I was determined to finish reading “The Best of Isaac Asimov” before Christmas…

From my earlier blog on 24/12/19: … and I really enoyed it! I have a huge soft spot for early, post-WW2 SF, and this collection, chosen by Asimov, did not disappoint. The book collects 12 stories from 1939 to 1972 that he considered to be good stories spanning three decades of writing: “… two earlyContinue reading “I was determined to finish reading “The Best of Isaac Asimov” before Christmas…”

I enjoyed re-reading Nigel Kneale’s 1979 novel “Quatermass”.

from my original blog on 12/12/19: I first encountered this story as the TV serial that is advertised on the front cover. To my childhood eyes it seemed quite possible for Britain in the late ’70s and early ’80s to collapse into the anarchic state being shown. Five years of Labour Party governance (Harold WilsonContinue reading “I enjoyed re-reading Nigel Kneale’s 1979 novel “Quatermass”.”

I have just re-read Michael Crichton’s “The Andromeda Strain” (1969) and totally enjoyed it…

from my original blog on 1/12/19:  I first became aware of Michael Crichton’s story “The Andromeda Strain” through the 1971 film starring Arthur Hill, David Wayne, James Olsen and Kate Reid. Having seen the film, I wanted to read the book, and was not disappopinted with it! I’ve just read it again about thirty yearsContinue reading “I have just re-read Michael Crichton’s “The Andromeda Strain” (1969) and totally enjoyed it…”

I have just finished reading “Gravity” (1999) by Tess Gerritsen – I’m so pleased that I did, it is one of the very best science fiction novels I have ever read!

from my original blog on 8/10/19:  However, it’s a miracle that I ever picked this wonderful book up. What were Harper thinking when they published it in this cover? That image speaks to no genre, certainly not sci fi (in my opinion). Even today HarperCollins still seem to be misplacing this book. Amazon lists itContinue reading “I have just finished reading “Gravity” (1999) by Tess Gerritsen – I’m so pleased that I did, it is one of the very best science fiction novels I have ever read!”

I recently visited the RAF Museum near Watford, London…

from my original blog on 14/9/19:  The RAF Museum near Watford, London, is an understated gem. Entrance is free (parking cost £5) but the range of aircraft on display is extraordinary! I found out about the museum when looking up places to visit to learn more about the UK’s Cold War history. This site isContinue reading “I recently visited the RAF Museum near Watford, London…”

I recently visited the Royal Observatory at Greenwich…

from my original blog on 1/9/19: I last came here over 20 years ago and enjoyed a night-time tour with the opportunity to look through the great 28″ refractor. Even today, this telescope it still one of the largest refractors in the world. However, its location near London makes for rather poor seeing through light-pollutedContinue reading “I recently visited the Royal Observatory at Greenwich…”