I, Robot

 Posted by on September 13, 2013  Science Fiction
Sep 132013
 
I, Robot

In the twenty-first century, the first image that most people associate with “I, Robot” is Will Smith  – violently blasting his way through hordes of evil robots.  Not many are familiar with the nine short stories written and collected under the same title by Isaac Asimov, more than half a century prior to the release of the Blockbuster film.  Asimov’s masterpiece is a seminal work of science fiction, a pioneering light that thinks critically about what was the largely-unexplored field of robotics. The series of loosely-linked stories focus on the use and impact of robots in a human society not [Read More…]

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

 Posted by on September 13, 2013  Science Fiction
Sep 132013
 
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

This book, a classic and one of the first that can be called “science-fiction,” unquestionably validates Verne’s status as the forefather of the genre.  It reads as a travel log, telling of an unlikely trio’s journeys around the world and under its surface. Verne writes in colorful language of an eclectic mix of undersea adventures, all with the eccentric Captain Nemo at the helm.  Descriptions of the Nautilus and other scientific marvels within the book are decades ahead of their time and challenge present-day writers to exercise every fiber of their creativity when authoring new and fantastic tales.  Yet it [Read More…]