Breathing new life into the stories of Ray Bradbury

While many consider Ray Bradbury a pioneer in science fiction writing, the author considered himself an observer of life. “All my life,” he said in an interview, “I’ve been running through the fields and picking up bright objects. I turn it over and say, ‘Hey, there’s a story.’” It’s this ability to present very real […]

The Top 5 Dystopian Novels

Dystopian novels have been a staple of science-fiction since the birth of the genre. And while contemporary YA authors like Veronica Roth and Ally Condie have brought the concept of the dystopian novel back to the mainstream, many of the tropes of the sub-genre were established at the height of the Cold War, when anxieties […]

Just in Time For Halloween: Top 5 Ray Bradbury Books

Ray Bradbury is one of the most iconic fantasy, horror, and science fiction writers of the last century. Although he wrote every day religiously until shortly before his death in 2012 at the age of 91, his most famous works were written in the years and decades following World War II and during the Cold […]

25 Best Sci-Fi Books of All Time…Maybe

What are the 25 best sci-fi books of all time? In a genre that has constantly evolved since before the days of Mary Shelley, Jules Verne and H.G. Wells (okay, okay… I recognize that the days of Shelley and Verne and Wells are not the same days. Not by a long shot. Let’s just call that the […]

Hatin’ on Shakespeare, Joyce, Steinbeck, Twain…

There’s just no accounting for taste. Early on in my relationship with My Better-half, we  had our first fight over whether one needed to read the classics. It was a doozy. We were attending a reading of a popular author that she liked. “I used to be you,” the author said to an English major in the […]

Challenge | The NPR Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy List

What are the best science fiction and fantasy novels of all time? NPR asked it’s listeners and readers to weigh in on this quintessential question during the summer of 2011, taking suggestions and then posting the nominees for the public’s vote. The result was a list of the Top 100 novels in the science fiction […]

Review | Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

2013 A to Z Challenge: Letter R = Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. Guy Montag was a fireman whose job was to start fires…Books were for burning… along with the houses in which they were hidden, and sometimes even the people who hid them. His work was accepted and encouraged by the public majority. Montag enjoyed […]