Novels and Short Stories About Mars Prior to 1910

Several early modern writers, including Athanasius Kircher and Emanuel Swedenborg, hypothesized contact with Mars. Early science fiction about Mars often involved the first voyages to the planet, sometimes as an invasion force, more often for the purposes of exploration. Prominent early works about Mars prior to 1910: Across the Zodiac (1880) by Percy Greg. The… Continue reading Novels and Short Stories About Mars Prior to 1910

Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter

As a military brat, the end of the school year always meant Little League Baseball. As an eleven years old boy in May of 1965, three things occupied me life. They were Boy Scouts, baseball, and a little garage band I had just joined. Spring and the start of the baseball season never failed to… Continue reading Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter

Martian Mondays: The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Nine: The Green Morning

“The Green Morning” first appeared in The Martian Chronicles. The next several chapters describe the transformation of Mars into another Earth. Small towns similar to those on Earth begin to grow. In “The Green Morning”, one man, Benjamin Driscoll, makes it his mission to plant thousands of trees on the red plains so oxygen levels… Continue reading Martian Mondays: The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Nine: The Green Morning

Driving Blind by Ray Bradbury

This 1997 short story collection is uneven and at times weak. There is less fantasy or science fiction than in many of Bradbury’s earlier works. All but four of the stories are new. A snapshot of the collection is seen in some of the themes. In the short story “Remember Me?” we find the theme… Continue reading Driving Blind by Ray Bradbury

Grits for Breakfast by Jimmie Aaron Kepler

My access card unlocked the door. As I stepped inside, motion detectors turned on banks of fluorescent lights filling the room with near-blinding white light. A blast of refrigerated air caused goose bumps to form on my arms and the nape of my neck. Tiny pulsating blue, green, yellow, and red LED bulbs filled the… Continue reading Grits for Breakfast by Jimmie Aaron Kepler

Indie Author?

Do you write speculative fiction? Are you an Indie Science Fiction writer? Do you have a short story collection? I would love to consider reading, reviewing, interviewing, and helping promote your Indie work on my blog. My fee? There is no fee. I only require a free copy of your work. Private message or email me… Continue reading Indie Author?

Martian Mondays: The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Eight: The Settlers

In chapter eight, “The Settlers”, Spender returns to the rest of the expedition. He carries a gun and shoots six of his crew-mates, saying he is the last Martian. Captain Wilder approaches under a white flag and has a short discussion with Spender during which the archaeologist explains that if he manages to kill off… Continue reading Martian Mondays: The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Eight: The Settlers

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

The genesis of Fahrenheit 451 is in Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles where he has the story of book burning. Published in 1953, Fahrenheit 451 is as relevant today as it was when it first went into print. Set in an unspecified city, Fahrenheit 451 is set at some unspecified time in the future. “The… Continue reading Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

7 Leadership Lessons of the American Revolution: The Founding Fathers, Liberty, and the Struggle for Independence by John Antal

John Antal’s “7 Leadership Lessons of the American Revolution: The Founding Fathers, Liberty, and the Struggle for Independence”. The author uses seven case studies to bring the lessons to life. The case studies are in narrative story form. He is an excellent story-teller who paints a clear picture that brings each story alive.The stories make… Continue reading 7 Leadership Lessons of the American Revolution: The Founding Fathers, Liberty, and the Struggle for Independence by John Antal