Midsummer Century (James Blish)

The average quality of this work perhaps can be excused by the fact that during the early 70s Blish was chronically ill (he died in 1975 from lung cancer). But unless you are a dedicated fan of Mr Blish, ‘Midsummer’ is best passed over by those looking for memorable works from this era. This book actually contains one novella-length story, “Midsummer Century,” and two short stories: “Skysign” and “A Style in Treason.” In “Midsummer Century,” a scientist troubleshooting a radio telescope, falls (what a surprise!) into the antenna and, due to a construction error, has his consciousness projected 23,000 years into the future. [Read more…]

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Chariots Of The Gods: Was God An Astronaut? (Erich von Daniken)

chariotsMy miserable old mum first brought this book to my attention. The 1960s and the 1970s produced an alarming amount of attention on “unsolved mysteries” such as the Yeti, the Bermuda Triangle, the lines on the Nazca plains, as well as UFOs. Enter Erich Von Daniken in 1967/68…tons of books and documentaries and TV shows focused heavily on the trail he blazed though many seemed just a little trite. [Read more…]

The Invaders (United States 1967/68)

david vThis is probably the best show of its kind. Created by Larry Cohen and produced by Quinn Martin, it features the most popular story in the whole of science fiction – our very own Planet Earth under attack. A fantastic creepy score, magnificent narration and a plot that reveals more diabolical strands with each episode make The Invaders box-set heaven. [Read more…]

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