All Roads Lead to Glycon

It was pleasant to be the first person to check out Widener’s copy of Alan Moore, Storyteller, the new hardcover biography by Gary Spencer Millidge.  Before the shiny crisp pages of Moore’s interesting comics have been pawed over and collected layers of fingerprints and crumbs, I was able to turn them and learn some more […]

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Three Gems of Metahistorical Science Fiction

It is rather hard to believe, but by pure chance the last three novels I read in sequence were all Metahistorical narratives–not in the sense of Hayden White or Gaian ecology…  What I am referring to in the case of these three books is a Metahistory as a condition, or perhaps even a technique, for […]

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Encapsulated Man

“Behold the astronaut, fully equipped for duty: a scaly creature, more like an oversized ant than a primate — certainly not a naked god.  To survive on the moon he must be encased in an even more heavily insulated garment, and become a kind of faceless ambulatory mummy.  While he is hurtling through space the […]

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Trapped in a World He Never Made…

When I logged on tonight, I planned to announce the release of teKML software package, but now that seems trivial compared to the sad news…that Steve Gerber has passed away. For those who didn’t experience it in the 70s, it’s hard to define the tremendous fervor and passion that Gerber aroused with his wise-cracking hero, […]

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Encyclopedias of Imaginary Knowledge

Books about imaginary fields of knowledge have always fascinated me. What started out in H. P. Lovecraft as an imaginary compendium of arcane knowledge [Parallel Botany, by Leo Lionni, in which a variety of amazing pseudo-plants are investigated by a menagerie of oddball adventurers. Lionni kindly provided us with lush illustrations of these weird vegetables […]

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