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The Odd Yet Persistent Fear That Conscious A.I. Will Eradicate Humanity

Metal Man Seen in Austin, Texas. (Copyright © 2017 by Wil C. Fry.) Some of the greatest thinkers and innovators of our time have put a lot of energy into the question of whether robots or A.I. will someday achieve “consciousness” — and if they do, what outcomes will arise? Stephen Hawking noted wisely: “Success[…]

Book Review: Ministry Of Disturbance (Piper, 2007)

Ministry Of Disturbance by H. Beam Piper (Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry.) Full Title: Ministry Of Disturbance And Other SF Author: H. Beam Piper Year: 2007 (trade paperback) Publisher: Ægypan Press ISBN 978-1603121927 View it on Amazon Author’s Wikipedia page ◊ Summary This book is a collection of five stories, only one of[…]

Book Review: Tomorrow, The Stars (Anthology, Heinlein, 1952)

The 1967 Berkley edition (Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry.) Full Title: Tomorrow, The Stars: a science fiction anthology Author: multiple (edited by Robert A. Heinlein) Year: 1952 (mine was 1967 paperback) Publisher: Doubleday, Berkley Medallion Books ISBN 425-04304-5 View it on Amazon View it on GoodReads View it on Google Books Wikipedia page[…]

Movie Review: Gravity (2013)

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Published on: 2014.04.01

I watched Gravity partly because of its Oscar nomination; I’ve lately been in the habit of trying to see most or all of the Best Picture nominees — if only to see for myself whether they were worth it. This one was at least worth the nomination; not having seen all the others yet, I[…]

Some Things I Underlined (‘Time Enough For Love’)

Following are some passages I underlined during a reading of Time Enough For Love (1973) by Robert A. Heinlein. Most of these are from the character Lazarus Long (a.k.a. Woodrow Wilson Smith, Aaron Sheffield, Ted Bronson, Lafe Hubert, etc.), oldest member of the human race. “…humans hardly ever learn from the experience of others. They[…]

Some Things I Underlined (‘To Sail Beyond The Sunset’)

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Published on: 2013.05.09

Following are some passages I underlined during a reading of To Sail Beyond The Sunset (1987) by Robert A. Heinlein, the last novel he published before dying in 1988: “I remember Earth. I knew her when she was clean and green, mankind’s beautiful bride, sweet and lush and lovable… It is futile to mourn over[…]

Some Things I Underlined (‘The Cat Who Walks Through Walls’)

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Published on: 2013.05.07

Following are some passages I underlined during a reading of The Cat Who Walks Through Walls: A Comedy of Manners (1985) by Robert A. Heinlein: “It does not do to encourage bad banners; one should retaliate, urbanely but firmly.”

Some Things I Underlined (‘I Will Fear No Evil’)

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Published on: 2013.05.06

Following are some passages I underlined during a reading of I Will Fear No Evil (1970) by Robert Heinlein: “…most people think of money as something to pay the rent. But a money man thinks of money in terms of what he can do with it.” “…it’s impossible for a woman to lay it on[…]

Book Review: John Carter of Mars (2009)

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Published on: 2011.01.29

Title: John Carter of Mars Author: Edgar Rice Burroughs Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Fall River Press Don’t get excited. E.R.B. hasn’t risen from the dead and published a new novel. “John Carter of Mars” is a three-book collection published recently, comprised of three Burroughs novels from the 1920s: “A Princess of Mars” (1912), “The Gods[…]

Book Review: The Forge of God (1987)

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Published on: 2011.01.21

Title: The Forge of God Author: Greg Bear Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Tor I’m not sure where the title “The Forge of God” came from; if it was mentioned in the story, I missed it. But the book has nothing (or little) to do with God. As it says on the cover, the book “begins[…]

Future Possibilities Of Evolution

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Published on: 1996.07.31

[Started 1996.07.31] A strange thought just struck me as I was reading Douglas Adams’ novel “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.” Not that the novel was the catalyst of this strange thought, although it could have been. For the most part, science fiction usually assumes, and many times even states implicitly that the world as we[…]

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