The Impossible Planet by Philip K.Dick

I am currently watching Electric Dreams on Channel 4. The second episode of Electric Dreams”The Impossible Planet” is a thought provoking adaptation based on a short story by Philip K. Dick which was first published in Imagination in October 1953.

It features Captain Andrews and Norton who both work for Astral Dreams a company specializing in interstellar cruises. They meet a 350-year-old deaf woman (Mrs. Gordon) who insists on purchasing a ticket to Earth, having traveled from Riga to Formalhaut IX. The old woman is accompanied by a robot. Andrews explains that he cannot take the old woman to Earth because there is no such place, it is only a myth and likely never existed. The robant (a robotic servant) explains that Mrs. Gordon heard of Earth from her grandfather who was born there and she wants to see Earth before she dies, and will pay any money required to fulfil her final wish.

So Andrews begins researching for possible planets that fit legends of Earth. Through his research, Andrews learns that Earth was most likely the third planet in a nine planet system, with a single moon, but was left uninhabitable by the Centauran-Riga war and now has radioactive toxins in the air. He narrows down the search to a few possible places. Nearby is Emphor III, which fits the description. so they lie to Mrs Gordon and take her there instead, however the planet looks nothing like Earth as she pictured from the legends. So they tell her that commercial industrial operations have exhausted the surface. Then Whilst exploring the surface Andrews hears birds then finds a small coin on the surface bearing the markings “E Pluribus Unum”….

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Sydney Rye: Justice ) (A Reed & Billie Novel Book 5) by Dustin Stevens

I enjoy reading a good crime thriller and would like to read Sydney Rye: Justice by Dustin Stevens. It is book five in the Reed and Billie detective series. It is an exciting crime thriller which starts with a woman in hiding whose life is in mortal danger. Detective Sydney Rye and her dog. “Blue” are called to the scene. Blue is part Great Dane, part wolf and is Rye’s canine partner. Later detective Reed Mattox also gets a call from his boss, Captain Grimes. Reed heads out with “Billie” his highly trained black Belgian Malinois Police dog. “Billie” used to be a Marine but when her handler was killed she wouldn’t bond to anyone else so the Marines sold her to the Columbus PD and Reed became her partner. She’s bonded with Reed and she and he are quite a team.

When he gets to headquarters he meets with Captain Grimes and learns of a murder On the second story of a low-rent apartment complex involving two women. One of the women is a politician who got booted out of public office for lying and is desperately trying to claw her way back into the spotlight. The other is a nun from the local school, who seems to have had the misfortune of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. On arrival Reed sees a foyer covered in blood and two bodies. Both are shot to pieces and blood is everywhere in the small foyer.

Their investigations lead them to a multi billionaire named Vinson Gerard, and an ex SAS soldier named Clarence Koop. Sydney Rye has revenge on her mind, and sends Mattox and Billie on a wild goose chase with a fake story involving a phone number, which corroborates her story. The house soon becomes the focus of Mattox Reed, Billie, Sydney, Blue, Gerard, Koop, and Koop’s two associates, as they try to figure Out what is going on while staying alive.

Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week takes place between September 24–30. It is promoted by the American Library Association and Amnesty International to celebrate the freedom to read, and draw attention to banned and challenged books, and highlight persecuted individuals and remind people that the war for free expression still wages and the right to free expression is not easily won. It has been Held during the last week of September since 1982, and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them” and the requirement to keep material publicly available so that people can develop their own conclusions and opinions. The international campaign notes individuals “persecuted because of the writings that they produce, circulate or read.” Some of the events that occur during Banned Book Week are The Virtual Read-Out and The First Amendment Film Festival.

Banned Books Week was founded in 1982 by prominent First Amendment and library activist Judith Krug. Krug said that the Association of American Publishers contacted her with ideas to bring banned books “to the attention of the American public” after a “slew of books” had been banned that year. Krug relayed the information to American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee and the first Banned Books Week six weeks after. Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA), the American Booksellers Association, American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE), American Society of Journalists and Authors, Association of American Publishers, National Association of College Stores, and endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

Since 2011, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has designated the Wednesday of Banned Books Week as Banned Websites Awareness Day. Their goal is “to bring attention to the overly aggressive filtering of educational and social websites used by students and educators. In the AASL’s 2012 national longitudinal survey, 94% of respondents said their school used filtering software, with the majority of blocked websites relating to social networking (88%), IM or online chatting (74%), gaming (69%), and video services like YouTube (66%).The AASL’s position is that “the social aspect of learning” is important for students in the 21st century and that many schools go “beyond the requirements set forth by the Federal Communications Commission in its Child Internet Protection Act.

