Category Archives: Science Fiction

The Tripods Trilogy (plus a prequel) by John Christopher (1967 – 1988)

Earth has been invaded by aliens! The alien Masters and their mechanical Tripods (much like those AT-AT Walkers from Star Wars– yes, I had to look that name up) have brainwashed and enslaved one country after another.  In their effort … Continue reading

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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (1885)

If you’ve never read The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, go get it from your library today!  It’s under 75 pages and you’ll understand the cultural references to it forevermore. Henry Jekyll is … Continue reading

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The Time Machine by H.G. Wells (1895)

“The son of a professional cricketer and a lady’s maid, H. G. Wells (1866-1946) served apprenticeships as a draper and a chemist’s assistant before winning a scholarship to the prestigious Normal School of Science in London. While he is best … Continue reading

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Lost Horizon by James Hilton (1933)

I’m sure you’ve heard the melodious name Shangri-la before, but did you know it comes from the 1933 novel Lost Horizon by James Hilton?  I bet you feel smarter already! Four American embassy workers crash-land a private plane in the … Continue reading

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Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1818)

If you’ve only ever seen a film version of Frankenstein, you’re in for a surprise when you read the original book.  First of all, Frankenstein is NOT the monster.  Frankenstein is, in fact, the doctor who creates the monster.  Maybe … Continue reading

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Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne (1864)

“Descend, bold traveler, into the crater of the jokull of Snaefell, which the shadow of Scartaris touches before the Kalends of July, and you will attain the centre of the earth.  I did it.  Arne Saknussemm” In 1863 Professor Lidenbrock … Continue reading

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