Author Archive: Alan

Dragon Doggerel from Dr. Seuss

A fragment from Masterharper Geisel of Pern: (with apologies to Anne McCaffrey) LEARN ON PERN One dragon Two dragon Green dragon Blue dragon. Bronze dragon Gold dragon New dragon Old dragon. This one has a horse-like head. This one has a wide wing spread. And all of them Like to be fed. Yes. Some are …

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The One Point Five Foot Shelf of Books

Harvard University president Charles W. Eliot once suggested that a liberal education could be obtained by spending 15 minutes a day reading from a collection of books that could fit on a five-foot shelf. These ain’t them. But some of them are classics; and some of them might be classics some day. Without further ado, …

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Oy, Robot!

A post about a long lost draft of Isaac Asimov’s Evidence, a story in his classic book I, Robot. (See Eugene’s meeting notes from May 2015.) According to Wikipedia: I, Robot is a fixup of science fiction short stories … [that] originally appeared in the American magazines Super Science Stories and Astounding Science Fiction between …

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Woo Who!

The next Doctor Who will be a woman, Jodie Whittaker. Ms. Whittaker, a native of Yorkshire, England, is known for appearing in Attack the Block (2011), One Day (2011) and St. Trinian’s (2007).

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Galaxy Fest

355 issues of Galaxy Science Fiction magazine are now available for reading online or downloading here. According to Wikipedia: “Galaxy Science Fiction was an American digest-size science fiction magazine, published from 1950 to 1980. It was founded by an Italian company, World Editions, which was looking to break into the American market. World Editions hired …

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William Tenn’s Final Story

William Tenn (the pseudonym of Philip Klass) was a writer of comic science fiction. He was published extensively in Astounding Science Fiction and Galaxy Science Fiction. Among his best known stories is “Venus and the Seven Sexes.”  He was given the Author Emeritus honor by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 1999. Klass retired from writing in the 1970’s, …

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Kirk!

Stardate 70120.6: Science Officer Personal Log Our continuing mission continues. We ventured across the tidal estuary know as Hudson, rode a great escalator and arrived  in the Center of Javits. There we encountered this native of the northern lands.No longer telling fans “To get a life!”

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Encounter at Not-So-Farpoint

Stardate 70060.5: Science Officer Personal Log As part of our continuing mission, we journeyed deep into territory controlled by Stephen King, author of the Beamer’s June 2016 book. There we discovered this strange creature in the not-so-horrific environs of Penobscot Bay.I’m a pillow, not an action figure!

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Dying of Litigation in the Icy Cold of Space

  It’s 50 years since the airing of the original Star Trek series. And the lawyers at Foley Hoag have put together a detailed list of 50 of the more memorable litigated disputes. Not surprisingly, there is an emphasis on intellectual properties. Anyone remember the Romulans, a puck rock band out of California? Probably not …

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I’ll Be There For You

In a future where society is divided into groups … I’m a Richard Burke?

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