It has been held during the last week of September since 1982. Banned Books Week not only encourages readers to examine challenged literary works, but also promotes intellectual freedom in libraries, schools, and bookstores. Its goal is “to teach the importance of our First Amendment rights and the power of literature, and to draw attention to the danger that exists when restraints are imposed on the availability of information in a free society. Offering Banned Books Week kits, the ALA sells posters, buttons, and bookmarks to celebrate the event.

Many educational facilities also celebrate banned and challenged books during this week, often creating displays and programs around the awareness campaign. Additionally, various booksellers sponsor activities and events in support of Banned Books Week. Some retailers create window displays, while others go further, inviting authors of banned and challenged materials to come speak at their stores, as well as funding annual essay contests about freedom of expression. Educational facilities and booksellers also sponsor “read outs,” allowing participants to read aloud passages from their favorite banned books.

Amnesty International also celebrates Banned Books Week by directing attention to individuals “persecuted because of the writings that they produce, circulate or read. Its web site documents “focus cases” annually which show individuals who have been reportedly killed, incarcerated, or otherwise harassed by national authorities around the world, and urge people to “take action” to help it in partnership with its “Urgent Action Network” by contacting authorities regarding human rights violations. They also provide updates to cases from previous years, giving a history and current status of people who have been allegedly persecuted for their writings. The cases include individuals from Azerbaijan, China, Cuba, Egypt, Gambia, Iran, Myanmar, Russia, and Sri Lanka. The event has been praised for celebrating the freedom provided by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.Public events where banned and challenged books are read aloud are commonly held to celebrate the event. The international event held by Amnesty International has also been praised for reminding people about the price that some people pay for expressing controversial viewsHowever most of the books on the list were simply challenged (primarily by parents for violence, language, sexuality, or age-appropriateness), rather than actually removed

Camila Alire, a former president of the ALA, responded that Banned Books Week highlights “the hundreds of documented attempts to suppress access to information that take place each year across the U.S.,” and that “when the library is asked to restrict access for others, that does indeed reflect an attempt at censorship. the American Christian right organization, “Focus on the Family” regularly challenges Banned Books Week, claiming that books are not really banned, and that libraries’ policies are anti-family. They say that the American Library association Has perpetrated the ‘banned’ books lie for too long and that they attempts to intimidate and silence any parent, teacher or librarian who expresses concern about the age-appropriateness of sexually explicit or violent material for schoolchildren.” Focus on the Family say that “parents have every right and responsibility to object to their kids receiving sexually explicit and pro-gay literature without their permission, especially in a school setting” and criticized the event for its “promotion of homosexuality to…6- or 7-year-old children against their will. The anti-gay group Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX) has similarly criticized the ALA for not using the event to champion ex-gay books or books opposing same-sex marriage in the United States. Some think that rhetoric surrounding Banned Books Week also conflates issues such as banning books in a public library versus a school library.

Doctor Seuss

Most widely known for children’s picture books written and illustrated as Dr. Seuss, the American writer, poet, and cartoonist Theodor Seuss Geisel sadly passed away September 24, 1991. He was Born March 2, 1904 And had used the pen name Dr. Theophrastus Seuss in college and later used Theo LeSieg, and once Rosetta Stone, as well as Dr. Seuss. Geisel published 46 children’s books, often characterized by imaginative characters, rhyme, and frequent use of anapestic meter. His most celebrated books include the bestselling Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, The Lorax, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Horton Hatches the Egg, Horton Hears a Who!, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas!. Numerous adaptations of his work have been created, including 11 television specials, four feature films, a Broadway musical and four television series. He won theLewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1958 for Horton Hatches the Egg and again in 1961 for And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street.

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Geisel also worked as an illustrator for advertising campaigns, most notably for Flit and Standard Oil, and as a political cartoonist for PM, a New York City newspaper. During World War II, he worked in an animation department of the United States Army, where he wrote Design for Death, a film that later won the 1947Academy Award for Documentary Feature.He was a perfectionist in his work and he would sometimes spend up to a year on a book. It was not uncommon for him to throw out 95% of his material until he settled on a theme for his book. For a writer he was unusual in that he preferred to only be paid after he finished his work rather than in advance.Geisel’s birthday, March 2, has been adopted as the annual date for National Read Across America Day, an initiative on reading created by the National Education Association.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

