Review of Andy Weir’s The Martian

I just finished up reading Andy Weir’s The Martian on my Kindle. Science fiction when I’m starting to get heavily involved in science fact? Sure. It’s one of several books worth reading if you’re seriously considering a trip to Mars. To be honest, a book about an astronaut who is left behind by crewmates who … [Read more…]

Non-Canonical Books of Oz

There are forty books in the official Oz “Canon” but there are many more charming tales about Dorothy and her friends. Can you imagine what would happen if the Tin Man and Scarecrow visited our world? What if Ozma forgot who she was and disappeared? And who could forget about Wicked? There’s a lot of … [Read more…]

What To Read On The Way To Mars

So you’re packing for a trip to Mars. You know it’s going to be a Hohmann transfer that will take half a year to get there. This will make those long family road trips with four or five people in a too-small car, half of whom can’t sit still without judicious use of rope and … [Read more…]

Top Ten Isaac Asimov Novels

So I’ve done the “Top Ten Science Fiction Books,” but of course, there are so much good science fiction out there that I shouldn’t limit it to just ten. Isaac Asimov is the master of science fiction and most popular for his vision of robots constrained by the Three Laws of Robotics — if they … [Read more…]

Gift of Life

Henri Landwirth tells his inspirational story of surviving the Holocaust, losing his parents and nearly his own life. He came to America for a fresh start, became a successful hotel manager and then owner of a series of hotels, and befriended several well-known people like the Mercury Seven astronauts. Then, he walked away to found … [Read more…]

Top Ten Banned Books

Have you ever wondered why some books never show up on your school library’s bookshelves? Well, it might be because some prick on the school board decided that particular book wouldn’t be appropriate for kids. I will allow that I can see Fifty Shades of Gray. It is graphic and that’s no way to treat … [Read more…]

Elfwood Fantasy Art

“Elfwood’s mission is to provide a place for amateurs from all over the world to share, teach, and inspire a new generation of dreams.” Of course, Elfwood isn’t just a bunch of amateurs. The talent on Elfwood ranges from excellent to…pretty amateurish, sure…but some Elfwood members are actually professional artists and authors for whom Elfwood … [Read more…]

The Official Oz Books by L. Frank Baum

And I don’t mean the TV show! Well, not THAT one…Anyhow, you know them: Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion. They face magical perils throughout Oz along with friends like Glinda, the Wizard of Oz, the Munchkins and many more. Invented by L. Frank Baum from stories he used to tell his … [Read more…]