E-raamat: Don't Look Back

  • Formaat: 288 pages
  • Ilmumisaeg: 05-May-2017
  • Kirjastus: Elsewhen Press
  • ISBN-13: 9781911409182
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  • Formaat: 288 pages
  • Ilmumisaeg: 05-May-2017
  • Kirjastus: Elsewhen Press
  • ISBN-13: 9781911409182
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John Gribbin, widely regarded as one of the best science writers of the 20th century, has also, unsurprisingly, been writing science fiction for many years. While his novels are well-known, his short stories are perhaps less so. He has also written under pseudonyms. Here, for the first time, is the definitive collection of John's short stories. Many were originally published in Analog and other magazines. Some were the seeds of subsequent novels. This collection contains 23 short stories, three of which John wrote with his son Ben. It also includes an essay in which John addresses the paradoxes of time travel in SF, and another in which John argues that the Moon is, in fact, a Babel Fish! These stories, written at a time when issues such as climate change were taken less seriously (especially by politicians) now seem very relevant again. What underpins all of them, of course, is a grounding in solid science. But also, which will not come as a surprise to anyone who has ever met John at a science fiction convention, or elsewhere, they are laced with a dry and subtle wit. He is, however, not averse to a good pun, as evidenced by the song he co-wrote for the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band: The Holey Cheeses of Nazareth. Despite the exhortation of this collection's title, this IS a perfect opportunity to look back at John's short stories. If you've never read any of his fiction before, now you have the chance to acquaint yourself with a body of work that, while being very much of its time, is certainly not in any way out of date.
John Gribbin was born in 1946 in Maidstone, Kent. He studied physics at the University of Sussex and went on to complete an MSc in astronomy at the same University before moving to the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge, to work for his PhD. After working for the journal Nature and New Scientist, and three years with the Science Policy Research Unit at Sussex University, he has concentrated chiefly on writing books. These include In Search of Schrodinger's Cat, In Search of the Big Bang, and In Search of the Multiverse. He has also written and presented several series of critically acclaimed radio programmes on scientific topics for the BBC (including QUANTUM, for Radio Four), and has acted as consultant on several TV documentaries, as well as contributing to TV programmes for the Open University and the Discovery channel. But he really wanted to be a successful science fiction writer, and has achieved at least the second part of that ambition with books such as Timeswitch and The Alice Encounter, and stories in publications such as Interzone and Analog. But as John Lennon's Aunt Mimi so nearly said "Sf is all very well, John, but it won't pay the rent". Another thing that doesn't pay the rent is his songwriting, mostly for various spinoffs of the Bonzo Dog Band. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, as well as being a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical and Royal Meteorological Societies.