#StrangeStarsandSkies , day 6: Sci-fi set in space. I wanted to feature some of my collection of the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and this January 1971 issue has an awesome cover by Vaughn Bodé that illustrates “The Human Operators,” co-written by Harlan Ellison and A.E. Van Vogt. In the far future, sentient military spacecraft have killed off most of their crew members, but they keep a few alive to do necessary repairs. It was adapted into an episode of the 1999 reboot of “The Outer Limits” with Malcolm McDowell as the voice of the ship. Anyone seen it?
#scifisunday + #septemberbookaway (hosted by @agnesnutter_witch + @rainbowsandparachutes)
29. Where I want to go.
My dream destination is anywhere where I can see the aurora borealis or aurora australis! I've never seen them, have you? I'm signed up to the aurora watch alert in the UK but I will probably have to travel if I want to see them properly. 🌌
I don't have a confirmed tbr list for October. There are so many books I want to read and I usually just choose the next one on a whim. That being said, I would like to compile an ultimate tbr list just for fun. I'm contributing Fahrenheit 451 and A Confederacy of Dunces. Which two books would you like to add?
'Children of Tomorrow' is A.E. Van Vogt's novel about a near future society where it’s common in the Earth city of Spaceport for men to be absent on long tours in space. John Lane has just returned home to his wife and daughter after 10 years. His wife has grown estranged from him, and his daughter is a member of one of the new teen social groups called 'outfits' which have taken over day to day teen child rearing. To John, the presence of the outfits is ludicrous and he struggles in vain to enforce his old fashioned, 'Father Knows Best' mentality on the family. In addition to his domestic troubles, while out in space, John and his fleet made first contact with an aggressive alien species that may have already infiltrated the city of Spaceport and are plotting an invasion.
Van Vogt is speculating here about the future of child rearing, particularly during the chaotic teen years. The outfits have rigid codes of conduct, and the punishments, while not harsh, seem incredibly unyielding against infractions that in today's society wouldn't even register; lip kissing their boyfriend or girlfriend can get a teen excommunicated from an outfit. Published in 1970, its easy to imagine that Van Vogt's speculation was colored by his having witnessed the rise of totalitarian governments in his lifetime and also witnessing the culture explosion among youths in the 1960s, a rise in divorce rates, and the deterioration of the patriarchal household.
Van Vogt deftly brings together his main plot and many subplots in the culminating pages, and his characters are vivid with emotions of anger, resentment, and confusion lending an interesting amount of credibility to the arguments John has with his wife. 'Children of Tomorrow' is an interesting read for its close look at changes in standards of child rearing and marital culture, standards which anyone born after this book was published, will find just as foreign as the changes that John is struggling against.
Après un mois de vacances au soleil dans le sud, retour chez soi. Quel bonheur de retrouver la fraîcheur parisienne et de se glisser sous la couette pour bouquiner ! J'ai trouvé dans ma seconde bibliothèque (de maison de vacances) un vieux bouquin qu'un garçon m'avait offert... Il y a 20 ans ! Je n'accroche habituellement pas trop à la science-fiction en dehors de Bradbury, mais finalement, je trouve ce roman plaisant - bien que plein d'incohérences (ou de choses que je ne comprends pas, peut-être parce que je ne l'ai pas encore fini...) Vous connaissez ? Quels seraient vos conseils en matière de scifi ? - C.