct details about the physics of space travel and such. But he does excel at exploring both sides of debates over philosophy, civilization and humanity. There's one thing he appears to have gotten very wrong, though: The book is set about 6,000 years from now, and people are still getting morning newspapers delivered to their door. (Also, everyone still smokes.)

My other current and recent #FridayReads:

  • The Shepherd's Life: Modern Dispatches from an Ancient Landscape, by James Rebanks (almost finished; highly recommended)
  • Rare Books Uncovered: True Stories of Fantastic Finds in Unlikely Places, by Rebecca Rego Barry (my Goodreads review)
  • Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, by Ivor H. Evans (my Goodreads review)
  • Ms. Marvel #11, by G. Willow Wilson, Takeshi Miyazawa and Adrian Alphona
  • Paper Girls #8 and #9, by Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang and Matt Wilson

And now for the latest collection of links to great things to read online...

Ashar staying cool at the York Fair earlier this month. Photo by me.

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