Remembering Harlan Ellison
Harlan Ellison, prolific speculative fiction author and television writer, passed away at the age of 84. He won multiple Hugo and Nebula awards throughout his long career, including for his two most famous stories "'Repent, Harlequin!' Said the Ticktockman" and "I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream." He also wrote multiple scripts for television, including for the iconic, award-winning episode of Star Trek "The City on the Edge of Forever." The author was not without his controversies—he was known for being outspoken and brash in his opinions, and was fervently anti-war. He also initiated several copyright suits over the course of his career, claiming plagiarism of his own works. Despite his contentious public image, Ellison’s contributions to the genres of sci-fi and speculative fiction cannot be understated.
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The Calculating Stars
- A Lady Astronaut Novel
- By: Mary Robinette Kowal
- Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal
- Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
On a cold spring night in 1952, a huge meteorite fell to earth and obliterated much of the East Coast of the US, including Washington, DC. The ensuing climate cataclysm will soon render the Earth inhospitable for humanity, as the last such meteorite did for the dinosaurs. This looming threat calls for a radically accelerated effort to colonize space and requires a much-larger share of humanity to take part in the process. Elma York’s drive to become the first lady astronaut is so strong that even the most dearly held conventions of society may not stand a chance against her.
Stunning alternate history
- By Alisa on 07-17-18
Loved every second of this! Two things: I normally don't like 1st person. This book has proven to me that it can be done extremely well. Second, I don't normally love author narrated books, but Ms Kowal is now one of my favorite narrators. This is the first of her books that I have read, and I'm looking forward to catching up with her previously published works.