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  • [+] More Don’t Panic! Douglas Adams: Turning Science Fiction into Comedy 


    Don’t Panic! Douglas Adams: Turning Science Fiction into Comedy
    Published since 09 Mar 2016

    It’s a well-told story: a man is hitchhiking his way across Europe, has a few too many pints at the pub, lies down in a field, looks up at the stars, and thinks, “Hey, someone should write a guide to hitchhiking across space!” The British writer Douglas Adams (1952-2001) admitted that he’d told the story so many times, he wasn’t completely sure which parts were true and which were embellished.

  • [+] More Collecting Science Fiction - Karel Čapek and the Origin of the Word Robot 


    Collecting Science Fiction - Karel Čapek and the Origin of the Word Robot
    Published since 11 Jan 2016

    Karel Čapek’s Czech play RUR, (Rossum’s Universal Robots) is notable for numerous reasons. Written in 1920, the play's commentary on the politics of its day earned its author a spot on the Nazi most-wanted list. RUR details a robot revolution that would overthrow the dominant class, humans, and lead to their extinction. Above all, the play is most well known for introducing the world to the word, "robot." In fact, before Čapek’s play, what we think of as robots were mainly called "androids" or "automatons," with "automaton" meaning a self-operating machine. In Czech, "robota" translates to "forced labor." It’s associated with the type of work done by serfs during the feudal ages.

  • [+] More Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Isaac Asimov, Legendary Author of Science Fiction 


    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Isaac Asimov, Legendary Author of Science Fiction
    Published since 24 Jan 2014

    Isaac Asimov, legendary author of science fiction, celebrated his birthday on January 2. Born Isaak Yudovich Osimov in Petrovichi, Russia around January 2, 1920, Asimov immigrated to Brooklyn, New York with his family. Asimov would always retain a strong New York accent, a feature just as distinctive as his legendary mutton chops. The author is less well known for his flying phobia and using the  nom de plume  Paul French.

  • [+] More "A living book in a world without books" - Soylent Green 


    "A living book in a world without books" - Soylent Green
    Published since 08 Jul 2010

    It's the year 2022 ... New York City has become overpopulated with 40 million people and pollution has caused the temperature to be risen and all natural resources have been destroyed, leaving 40 million people starving. People do anything to get what they need. And they need Soylent Green. New York police detective Thorn is accused of murder by government agents because he gets too close to a secret involving the origins of the revolutionary foodstuff created by the Soylent Company. His assistant is Sol Roth, one of the few “living books in a world without books”. Roth has lost his job, the only thing he can do for his living is to be “a living book”. As such Roth gives Thorn all the information and all the knowledge that he needs. There are many “living books” in this world where strawberries, fresh meat and books are as rare as humanity. They meet at the “Exchange” – a kind of library ... A German review of this famous science fiction movie.

  • [+] More New "Taste and Technique" in Science Fiction 


    Published since 30 Nov 2009

    Modern science-fiction, fantasy, and horror collectors are in the forefront of the changes in the techniques of book collecting. They sincerely wish to own the "true" first edition of each book they collect. They are among the first types of book collectors to stop "following the flag" (i.e. buying the first edition of a book printed in the author's country of origin regardless of where the "true world first edition" was published). For a modern example, a number of Stephen King's books have been published in England, one in France, and another in Germany, all of which are eagerly collected today.

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