Monthly Archives: June 2008

Reading Notes: R.U.R.

The first book of the project is a play, which is an early indicator of how esoteric this list really is. R.U.R. stands for Rossum’s Universal Robots, the latter term being coined by Karel Capek (an enigmatic Czech writer perhaps … Continue reading

Posted in Science | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

Arthur C. Clarke in Playboy

The great (now late) Arthur C. Clarke had a longstanding relationship with Playboy magazine: they published the first excerpts of 2010: Odyssey Two, as well as a plethora of his short works, musings, and technical papers. It wasn’t until 1986 … Continue reading

Posted in Science | 5 Comments

The Project

I’ve been reading science fiction novels for most of my life; as a kid, consuming them breathlessly on my parents’ couch, clammy-palmed and haunted by the unreal; furtively, in college, instead of the recommended canon, which was, of course, markedly … Continue reading

Posted in Science | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments