FREDERIK POHL—science fiction author, for which he won a Hugo and a Nebula (Gateway, 1977) and the only National Book Award given in a one-year category for that genre (Gem, 1980); editor (for which he won seven Hugos (Galaxy and If magazines, 1962-1969); literary agent (who helped get Isaac Asimov’s first novel published); critic and historian—died on September 2, 2013, at the age of 93. READ MORE
“MAYBE YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND how complex a structure the human brain is. Believe me, it makes the sidereal universe look like a child’s building set. There are many times more possible inter-neuronic connections than there are atoms in the entire cosmos—the factor is something like ten to the power of several million.
It’s not surprising that a slight change in electrochemistry—too slight to make any any important difference in the body—will change the whole nature of the mind. READ MORE
ISAAC ASIMOV was one of America’s greatest intellectuals, and a prolific writer: he authored or edited more than 500 books! His interests were all over the map, but he is generally known as one of science fiction’s most accomplished writers.
His Foundation Trilogy of novels is considered a classic of science fiction, must-reads for any serious fan or historian of the genre. READ MORE
I WAS MOTIVATED to dig up my old copy of Poul Anderson’s novel Brain Wave when I discovered Joachim Boaz’s site Science Fiction and Other Suspect Ruminations. I read Joachim’s take on the Anderson book (he considered it “vaguely good”) and the comments submitted by his readers and I disagreed with certain observations of theirs. So, I want to address a few of those issues here on my site. READ MORE
IN 1969, I MET NORMAN SPINRAD. Well, met him in the sense that I discovered his novels while I was working at Leo Matus’s newsstand. Leo carried tobacco, magazines, and sundries and was located on Public Square—smack dab in the middle of Wilkes-Barre in Northeastern Pennsylvania. He had a couple of spinners with racks for paperback books on the floor filled with the latest in every genre imaginable. READ MORE