Lucky Chickens

Lucky Chickens

The Story Of … My Meeting with Roger  Many years ago now, I had the privilege of spending the better part of a weekend with sf&f great Roger Zelazny. It was back in the early ’nineties, and the Computer-Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO), of...

Why Does the World Exist? Review

Jim Holt, Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story, 2012 One chill Paris night shortly before the turn of the millennium, Jim Holt stood on the Ponts des Arts smoking, looking down at the Seine, and pondering Leibniz’s old question “Why is...

A Brief History of Time Review

Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time, 1998 This book puts me in mind of the story about how a Harvard number theorist, through some malfunction of the scheduling computer, got assigned to teach an introductory course in pre-calculus. Being one of those...

Winter’s Tale Review

  Mark Helprin, Winter’s Tale, 1983 Mark Helprin once wrote a short story about a young diplomat posted to Great Britain in World War II and assigned to assuage the plight of refugees in that conflict. After one of many long days at this thankless task, he...

Whipping Star Review

Frank Herbert, Whipping Star, Tor, 1969 To spell it out right up front, Frank Herbert’s sf novel Whipping Star is based on a very, very, very silly premise. At the risk of repeating myself, did I mention that the premise is silly? Well, it is. Here’s a partial...