Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 414)

FARNHAM'S FREEHOLD by Robert A. Heinlein
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 15, 1964

"The satire on fall-out shelters, race and sex lacks inspiration."
Heinlein attempts to mix science-fiction with social comment, satire and a reversal of our color problem by sending an American family 2,000 years into the future. Read full book review >
ORPHANS OF THE SKY by Robert A. Heinlein
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 19, 1964

"The characters are pulpy and the central parable too clotted with comic-strip invention; perhaps because this originally appeared in 1941 as an Astounding Science Fiction serial."
The best quality of this sci-fi novel might be described as a sense of finity. Read full book review >

GLIDE PATH by Arthur C. Clarke
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 11, 1963

"The electronic saga sometimes pops with a bit of poetry and sentiment, but for the most part it is told in the tone of hardy idealism rarely encountered in today's fiction. We'll to the stars no more"
The story is something of a hymn to a home-based British radar unit during WW II and concerns the development of a radar talk-down system for landing planes. Read full book review >
GLORY ROAD by Robert A. Heinlein
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 9, 1963

"Fairy- tale spinning in space for the young in heart and years by the two-time winner of the Hugo Award."
Footloose Scar Gordon is chosen as the knight errant and (later) husband of the beautiful Star. Read full book review >
I, ROBOT by Isaac Asimov
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 1963

A new edition of the by now classic collection of affiliated stories which has already established its deserved longevity. Read full book review >

CAT'S CRADLE by Kurt Vonnegut
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 18, 1963

"Spottily effective."
The narrator is researching for his book, The Day the World Ended, when he comes up against his karass, as he later understands it through Bokononism. Read full book review >
THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE by Philip K. Dick
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 15, 1962

"But it will disappoint greatly."
The teratological curiosity of the American reading public, whetted and abetted by the press, could have made this novel a sure best seller. Read full book review >
PODKAYNE OF MARS by Robert A. Heinlein
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 19, 1962

"An interplanetary plot and a moral append a highspirited entertainment for all ages."
A somersault into the future is a parody of modern times and travels with cheerful Poddy (Podkayne) Fries, her troublesome young brother, and her Uncle to Venus- on an amusing variation of a cruiseliner. Read full book review >
STARSHIP TROOPERS by Robert A. Heinlein
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 5, 1959

"Somewhat pretentious in style and proposed scope, often slightly confusing to the non-aficionado, this should, nevertheless, find readers among the devotees of Robert Heinlein's impressively long list of science fiction titles."
A weirdly credible adventure revolving around moral philosophy and entomology, told in the first person. Read full book review >
EARTH IS ROOM ENOUGH by Isaac Asimov
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 3, 1957

"Persuasive."
17 selections (mostly short stories, some poems) by a hand well practiced in the art of science prestidigitation. Read full book review >
CITIZEN OF THE GALAXY by Robert A. Heinlein
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 12, 1957

"Margaret Mader, the bustling lady anthropologist who proves a friend to Thorby (her resemblance to Margaret Mead seems more than coincidental) is a typical Heinlein touch in this synthesis of reality-unreality."
An inter-galactic waif, Thorby, was sold at a slave auction to Baslim the Cripple. Read full book review >
THE DEEP RANGE by Arthur C. Clarke
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 20, 1957

"At the end he injects a conservation-vegetarian angle which takes a bit away from the straight adventure aspects."
The price precludes this being listed as science fiction, so let's call it science fiction de luxe. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >