Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Away Game

My brain is still in away-game mode, so the fresh blog fodder is light.  So I will fall back on old standbys.

While gone I only heard snippets of current events news.  I heard Roddy Piper died.  I head there were like 8 or 9 theater shootings so I figured guns would be banned when I returned.  What's up with that? 

I also have been reading John Grimes books.  A series by A. Bertram Chandler

I love space opera stuff, and this is interesting because the author was writing for just Australian readers in the 70s, so the cultural references were all Aussie.  Kinda fun to see.  Would be like watching Turkish Star Trek.

His space ships were all classic 1950s era rockets that landed on the back fins.   Pointy tower things that looked like German V-2s.  And the FTL drive ran on clock work.

He started it out as a space faring Horatio Hornblower series, apparently, that eventually morphed into something else.  Lots on 1970s era fornication, too.   Though not pornographic.  Just that sort of sensibility.  

It feels like the RPG Traveller listed some of his flavor, which I also welcome


Lee said...

Thanks for the heads up on the John Grimes books. The first omnibus edition is now on my Amazon wish list. And Traveller? That brings back some memories :-)

Kristophr said...

Isn't Chandler's stuff available for free on Gutenberg project?

Most of it is out of copyright, and those folks give away free e-books on line.