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Classic Science Fiction Revisited:Theodore Sturgeon’s "More than Human" by Robert Bee

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Theodore Sturgeon is one of the most significant figures of the Golden Age movement. He started writing SF for John W. Campbell’s Astounding Science Fiction in the late 30s and produced half-a-dozen or so novels, and enough short stories to fill several thick volumes of collected stories. His work influenced writers as diverse as Ray Bradbury and Samuel Delany. Among the Golden Age writers, he was probably the most talented at both writing style and character development.

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REMEDIAL SF 101: A Logic Named Joe

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Way back in 1946, Murray Leinster, writing under his real name of Will F. Jenkins, published a short story in the March issue of Astounding Science Fiction which was eeriliy prescient in its description of a computer network which believes that "information should be free" and takes that premise to disturbing extremes.

 

The story was "A Logic Named Joe," and Leinster wrote it at a time when computers were still vast and cumbersome contrivances used for breaking enemy codes and crunching numbers.

 

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CLASSIC SCIENCE FICTION BOOK REVIEW: “Erewhon Revisited” by Samuel Butler (1901)

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I read Erewhon out of curiosity some years ago, as I have a soft spot for travelogues of nonexistent lands. They’re just fun, particularly the ones like Gulliver’s Travels and Utopia, that are social satire. I found mention of “Erewhon” (A lazy anagram for “Nowhere”) in the “Dictionary of Imaginary Places” and read it a few years back. I found it tedious and dull, for the most part, a particularly dry book written primarily to satirize the theory of evolution, which he disagreed with.

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