Archive for the “PBBC” Category

Little Fuzzy, 1984 ed., H. Beam Piper
The “golden age of science-fiction” the more retrograde fans yearn for never actually existed. Even the stories about brave white explorers settling aliens planets have as their moral “accept the humanity of people who don’t look like you.”

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 1987 Signet ed., William Shakespeare
The best dirty jokes are the one’s people don’t realize are dirty anymore.

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The Midwich Cuckoos, c. 1990 ed., John Wyndham
Another book of which I own multiple editions.

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The Iron Ship, 2015, K.M. McKinley
This is a well-written book with a nicely realized world, where magic is starting to be overtaken by scientific development. At just over 600 pages long, about 400 of those pages are people discussing economics.
This isn’t a complaint, exactly, but the book doesn’t have a lot of dynamic scenes and is very obviously the first part of a series. I mean, the ship of the title doesn’t even set sail until nearly the last chapter.

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Bored of the Rings, 1969, “Harvard Lampoon”
Nerds have never been funny. Nerds have always thought they were funny. Nerds have always mistaken references to things, sexism and racism for actual humor.

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