The Great Explosion (1962)

The Blieder drive, a faster-than-light drive system, has permitted the population of Earth to colonize the galaxy. Each planet has become the home for a particular social group. Four hundred years after the diaspora, a spaceship from Earth visits three of the planets, the first steps to unifying the galaxy under a new Empire. Things do not go entirely as hoped, as the incompetent military authoritarians of the ship encounter three very different societies.

The first planet was a penal colony; it is now many independent kleptocratic despotisms preying on each other. The second planet, Hygeia, is populated by health and fitness fanatic nudists. The third planet, Kassim, was colonized by a religious group, but when the ship arrives, they can’t find any human life, only empty villages overgrown by jungle. -from wikipedia



Sci-fi artwork by Darren Quach.

Some great sci-fi art on this blog. I am going to try to start updating again. Maybe once a week for awhile. Sorry I have been away, but I have not been able to read much aside from short story anthologies here and there.


Anonymous said: It was either the late 80's or early 90's I was riding in the car while my parents listen to a book on tape. The book was about a child genius sent somewhere to have tests performed measuring his IQ. Later his brain and consciousness is uploaded into cyberspace. He becomes defiance and my memory falls short after that. The transcendence trailer gave me the flashback of this memory and my attempts Google any proof of this books existence have fallen short. Am i completely fabricating this memory?


“Ever since the computers came to be ruling things pretty much their own way, handling data and forming conclusions, the only way a man could achieve any notice in the galaxy was to do some original thinking —and by original, read alogical. […] Men, luckily, aren’t limited to the flip-flop on-off type of binary thinking that the computers specialize in.” "Solitary" by Robert Silverberg, from the collection Godling Go Home! (1964)
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