The FUTURE Science Fiction Room





*****An Invitation from TSS*****

I am a strong advocate of "science fiction" as a vehicle for sociological insights...especially as it relates to the "future." I hope you enjoy the lists of links, books, and movies which I've provided. These aren't, of course, exhaustive...but they are a good start. Your comments are welcomed...including suggestions as to others to include.




General and "Future" Science Fiction Links

List of "Future" Science Fiction Books and Links

Selected "Future" Movies and Links

TSS Directory

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General and Future Science Fiction Links



Notebooks of Lazarus Long
From Heinlein's Time Enough for Love
Aphorisms for our day!!

Science Fiction: The Early History
by H. Bruce Franklin

Hard Science Fiction
by David G. Hartwell

Works of Mathematical Fiction

H. G. Wells and the Genesis of Future Studies here

Science Fiction Research Bibliography here

Science Fiction in Education here

Search for Tomorrow: Science Fiction Literature & Today's Student here

Science Fiction & Society (College Course) here

Feminist Science Fiction, Fantasy & Utopia: II. A. Author Bibliographies here

Society for Utopian Studies here

Internet Speculative Fiction DataBase here

The Official SciFi_Discussion Web Site here





































List of "Future" Science Fiction books



This is a list of Science Fiction books which I prefer to call Future Books. Each of these deal in some way with potential futures of our society and world. Some take us to a different "time" on our world and others take us to a different "place." Personally, I've always considered the "best" science fiction to be that which makes me reflect and consider my own world. I hope you try out some.

I've put some links about various books and authors you might find interesting or useful...there will be more to come. I've also have my own synopses of a few and will be adding them slowly but surely. Meanwhile, if you have questions about any of the books, email me.

I've arranged them alphabetically by TITLE.



Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
Brave New World Online Complete Text here
Aldous Huxley: Soma Web Great Links here

Dies the Fire
by S.M. Stirling
---Official S.M. Stirling Website
With sample chapters of most books Stirling has written or is writing

Dispossessed, The (Ursula K. LeGuin)
Essay & Commentary by David H. Kessel here
Study Guide here

Eight Against Utopia (Douglas R. Mason)

Farnham's Freehold (Robert Heinlein)
Synopsis & Review here

Future City (Roger Elwood--Ed.)

Gate to Women's Country (Sheri S. Tepper)
Essay by Barbara K. Kessel and David H. Kessel here
Review here
Reviews of Tepper Books here

Grass (Sheri S. Tepper)

Handmaid's Tale, The (Margaret Atwood)
Essay on Book and Movie (by David H. Kessel) here
Study Guide here
MARGARET ATWOOD INFORMATION PAGE Atwood's own page here
The Atwood Society here

I, Robot (Isaac Asimov)
Asimov Online here

Nightfall (Isaac Asimov & Robert Silverberg)

Iron Heel, The (Jack London)
The Iron Heel--Online
The Jack London Collection (Online) here
The Iron Heel: Synopsis and Commentary
by David H. Kessel
Leon Trotsky on The Iron Heel
"Introduction" to The Iron Heel
by H. Bruce Franklin
Book Review here

Job: A Comedy of Justice (Robert Heinlein)
Short Review here
Heinlein Page here
The Heinlein Book Bin--Reviews here

Juniper Time (Kate Wilhelm)
Kate Wilhelm - Bibliography Summary here

Lathe of Heaven, The (Ursula K. LeGuin)
Review (with ending revealed) here

Left Hand of Darkness, The (Usula K. LeGuin)
Essay by David H. Kessel here

Looking Backward (Edward Bellamy)
Looking Backward...Online here
Edward Bellamy Webpage here

Love in the Ruins (Walker Percy)
The Walker Percy Project here

Millennial Women (Virginia Kidd--Ed.)

