Friday, June 21, 2002

The Vor Game, book on tape by Lois McMaster Bujold

Excellent rendition, unabridged. These books are marvelous, and The Reader's Chair's readers Performed by Michael Hanson and Carol Cowan ) do a fabulous job. I recommend checking them out. In fact, they have a free MP3 version of "The Borders of Infinity" novella - check it out!

Thursday, June 20, 2002

Between Planets, by Robert Heinlein.

This is a terrific book, when Heinlein was at the height of his powers - amazing to read considering the time - let alone that it was a "juvenile".
A book, written in 1951 promoting libertarian, de-centralized government, features a young man (a teen) running from a sinister government intelligence organization, a Bureau of Investigation that tracks him with sinister means and intent. Joined to a revolution intent on throwing off Earth's yoke as the American colonies threw off the British this boy eventually becomes a guerilla soldier.

Sunday, June 16, 2002

This New Ocean, The Story of the First Space Age, by William E. Burrows.

An excellent, maybe THE best, treatment of the history of Space Travel and Exploration. Sympathetic, yet unblinking, Burrows really, really covers the beat. A big book (over 600 pages) and well documented, you appreciate all that has gone on and what lies ahead for humans and their journeys. I'm sure I'll read it again, but it took a long time, with lots of other books interspersed. HIGHLY recommended!
The Rolling Stones, by Robert Heinlein

I suspect I read this last summer - I know I've read it pretty recently. This is the classic stuff, though and delivers a lot - both Heinlein's curious libertarian ideals, and a lot of physics, not to mention his vision of the future. And the Stones are a great bunch. Not to mention the tribbles, er, the flat cats.