If the Hugo Award is important to me, then how do I get my head around the lack of female representation in the first three Hugo Award-winning Best Novels? Do I excuse it (products of their era)? Do I write frantically in anger about it? Do I agree with it? Thus far, I have read… Continue reading More Plus Infinity: Female Characters So Far …
Double Star is now the earliest novel by Robert Heinlein that I have read. It shows it too. Winning the third ever Hugo for Best Novel, Double Star is the first of many of Heinlein's books that I will be reading. I found Double Star to be as compelling as anything else I have read… Continue reading More Plus Infinity: Heinlein’s Double Star is worth more than two stars.
I saved a ton of quotes for They'd Rather Be Right that I didn't use. Here are a few that I thought were worth sharing: And the imaginings were worse than the visions. So clear, so intricately clear, they become memories. Memories as sharp and clear as any other reality. Eight-year-old Joey could not yet know… Continue reading More Plus Infinity: More Quotes from They’d Rather Be Right
If More Plus Infinity is my quest to climb the shining hill of science fiction, then the second ever Hugo Award-winning best novel in 1955, They'd Rather Be Right, is the first trial in my still nascent ascent. It wasn't nearly as bad I had expected - it is sometimes called the 'worst winner ever'. It… Continue reading More Plus Infinity: They’d Rather Be Right is Mostly Wrong
The second half The Demolished Man flies by in a blur of back-and-forth action. Lincoln Powell, one of the most powerful mind-readers and policemen in the world, knows everything about the crime committed by Ben Reich, a megolmaniac businessman and murderer. He knows the details, but knowing isn't evidence enough: he needs proof, motive, and… Continue reading More Plus Infinity: Alfred Bester’s The Demolished Man (Part II)
Published in 1953, The Demolished Man is Alfred Bester's first published novel and the first ever recepient of a Hugo Award. Bester honed his writing edge as a scripter for comics, radio programs, and television shows in the 1940s. Every bit of it shows in The Demolished Man, a science fiction story set in a… Continue reading More Plus Infinity: Alfred Bester’s The Demolished Man (Part I)
When it came to college, someone once told me to save everything. And I did. For years now, cloud storage has held a treasure trove of bad writing and half-assed ideas for me. With only the first couple of years as exceptions, I still have everything I ever wrote in college saved for a much… Continue reading More Plus Infinity: My Alfred Bester Speech in College