Here are a few facts about this old SF story whose author I can no longer recall.
1. It was written by a giant of mid-century SF whose name I can no longer recall. Not Sheckley, not Asimov. I thought it might be Damon Knight, but I can't find it in his work.
2. It's a story about a man who travels to the future as part of a gigantic relief effort to assist future men who are burying themselves in the earth. [more inside]
posted by Mr. Justice
on Aug 23, 2014 -
I again have time to consume books like a cookie-monster. I've avoided lists of classics-by-genera because I tend to like only 5% of what's on them. It's not that I specifically like reading dystopias or sci-fi - I liked the Poisonwood Bible for instance, as much if not more than Lord of the Rings.
In addition to book recommendations, it would also be useful if, given the books listed below, you have any ideas for other trends that could help me search out books myself. Your advice is much appreciated! :) [more inside]
posted by ch3cooh
on Jan 25, 2014 -
You know how you can just remember a few details about some subject from your youth, and it's going to bother you until you can reveal the full scope of that memory? Yeah, I'm right there. I'm looking for a series of books. They were in the SF/F section in the 1980s. They were probably popular because their covers resembled Frazetta prints, and they tended to be really violent (i.e. jumping on the popularity of Conan). [more inside]
posted by thanotopsis
on Nov 19, 2013 -
Authors who write (or wrote . . . if they're dead) Twilight Zone
and Outer Limits
-esque stories? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart
on Apr 5, 2012 -
Weird fiction writers other than Clark Ashton Smith, Robert E. Howard and H.P. Lovecraft whose works are worth reading? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart
on Feb 24, 2012 -
RaceWIN? Native American-written dystopian/fantasy/science/ speculative fiction. I am looking for the name of the text and author of a contemporary Native American novel that is satirical and dystopian. [more inside]
posted by MidSouthern Mouth
on May 31, 2011 -
I'm looking for a book I read as a pre-teen around 1977. It was a coming of age story about a girl who was having problems so she went to this big tree and I think she pressed against it and then went into some fantasy world where she became some kind of indian girl or primative girl and she went on adventures. I always wanted to know the name....can anyone remember this book? What I remember most was that the tree was the secret gate to moving back and forth into these two worlds. And also that as the indian, she had to live a very rustic life.
posted by lynnie-the-pooh
on Sep 4, 2008 -
"The greatest challenge facing mankind is the challenge of distinguishing reality from fantasy, truth from propaganda." (See link
.) What are some examples of leading-edge science and/or technology that might illustrate the truth of this statement? [More inside] [more inside]
posted by ajr
on Dec 12, 2003 -