Tired of Reading Bang-bang Shoot Em Up Spaceopera?
May I recommend a literary science fiction book written by a philosopher.
Olaf Stapledon was a British philosopher that wrote science fiction books in the 1930s. These are not fast paced, light-reading, but his books influenced many later science fiction authors. He introduced many ideas to science fiction.
His book Odd John started the whole mutant super human trope that also appear as heroes in comic book. The trope got very over done in the 1970s.
His writing is in the style of the 1930s. It’s flowery, at times even purple prose. Strunk and White railed against overly flowery writing in their book the The Elements of Style. If you don’t have a copy of the Elements of Style, get one and read it, very couple of months. My English teachers told me that over and over.
His book The Star Maker has been called a history of the universe. A big statement. When he wrote the book, Black Holes were a mathematical concept. It was not until 1958 that a book came out that made Black Holes a popular concept. In the 1930s liquid fueled rockets were just being experimented with and some people argued that they could not work. The V2 would come crashing down on that idea a few years later. Galaxies had just been determined to be object like the Milky Way, not part of the Milky Way. There were no Cell Phones back then, it was primitive.
So plow through one or more of his books. You will find that ideas we think of as modern go back a long ways.
Someone has to thinks the books are good. They are out of copyright, but Amazon still charges top dollar for them.
I’m baking another loaf of bread. I’ll let you know how it came out next week.
Sugar Crisp Bacon
1 pound thick-cut bacon
¼ cup maple syrup
½ cup brown sugar
Optional thin, very thin sliced apple pieces
Stay strong, write on, and make it with bacon.
Professor Hyram Voltage
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