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I actually met one of the cover artists (No, I have never been to a convention, I just live nearby.) and He just painted what he wanted to.

When syfy was in short supply, I would read horror.  Yet the scariest horror stories all turned out to be syfy (probably because it was more real to me) like Campbell's "Who goes there?", Kornbluth's "The Marching Morons" and Forrester's "The Machine Stops"; two of those because I can see them slowly comming true around me!  A bit like the cover of that bromance.

I don't mind historical or mythical stuff turning up, as long as the explanation makes sense.  In my opinion, being set in space/the future is not the definition of syfy, that can be space-opera which I loathe!  However, the people do matter, if we did not care for them, the science or tech would not matter either.  But, romance, action and affection for the characters are like salt and pepper on my dinner. They bring out the flavour, but there must be something to bring out the flavour of.  On their own they are inedible.

I have not read Lewis's Hideous strength, an omission I must correct!
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Originally posted by Technophobe Technophobe wrote:

I have not read Lewis's Hideous strength, an omission I must correct!


Warning: the book is part of a triology where Lewis explores some aspects of his Christian faith (like the introduction of evil parallel to the Garden of Eden story in the Voyage to Venus).  I don't know if that would put you off or not.  


Actually it is years since I have read them, so I forget the science part of them.
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Not at all.  Pagan is my path*, but they all end up in the same place**.

Anyway, suspending disbelief is part of the process of enjoying a good book.  I loved "Black Easter" By James Blish.





* I have a problem with blind faith - I don't have any.  I don't require double blind, scientific trials,  but at least something which would stand-up-in-court. 

**Very little proof of that one, just a few hints, clues and the testimony of some trusted/worthy people.
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Ps What are the other two books called?  I will track them down as a trilogy.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote carbon20 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 19 2018 at 4:27am
Funny My wife says she is a Pagan,

Im a Human....lol,

was bought up on my grandmothers Dennis Wheatley books.....

listening to ,Emerson, Lake and Parmer,

Dune by frank herbert  is a favorite,

just down loaded "Childhoods end" still reading after 30 pages might be a stayer....lol
12 Monkeys...............
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Kull wahid, Carbon!
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I am afraid my opinion of Dennis Wheatley is not fit to be repeated in public.  I have seen a fair few "impossible" things, but Wheatley understood none of it; or if he did, he kept embarrasingly quiet about it.  I suppose, as an adventure writer, he was not too bad - if you enjoy his mysogeny!




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There are two versions, carbon. The first time I read it, I had the original. The second copy I bought on Amazon was the edited US version, I believe. It's missing some good stuff - not sure what possessd them to do that as it's not a particularly long book. We're not talking "The Stand" here.
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North Korea is 'upgrading its nuclear facility' despite denuclearisation pledge



uhh Donnie
what the heck is going on ???
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But Donnie told us it was a great deal!  He can['t have been making it up!  Could he?
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You mean the Chamberland-Trump "We have peace in our time" deal????
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