Aug 302014
Fahrenheit 451 - Parent Content Review

Title: Fahrenheit 451 Summary: In an American future envisioned in 1953 (that is remarkably prescient for our lives today) firemen don’t put out fires but rather act as a kind of totalitarian police force rushing to create a show by burning books (that’s not the prescient part). The protagonist, Montag, begins to question the system [Read more…]

Jul 252014
Top 10 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books

The editor and writer Ben Bova once defined the difference between fantasy and science fiction this way, “Fantasy has trees, science fiction has rivets.” That’s a broad oversimplification but an essentially workable line in the sand to use as a definition. I point this out because as Merran and I went through NPR’s list she [Read more…]

Jan 012012
Was Herman Melville Stoned on Spermaceti?

Let’s get this started with an off-topic item. I include it only because my kids, who are big fans of the Bone comic book, are by extension, fascinated with Moby Dick. My son even went so far as to start reading it (at age 10). He didn’t get very far (18 pages!) and that’s ok, [Read more…]