The Influence of a Writing Mentor

Mentor One way a writer can become successful is by having a more established writer as a mentor. While writing groups can serve as a mentor, the right personal mentor will help improve your writing by giving you guidance each step of the way. Let me share an example of the influence a mentor. In 1919… Continue reading The Influence of a Writing Mentor

My Top Six Science-Fiction Authors Plus Three to Watch

I compiled the list. The criteria are authors of science fiction or any sub-genre of science-fiction with longevity. At the end of the article, I have three current writers to watch who, in time, could move on my list but now do not have a sufficient body of work or longevity writing science fiction. I find… Continue reading My Top Six Science-Fiction Authors Plus Three to Watch

The Toynbee Convector by Ray Bradbury

Spoiler alert! Spoilers are in this review! I first read this collection of short stories in 1992.  It includes a reprint of the 1983 story, “The Toynbee Convector” that appeared in the January 1984 issue of “Playboy.”   Here is the story plot/summary.  The story’s protagonist claims to have returned from the future.  He has… Continue reading The Toynbee Convector by Ray Bradbury

Martian Mondays: The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Fifteen: The Musicians

Chapter Fifteen – The Musicians (April 2003/2034)- This story first appeared in The Martian Chronicles. Several boys venture into the ruins of the Martian cities. They go into the houses and play with the debris, imagining that they are on earth, playing with the autumn leaves. Added onto their fun is their chance to play… Continue reading Martian Mondays: The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Fifteen: The Musicians

Martian Mondays: The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Fourteen: Interim

Chapter Fourteen – Interim (February 2003/2034) – This story first appeared in Weird Tales, July 1947. This story describes the building of a Martian town by colonists and how much it was made to resemble an average Midwestern American town. The town was said to have appeared to have been swept up by a tornado… Continue reading Martian Mondays: The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Fourteen: Interim

Martian Mondays: The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Thirteen: The Shore

Chapter Thirteen – The Shore – This story describes the rippling outward of colonization, the This story first wave being loner, pioneer types, and the second, also Americans, being from the “cabbage tenements and subways” of New York. A 1997 edition of the book advances all the dates by 31 years. Jimmie Aaron Kepler’s work… Continue reading Martian Mondays: The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Thirteen: The Shore

Fahrenheit 451

The genesis of Fahrenheit 451 is in Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles where he has the story of book burning. Written in 1950 this book is as relevant today as it was when it first went into print. The book is about political correctness and burning those books that make certain groups feel bad about… Continue reading Fahrenheit 451

Martian Mondays: The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Twelve: The Fire Balloons

Chapter Twelve – The Fire Balloons – This story first appeared as “…In This Sign” in Imagination, April 1951. A missionary expedition of Episcopal priests from the United States anticipates sins unknown to them on Mars. Instead, they meet ethereal creatures glowing with blue flames in crystal spheres, who have left the material world, and… Continue reading Martian Mondays: The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Twelve: The Fire Balloons

Martian Mondays: The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Eleven: Night Meeting

This story first appeared in The Martian Chronicles. This story begins with a conversation between an old man and a young traveler, Tomás Gomez. The older man explains that he came to Mars because he appreciates the new and novel. Even everyday things have become amazing to him once again. He has returned full circle… Continue reading Martian Mondays: The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Eleven: Night Meeting

Martian Mondays: The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Ten: The Locusts

Chapter Ten – “The Locusts” – This story first appeared in The Martian Chronicles. This vignette concerns the swift colonization of Mars. The title refers to the rockets and settlers that quickly spread across all of Mars. A 1997 edition of the book advances all the dates by 31 years. This story is advanced from… Continue reading Martian Mondays: The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Ten: The Locusts