Do you suppose that if we really did change San Francisco into Gotham City, place of crime, misery, and human anguish, the Googlers, Twitterers, brogrammers and trust-fund brats would be driven out so that ordinary people could live there again? » 2/26/15 11:53am 2/26/15 11:53am

In my opinion, the real reason Out of the Silent Planet is overlooked is because it is, basically, out-of-genre. It is clearly science-fictional, and it is equally clearly not part of the traditions and lineage that is genre SF. It is as if Lewis brewed it up on his own, maybe having read Wells in his youth, but not… » 2/24/15 11:45pm 2/24/15 11:45pm

In the late 1960s, when I was 8 or 9 years old, I recall going with my mother (who was working on her MA in education) to a room in a building on her school's campus filled with Teletype machines. She was getting a printout for some batch job she had run. » 2/19/15 12:12pm 2/19/15 12:12pm

"The head of Ballentine Books" (sic) was Ian Ballantine, who almost singlehandedly was responsible for the paperback book boom in North America. As I recall, he got his start with Penguin, then helped found Bantam Books, and later breaking off to start his own house, Ballantine Books. Ballantine was a major-league… » 2/18/15 6:07pm 2/18/15 6:07pm