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posted a Quick Tip about Orphans of the Sky. March 25, 2011
Orphans of the Sky
Heinlein, in the space of an incredibly short 128 pages, has provided us with the fodder for many a thoughtful conversation. One more in a string of ground-breaking sci-fi classics that, on the surface, …
reviewed Orphans of the Sky. March 25, 2011
Orphans of the Sky
The mutiny took place many, many years ago on an enormous star ship outfitted for a multi-generational voyage to Far Centaurus. The last remaining member of the original crew, for right or wrong, made …
posted a Quick Tip about Rite of Passage. September 30, 2010
Rite of Passage
It's Panshin's epilogue that pulls "Rite of Passage" from mere coming of age novel into the realm of "classic" Nebula award winner, an eye-opening, jaw-dropping dissertation on the results of the irresponsible …
reviewed Rite of Passage. September 30, 2010
Rite of Passage
One hundred and fifty years after the wars that destroyed an over-populated earth, mankind is now living on over one hundred colony worlds and a handful of giant roaming ships that once ferried men to …
reviewed Orphans of the Sky. September 01, 2010
Orphans of the Sky
What was your first impression?  This is another book I read back in the not so dim mists of time.  This was the first time I ever encountered the concept of mutations.  A man with two …
reviewed Rite of Passage. May 09, 2010
Rite of Passage
The world came to an end in 2041.      At least that is what Alexi Panshin wrote in 1968.      "An impressive portrayal of the psychological and moral coming-of-age …
reviewed Orphans of the Sky. September 22, 2009
Orphans of the Sky
There is a statistical principle called "regression to the mean" that can also be applied across human generations. It means that when a parent is extremely intelligent the probability is very high that …
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