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"I think I was still in high school when I read this. All these (too many) years later, it's like reading it for the first time again, as I have almost zero memory of it." 5 hours, 5 min ago

 
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Charles is 15% done with The Martian Chronicles: I think I was still in high school when I read this. All these (too many) years later, it's like reading it for the first time again, as I have almost zero memory of it.
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The Silent World by Jacques-Yves Cousteau
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The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
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A Dark Traveling by Roger Zelazny
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I rounded my rating up to 4 stars, as I think it's a pretty good book for its intended audience: readers much younger than I am. It has Zelazny's typically atypical combination of science fiction and fantasy with a clever plot that I think would appe...more
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The Last Defender of Camelot by Roger Zelazny
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Zelazny's poetic style is a natural fit for the short story, and when he's running on all cylinders there are few better at it. (Maybe Harlan Ellison, but he's also more likely to be depressing.) This collection provides a nice variety of stories, st...more
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Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
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Re-read this after watching the movie (mini-series?) adaptation, which was pretty faithful to the book; but it made me want to catch all the little details and subtle variations not present in the movie. As I finished the book in a day and a half, I...more
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G.K. Chesterton
“Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.”
G.K. Chesterton, Alarms and Discursions

John F. Kennedy
“The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie--deliberate, contrived and dishonest--but the myth--persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the cliches of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.

[Commencement Address at Yale University, June 11 1962]
John F. Kennedy

Terry Pratchett
“This was not the time to say “I don’t know.” The brothers had begging, hungry looks, like dogs waiting to be fed. They wanted an answer. It would be nice if it was the right answer, but if it couldn’t be, then any answer would do, because then we would stop being worried...and then his mind caught alight.

That’s what the gods are! An answer that will do! Because there’s food to be caught and babies to be born and life to be lived and so there is no time for big, complicated, and worrying answers! Please give us a simple answer, so that we don’t have to think, because if we think, we might find answers that don’t fit the way we want the world to be.”
Terry Pratchett, Nation

Roger Zelazny
“It was my turn to be silent while a small family of moments crossed my path, single file, from the left, sticking their tongues out at me.”
Roger Zelazny, The Hand of Oberon

Douglas Adams
“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”
Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt

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