American novellist Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald  was born September 24, 1896 in Saint Paul, Minnesota, to an uper-middle-class family, Fitzgerald was named after his famous second cousin, three times removed, Francis Scott Key, but was referred to as “Scott.” He was also named after his deceased sister, Louise Scott. Fitzgerald spent he first decade of his childhood in Buffalo, New York and Syracuse, New York between 1901 and 1903). Fitzgerald attended two Catholic schools on the West Side of Buffalo, first Holy Angels Convent and n Nardin Academy. Fitzgerald was intelligent with an interest in literature, his doting mother ensuring that her son had all the advantages. Fitzgerald attended Holy Angels for only half a day—and was allowed to choose which half. In 1908, the family returned to Minnesota, where Fitzgerald attended St. Paul Academy, St. Paul from 1908 to 1911. When he was 13 he published a detective story in the school newspaper. In 1911, when Fitzgerald was 15 years old, his parents sent him to the Newman School, a prestigious Catholic prep school in Hackensack, New Jersey. There he met Father Sigourney Fay, who encouraged him to pursue his literary ambitions.

After graduating in 1913, Fitzgerald attended Princeton University, New Jersey, where he befriended future critics and writers Edmund Wilson and John Peale Bishop and wrote for the Princeton Triangle Club, the Nassau Lit, and the Princeton Tiger And the American Whig-Cliosophic Society, which ran the Nassau Lit and the Universty Cottage club The Princeton Triangle was a kind of musical-comedy society.

in 1917 Fitzgerald dropped out of school to join the U.S. Army. Afraid that he might die in World War I with his literary dreams unfulfilled, Fitzgerald hastily wrote a novel called The Romantic Egotist. the reviewer noted its originality and encouraged Fitzgerald to submit more work in the future. During the 1920’s Fitzgerald travelled to Paris and the French Riviera, befriending many members of the American expatriate community in Paris, notably Ernest Hemingway. Fitzgerald supplemented his income by writing short stories for such magazines as The Saturday Evening Post, Collier’s Weekly, and Esquire, and sold his stories and novels to Hollywood studios.

Fitzgerald wrote his stories in an authentic manner then put in “twists that made them into saleable magazine stories. Although Fitzgerald’s passion lay in writing novels, only his first novel sold well enough to support the opulent lifestyle that he and Zelda adopted as New York celebrities. (The Great Gatsby, now considered to be his masterpiece, did not become popular until after Fitzgerald’s death.) Because of this lifestyle, as well as the bills from Zelda’s medical care, Fitzgerald was constantly in financial trouble and often required loans from his literary agent, Harold Ober, and his editor at Scribner’s, Maxwell Perkins. When Ober decided not to continue advancing money to Fitzgerald, the author severed ties with his longtime friend and agent. (Fitzgerald offered a good-hearted and apologetic tribute to this support in the late short story “Financing Finnegan”.)

Fitzgerald began working on his fourth novel during the late 1920s and also wrote short stories. Fitzgerald rented the “La Paix” estate in the suburb of Towson, Maryland to work on his latest book, the story of the rise and fall of Dick Diver, a promising young psychiatrist who falls in love with and marries Nicole Warren, one of his patients. Some critics have seen the book as an autobiographical novel recounting Fitzgerald’s problems with his wife, the corrosive effects of wealth and a decadent lifestyle, his own egoism and self-confidence, and his continuing alcoholism. This was published in 1934 as Tender Is the Night. Most critics felt that Fitzgerald had not lived up to their expectations. The novel did not sell well upon publication but has since become a classic.

In 1937, Fitzgerald moved to Hollywood, Besides writing, he also got involved in the film industry. Although he reportedly found movie work degrading, Fitzgerald was once again in dire financial straits, and spent the 1930s in Hollywood, working on commercial short stories, scripts for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and his fifth and final novel, The Love of the Last Tycoon. Published posthumously as The Last Tycoon, it was based on the life of film executive Irving Thalberg. Among his other film projects was Madame Curie. In 1939, MGM ended the contract, and Fitzgerald became a freelance screenwriter

Sadly Fitzgerald and Zelda fell out due to his alcoholism; she continued living in mental institutions on the East Coast, while he lived with his lover Sheilah Graham, the gossip columnist, in Hollywood. Records from the 1940 U.S. Census have him officially living at the estate of Edward Everett Horton in Encino, California San Fernando Valley. From 1939 until his death in 1940, Fitzgerald mocked himself as a Hollywood hack through the character of Pat Hobby in a sequence of 17 short stories, later collected as “The Pat Hobby Stories” which were published in The Esquire appearing January 1940 to July 1941.

