Category: Science Fiction

Appreciating Neil Peart, Lyricist

(April Rose Schneider’s first Litkicks article was about nearly-forgotten 1960s novelist Richard Farina. Here, she analyzes the poetic sensibility of a not-forgotten but barely appreciated rock drummer and lyricist, Neil Peart of Rush. Enjoy! — Levi)

Rock and Roll lyrics are generally anything but artful. Flimsy as a piece … Read the rest

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Remembering Madeleine L’Engle

I was approximately ten years old the first time I read Madeleine L’Engle, the award-winning author of over sixty books, including A Wrinkle In Time, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, and A Wind In the Door, who died on September 6, 2007 in Goshen, Connecticut.

I’ll never forget … Read the rest

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Stanislaw Lem

Polish writer , author of “Eden” and “Solaris” (filmed by Andrei Tarkovsky in 1971 and by Steven Soderbergh in 2002) has died at the age of 84 today.

The satirical and philosophical science fiction writer — to whom the future had always been suspect — had foreseen many … Read the rest

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The Author Has Left The Grid

Has anybody heard about this John Twelve Hawks guy? According to his official biography, he lives off the grid and only speaks to his publisher via untraceable cell phone.

I don’t usually follow the fantasy/sci-fi genre, but I have to admit I find this biographical concept (or conceit) intriguing. A … Read the rest

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Books at the Movies

As you may or may not know, a film version of the Douglas Adams classic, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, is opening in theaters this weekend. I know this book remains a popular favorite among many, so I thought I’d ask what you think about it being adapted … Read the rest

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Rod Serling

It’s common among Beat aficionados to scorn the popular media version of the Beats, especially the term “beatnik”, and the stereotypical goatee-sporting hipster. But to a youngster growing up in a small town, like me, sensing there was more out there than what they taught in middle school, even the … Read the rest

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