“The Engine” in “Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift

I love reading and writing short stories. A few years ago I came up with the idea of writing a nonfiction article on the five most influential pre-1950 computers in science fiction. In researching that list of potential computers, I read a number of books and short stories. E.M. Forster’s “The Machine Stops” topped off… Continue reading “The Engine” in “Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift

Martian Mondays: The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Two: Ylla

First published as “I’ll Not Ask for Wine” in Maclean’s, January 1, 1950. The following chapter, “Ylla”, moves the story to Mars. Who is Ylla? She is a Martian woman trapped in an unromantic marriage. She dreams of the coming astronauts through telepathy. Her husband, though he pretends to deny her dreams are real, becomes… Continue reading Martian Mondays: The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Two: Ylla

Short Story: Misfit by Robert A. Heinlein

I love reading and writing short stories. A few years ago I came up with the idea of writing a nonfiction article on the five most influential pre-1950 computers in science fiction. In researching that list of potential computers, I read a number of books and short stories. E.M. Forster’s “The Machine Stops” topped off… Continue reading Short Story: Misfit by Robert A. Heinlein

The Yin and Yang of Writing

Do you ever have a love-hate relationship with writing? Come on, let’s be honest. I’ll go first. Yes, I do. I can almost hear you thinking, I do too. Here is how the Yin and Yang of Writing impact me. First, it’s a love hate relationship. Some days I love writing. The troubles of the… Continue reading The Yin and Yang of Writing

Martian Mondays: The Martian Chronicles – Chapter One: Rocket Summer

Rocket Summer (January 1999/2030) – First published in Planet Stories, Spring 1947. Arranged in chronological order, the stories of the book start in January 1999, with the blasting off of the first rocket to the planet Mars. “Rocket Summer” is a short vignette that describes Ohio’s winter turning briefly into summer due to the extreme… Continue reading Martian Mondays: The Martian Chronicles – Chapter One: Rocket Summer

Short Story: The Machine Stops by E. M. Forster

I love reading and writing short stories. A few years ago I came up with the idea of writing a nonfiction article on the five most influential pre-1950 computers in science fiction. In researching that list of potential computers I read a number of books and short stories. E.M. Forster’s “The Machine Stops” topped off… Continue reading Short Story: The Machine Stops by E. M. Forster

My Favorite Science-Fiction Authors

  I compiled the list. The criteria are authors of science fiction or any sub-genre. I find that the best science-fiction writers are among some of the most creative writers ever. These authors made my list. I have read the people I have listed. Most will disagree, but these are my favorites. 1. Ray Douglas… Continue reading My Favorite Science-Fiction Authors

Martian Mondays: The Martian Chronicles – Introduction

The Martian Chronicles is a 1950 science fiction short story collection by Ray Bradbury that chronicles the colonization of Mars by humans fleeing from a troubled and eventually atomically devastated Earth, and the conflict between aboriginal Martians and the new colonists. The book lies somewhere between a short story collection and an episodic novel, containing… Continue reading Martian Mondays: The Martian Chronicles – Introduction

The Devil’s General: The Life of Hyazinth Strachwitz – The Panzer Graf by Raymond Bagdonas

I enjoyed reading Raymond Bagdonas’ book “The Devil’s General: The Life of Hyazinth Strachwitz – The Panzer Graf”. If you are looking for a scholarly tome on the life of Hyazinth Strachwitz you will be disappointed. Against the backdrop of events in Germany and Europe from the early days of his education through the thirty-year period World War One, the… Continue reading The Devil’s General: The Life of Hyazinth Strachwitz – The Panzer Graf by Raymond Bagdonas

Why I Write

In 1946, George Orwell (his real name was Eric Arthur Blair) wrote an essay titled “Why I Write”. It detailed his personal journey to becoming a writer. Orwell lists “four great motives for writing” which he feels exist in every writer. He explains that all are present, but in different proportions, and also that these proportions vary from… Continue reading Why I Write