Wham smash pow

Kirkus Reviews on E. E. “Doc” Smith, here.

Doc Smith used to be my go-to guy when I wanted to retreat from the world and read some good old fashioned planet bashing. It’s hard to beat the thrill of a little vacuum-tube-based super science vaporizing the home world of a whole race of Bad People.

These days I read Vernor Vinge and Charles Stross for that. Smith was never strong on character development.

But God knows, we could sure use some lensmen.

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4 Responses to Wham smash pow

  1. Because of the convoluted copyright law of that era, a lot of E.E. Smith’s works have entered the public domain and can be downloaded from Gutenberg at http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/search/?query=E.+E.+Smith

  2. I liked Pratchett in pre youtube world. But these days I notice more and more, reality is far more awesome than imagination,

    it has kitties
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiFPFDXjrOY

    it has cold fusion
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEceEHgaXoU

    it has plants that grow when planted wrong side up
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHxEWvkTiKk

    it has people dancing silly all over the world
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pwe-pA6TaZk

    it has cured cancer and t2 diabetes by not messing up own bodies with crap
    http://pleasanthacking.com/2012/02/28/vegan-views-on-cancer/
    http://pleasanthacking.com/positive-plant-based-promos/

    Not that the imagination is wrong thing.. but things seem to work better when you don’t push them with own ideas, but let them happen and enjoy riding the reality. I feel the only thing that really matters is maintaining chain of consent and heart-to-heart connections with self, family and others and love. Being open to new stuff too, since we all are known to be lost in our thoughts, ( which i kinda struggle with after years in the puters, for wrong reasons on top of that :/ tho im happy to be out, each day i feel more and think less – looking at stars at night rule :) ) Its a long process, but i feel its worth it :)

    “There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be obtainable. It would mean that the atom would have to be shattered at will. ”
    Albert Einstein, 1932

  3. bill says:

    If you have any pull with Mr. Stross, please ask him to include a who’s who list for the Merchant Prince series. I love the plotting, but hate having to remember who this guy married four generations ago and who the bastard child of that one is. A plot summary would be helpful too (ie, the story up till now….)

    • landon says:

      @Bill: Charles Stross doesn’t know me from Adam; I don’t have any pull. You’d think there’d be a wiki about it, though.

      I usually quit a series when I start having to keep notes. The Merchant Prince books were okay. I flamed out in others, notably Robert Jordan’s Treadmill of Time, and the Game of Thrones doorstops (which I think are really worth reading, but I don’t have time).

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