The Left hand of darkness by Ursula K Le Guin

The left hand of darkness

Read for the Coursera online course, Carl’s 2012 Science Fiction Experience, the Not Just for Stormtroopers Sci-Fi challenge, & the Gender in Fantasy & Sci-Fi 2012 Genly Ai has been on Gethen for two years. He is the First Mobile, send by the Ekumen to be the first contact between them and a new world. […]

The Martian Chronicles [essay]

Ray Bradbury once said that he didn’t write science fiction. Science fiction is about the possible; he wrote fantasy. Events in his books “couldn’t happen.” [1] An argument could be made for his writing soft science fiction, more concerned with character or society rather than with the hard scientific facts.[2] Bradbury is not exploring technology […]

The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

The Martian Chronicles

First published in serial form in the 1950s The Martian Chronicles is a collection of short stories that together tell the story of humanity colonising Mars. Almost all the stories are entirely set on Mars, and deal with the effects that people have on the planet. The story opens in January 1999 with the heat […]

A Princess of Mars

A princess of Mars

Book 1 in the Barsoom series In post-Civil War Arizona John Carter has found a gold rich mine. His partner sets out to buy machinery to let them work it properly, but as he leaves the mine site he is set upon by a party of Apaches. Carter sets out to rescue him, but is […]

The Country of the blind - H. G. Wells

The country of the blind

Read online Long long ago, in a valley in the Andes, a group of settles were cut off from the rest of the world. They didn’t mind too much, they lived good lives and their land produced good crops. But a strange affliction caused their children to go blind. And their children’s children. And so […]

Rappacini’s daughter [essay]

This week’s essay for my Coursera Course got a 5. W00t :) Beatrice, Beatrice, let down your hair. Giovanni is not a pregnant woman, but his longing looks[1] into the enclosed garden next door echo the desires that resulted in Rapunzel being taken from her parents. Beatrice may live with her father but she shares […]

The Island of Doctor Moreau

Read/Download for free from The University of Adelaide Read for Coursera Sci-Fi course & for RIP VII After his death the nephew of a Mr. Edward Prendick found a strange account among his papers. It was known that Prendick had been cast adrift after the ship he was on sank. The tale he told his […]

Mosses from an Old Manse

Rappaccini’s Daughter

Giovanni moves to a new city, and finds that his apartment overlooks an enclosed garden where beautiful flowers grow. And a beautiful woman tends to them. She is Beatrice, the daughter of Rappaccini. But a friend of his father, Baglioni, warns Giovanni away from Rappaccini. He values knowledge and science too much, he pursues it […]