Mind Parasites, The (Colin Wilson)
Unfavorable Review here
The Colin Wilson Page here
Colin Wilson World

Moscow 2042 (Vladimir Voinovich)

News From Nowhere (William Morris)
E-text of the Book here

1984 (George Orwell)

Essay on Book and Movie by David H. Kessel here
George Orwell Resources here
Charles' George Orwell Links here
George Orwell was Wrong

O-Zone (PaulTheroux)
Interview with Paul Theroux here

Philosopher's Stone, The (Colin Wilson)

Player Piano (Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.)
Essay by David H. Kessel here

Raising the Stones (Sheri S. Tepper)

Revolt in 2100 (Robert Heinlein)
Short Review here

Secret of the League, The (Ernest Bramah)
Ernest Bramah Bibliography here

Sleeper Awakes, The (H.G. Wells)

Time Machine, The (H.G. Wells)
Walden Two (B.F. Skinner)
Notes on Walden II here
Walden Two Fan Site here
B. F. Skinner here

We (Yevgeny Zamyatin)

Ye. I. ZAMIATIN (1884-1937)

Yevgeny Ivenovitch Zamyatin

The One State and Its Discontents

Mathematical Fiction: WE

The Importance of Mathematics in WE here

Essay by David H. Kessel here

Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang (Kate Wilhelm)

Year of the Cloud, The (Kate Wilhelm & Ted Thomas)






























The Lathe of Heaven


Avon Books, PB, 1971, 175 pp, ISBN #0-380-79185-4 Reviewed June 1997

The Lathe of Heaven starts from a simple premise: George Orr dreams, and sometimes he has "effective" dreams, dreams which affects reality. Afterwards, he knows that something changed, but reality has been altered so that to everyone else, the change is the way things have always been. Afraid to sleep, to dream, and abusing drugs to prevent this, Orr is sent to Dr. William Haber for psychiatric treatment. Haber uses a machine to hypnotize and examine Orr's dreams, and becomes caught in the changes: He finds that he, too, can perceive the changes, and decides to use Orr to improve the world. Lathe works on two levels: First, it studies the relationship between Orr and Haber, and the morality of Haber's actions. Orr is trapped: He can't leave Haber's care because the authorities would then pick him up as a drug abuser, but he hates what Haber is doing to him. Orr believes he has no right to tamper with reality, for better or for worse; it is morally abhorrent to him. But Orr is too passive - and genuinely disturbed - to actively fight Haber. (Haber remarks on this several times, dismayed that such a power was given to a man who lacks the will to use it.) Haber, for his part, keeps Orr on a tight leash, constantly reminding him of the power Haber has over him. Haber clearly has little interest in treating Orr; he wants to use and study Orr, and learn how to let his machine duplicate his power. The other approach Lathe takes is to study the use and abuse of Orr's power, especially given the haphazard control the principals have over it. Lathe takes place in the near future, in an overpopulated world. At one point Haber makes Orr dream of a world without the population problems; Orr's mind imagines that in the past a great plague wiped out much of mankind, and building and people vanish at his subconscious command, eliminated by the plague. Later, in an attempt to eliminate racial conflict, Orr's mind causes everyone in the world to become featureless gray. Most disastrously, when ordered to dream of world peace, Orr, unable to imagine a world without any violence, conjures up aliens that are being fought in near space. In all these regards, Lathe is an embodyment of the cautionary saying, "Be careful what you wish for, you might get it." Although The Lathe of Heaven is often chilling, I felt it went over-the-top at times, as with its introduction of the aliens, who seemed either heavy-handed (as antagonists) or enigmatic (when revealed more closely). I wished Le Guin had reined in Orr's imagination somewhat and taken a more subtle approach. The climax of the book, in which Haber "effects" his own mind to affect the world, features an abortive apocalypse which stretched believability for me. I felt that the world, having been through so much already, couldn't take the final blow delivered by Haber. Also, I felt that the interactions of the characters was not as deep as some might think; their personalities mainly functioned as plot devices to study the effects of Orr's power. I think if Lathe had been grounded more firmly and relied a bit more on stealth to make its points (and deliver its emotional impact), it would have been a better book. But nonetheless it's quite effective as is.



































Selected "Future" Movies and Links







Short Commentary on Genre of Movies


Future Dystopias

Science Fiction

Movies



A Clockwork Orange


Brazil


Fahrenheit451


The Handmaid's Tale


Harrison Bergeron


The Lathe of Heaven


Metropolis

Nightfall


1984


Things to Come


The Time Machine


2001: A Space Odyssey


The 2001 Internet Resource Archive


2001: A Space Odyssey in Virtual Reality


2001 and Beyond The Infinite


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