Books Read (click on titles for review):
Prayers to Broken Stones by Dan Simmons
The Masks of Time by Robert Silverberg
Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett: The wizards at Ankh-Morpork's Unseen University are renowned for many things—wisdom, magic, and their love of teatime—but athletics is most assuredly not on the list. And so when Lord Ventinari, the city's benevolent tyrant, strongly suggests to Archchancellor Mustrum Ridcully that the university revive an erstwhile tradition and once again put forth a football team composed of faculty, students, and staff, the wizards of UU find themselves in a quandary. To begin with, they have to figure out just what it is that makes this sport—soccer with a bit of rugby thrown in—so popular with Ankh-Morporkians of all ages and social strata. Then they have to learn how to play it. Oh, and on top of that, they must win a football match without using magic.
Books that spark my interest:
The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
The First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells
The Future on Ice by Orson Scott Card (ed)
Murder & Magic by Randall Garrett
The Jesus Incident by Frank Herbert & Bill Ransom
Future Crime by Cynthia Mason & Charles Ardai, eds.
Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
[You will notice the preponderance of science fiction titles...I'm in the midst of the Science Fiction Experience "challenge" sponsored by Carl V. SF will be the main item on the menu until the end of February.]