Fitzgerald had been an alcoholic since his college days, and became notorious during the 1920s for his extraordinarily heavy drinking, leaving him in poor health by the late 1930s. Fitzgerald suffered two heart attacks in the late 1930s And was ordered by his doctor to avoid strenuous exertion. He moved in with Sheilah Graham, who lived in Hollywood on North Hayworth Avenue, where he had two flights of stairs to climb to his apartment. On the night of December 20, 1940, Fitzgerald and Sheilah Graham attended the premiere of This Thing Called Love starring Rosalind Russell and Melvyn Douglas. As they left the Pantages Theater, Fitzgerald became dizzy and The following day, Fitzgerald jumped from his armchair, grabbed the mantelpiece, gasped and fall to the floor. Upon entering the apartment to assist Fitzgerald, he was found dead on 21 December 1940 after suffering a heart attack. His body was moved to the Pierce Brothers Mortuary. Fitzgerald died at age 44, before he could complete The Love of the Last Tycoon. His manuscript, was edited by his friend, the literary critic Edmund Wilson, and published in 1941 as The Last Tycoon. In 1994 the book was reissued under the original title The Love of the Last Tycoon.

Fitzgerald is considered a member of the “Lost Generation” of the 1920s and he is widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. His works are the paradigmatic writings of the Jazz Age, and have inspired writers ever since the publication of The Great Gatsby which is required reading in many school and college classes. He finished four novels: This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and Damned, The Great Gatsby (his most famous), and Tender Is the Night. A fifth, unfinished novel, The Love of the Last Tycoon, was published posthumously. Fitzgerald also wrote many short stories concening themes of youth and promise along with age and despair.

Fitzgerald’s work has been adapted into films many times. Tender is the Night was filmed in 1962, and made into a television miniseries in 1985. The Beautiful and Damned was filmed in 1922 and 2010. The Great Gatsby has been the basis for numerous films of the same name, spanning nearly 90 years; 1926, 1949, 1974, 2000, and 2013 adaptations. In addition, Fitzgerald’s own life from 1937 to 1940 was dramatized in 1958 in Beloved Infidel. Fitzgerald is also a 2009 inductee of the New Jersey Hall of Fame and is also the namesake of the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota, home of the radio broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion.

The Last Pendragon by Sarah Woodbury

I enjoy reading a good mythical fantasy novel and I am getting withdrawal symptoms from not seeing any more Lord of the Rings, Silmarillion or Game of Thrones, although I would like to read Knight of the seven Kingdoms by George R.R.Martin. Anyway I thought I would download The last Pendragon by Sarah Woodbury, courtesy of Amazon Kindle Unlimited. The Last Pendragon is book one of the Last Pendragon Saga by Sarah Woodbury. It is an Exciting Historical fiction novel featuring myths and magic and set during the Arthurian times in the dark ages. The novel features Cade who is a decendent of King Arthur and has been long foretold as the one who will unite Wales against the Saxon invaders. Meanwhile Rhiannon is the illigitimate daughter of the self-styled King and usurper Cadfael and is bent on turning away any suiters that come her way – her father is none to thrilled at her recalcitrance and seeks to marry her off to a Saxon Lord.

Then Cade is dragged before her father’s throne, beaten and having lost all of his men to her father’s treachery, he stirs something inside her that she has never felt before. When Cade is revealed to be not only Arthur’s heir but touched by the sidhe. Rhiann must choose between the life she left behind and the one before her–and ask herself how much she is willing to risk to follow her heart. Cade and Rhiannon soon find themselves in the thick of adventure, encountering the sidhe, demons, hell hounds and the Welsh Gods. The Complete Series reading order is:

  • The Last Pendragon,
  • The Pendragon’s Blade,
  • Song of the Pendragon,
  • The Pendragon’s Quest,
  • The Pendragon’s Champions,
  • Rise of the Pendragon,
  • The Pendragon’s Challenge,
  • Legend of the Pendragon.

Cursed City (Shadow Detective Book 1) by William Massa

I also like reading a good creepy ghost story occasionally like Woman in Black, Dracula or Crimson Peak so i thought i would download Cursed City, which book one in the Shadow Detective Book series by William Massa and is available free gratis on Amazon Kindle Unlimited.

Cursed City is described as an occult/horror’/ ‘supernatural’ thriller by William Massa. It features Mike Raven whose parents were murdered by demons when He was eight. He discovers his parents were paranormal investigators who had got too close and that Hell always settles its scores. He decides to join the family business and Spends the next two decades studying the occult and travelling the world fighting monsters Including Vampires. Shifters. Demons and Ghosts.

Then he meets Celeste and from the moment Celeste steps into his office, He senses that she is in deep trouble. Black magic trouble. Mike discovers that Her father had promised her soul to a powerful demon on the day she was born. Now, twenty-one years later, the forces of darkness were gathering to collect their long-awaited prize and so in desperation Celeste asks Mike Raven for help before its too late.