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BOOK REVIEW: "The Black Cloud" by Fred Hoyle (1957)

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"The Black Cloud" is a science fiction novel written in 1957 by Fred Hoyle, probably the greatest astronomer of his generation. his qualifications place this book in the not-at-all-tiny-but-certainly-not-very-big category of Science Fiction written by actual scientists. It goes without saying that this is "Hard Science," rather than the generally more common "Soft Science" side of the genre. There are actual scenes in the book of people doing math, and even an appendix by the author in the back where he explains his formulae so you can check his work.

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LEGO Space: Building The Future

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It seems that there is no end to the creative uses for the iconic plastic building bricks that are fond memories for most of us in Generation X, and more painful memories for our Baby Boomer parents who ended up stepping barefoot on many of them because we scattered them liberally around the house.

Now both generations can rejoice; Peter Reid and Tim Goddard have collaborated on a book in which they use LEGOs to recreate some of the most notable events in the history of space exploration.

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Review: Issue # 1 of The Star Wars, by Dark Horse Comics

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I hold in my hot little hands (okay, my cotton gloved little hands) a shiny new comic book--the first issue of Dark Horse Comics' adaptation of George Lucas' orginal script treatment "The Star Wars." This would be re-written to become the movie that launched a thousand ships. It takes place longer ago, in a galaxy even further away...

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BOOK REVIEW: Phoenix Without Ashes

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You live in a little town, and you've never been more than twenty-five miles from home...because that's as far as you can go without running into the metal edge of the sky.

And nobody's ever wondered about this.

Welcome to Cypress Corners, from Harlan Ellison's story "Phoenix Without Ashes," the inspiration for the old TV series "The Starlost," and now available in graphic novel format.

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