Bah!

May. 15th, 2009 08:02 pm
lynxreign: (Constellation)
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lynxreign: (Forbidden Cast)
I was listening to NPR on my way to get lunch. They were talking about Michael Chrichton, who is dead. I think he was a mostly hack writer who wrote SF adventure stories. They were playing him up as a great writer who popularized science.

One of the babblers they had on, in extolling Chrichton, said "There's a lot of bad Science Fiction out there", this being the first time they're deigned to say the words "Science Fiction" and goes on to give the examples of Volcano and The Core.

I think is says quite a bit about Crichton if that's what you have to resort to to make him look good. Also, the same babbler then said "He demonstrated how dinosaurs could be cloned from ancient DNA, though it couldn't really work that way." So Crichton is just as ridiculous as the Volcano, the biggest flaw of which according to the babbler was that it had a Volcano appear where it couldn't.

I hate when they denigrate SF and extol a "mainstream" author for poorly doing what SF authors do well and hold up movies as typical SF.
lynxreign: (Default)
I just found out he committed suicide on the 4th. I wasn't that familiar with the man, just his books and mostly his older books. I'm a little surprised I hadn't heard and that he killed himself.
I double checked on Wikipedia and discovered through links there that he had an LJ account. He'd updated as recently as the 2nd.
lynxreign: (Blaster)
I've been unpacking books. Naturally books from these boxes have been making their way into my "to read" piles. I'm currently reading an old anthology published in 1968, meaning the stories are primarily from the 40s and 50s. It is a "concept anthology" called Apeman, Spaceman and contains SF stories, poems, science articles and even a Peanuts comic. Some of the science is wretched or embarassing, but the SF is still mostly fun. I'm reading a story now by an author I love: H. Beam Piper, and I came across a line I wanted to share.

The story is about xeno-archaeology and while the main story is about trying to translate alien languages without a rosetta stone, they're in the middle of excavating a Martian city.

Remember, this story is originally from 1957

Hubert Penrose was shouldering something that looked like a surrealist machine gun but which was really a nuclear-electric jackhammer.

I'd also like to mention that this story takes place in the far-flung future of...

1996.

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