Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Celebrating the Births . . . Jack Finney and Vernor Vinge

Jack Finney (October 2, 1911 – November 14, 1995)
     A World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement recipient, Finney was a science fiction and thriller author, best known for his 1955 novel The Body Snatchers, which has been adapted to film  at least four times. 

Old Time Radio
At Internet Archive: (direct download MP3s)
• "After the Movies" Suspense.
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• "I'm Scared" Sci-fi Radio.
      "A radio DJ receives a tape in the mail from a man who is convinced that the linear structure of Time itself is starting to go awry." - OTR Plot spot

Vernor Steffen Vinge (born October 2, 1944)
    A five time Hugo Award winner, with multiple other award nominations and wins, Vinge is a science fiction author, whose works are frequently focused heavily on a hypothetical upcoming "singularity." Only one of his works is freely available as of this posting. His homepage is here.

"Within thirty years, we will have the technological means to create superhuman intelligence. Shortly after, the human era will be ended."
—"The Coming Technological Singularity" 1993.

• At Baen: "The Ungoverned" Science Fiction.
     "Al's Protection Racket operated out of Manhattan, Kansas. Despite the name, it was a small, insurance-oriented police service with about 20,000 customers, all within 100 kilometers of the main ship. But apparently "Al" was some kind of humorist: His ads had a gangster motif with his cops dressed like 20th century hoodlums. Wil Brierson guessed that it was all part of the nostalgia thing. Even the Michigan State Police—Wil's outfit—capitalized on the public's feeling of trust for old names, old traditions."

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