Ambrose Bierce – Moxon’s Master (Immediate Reflection)

Ambrose Bierce's "Moxon's Master" is a classic short story of robotic intrigue, exploring the idea of the automaton and autonomy. The prose is passable, though dry, and the plot is much the same. It has not aged well. 3/5

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Wizard’s Soul (Love’s War) – Immediate Reflections

This is a sports manga with a fictional MTG x YGO card game as its backdrop. The drama is well-executed, and the card game aspect is likely to be especially enticing to players of MTG. It does not go on longer than it needs to - roughly 3 volumes, 22 chapters - and its single … Continue reading Wizard’s Soul (Love’s War) – Immediate Reflections

Huddling Place by Clifford D. Simak – Immediate Reflections

Though not bad, the prose of this work is somewhat distant and meandering. The early half of the story is quite slow, ostensibly to establish a certain tone - which it does well, but overdoes. Nonetheless, it has a bit of a punch and a very, very prescient vision of human life. It is a … Continue reading Huddling Place by Clifford D. Simak – Immediate Reflections

Seed Stock by Frank Herbert – Immediate Reflections

Frank Herbert's prose is second to none. The way he narrates the story from the still and deep perspective of the ocean-peasant, the subtle yet profound twists of language - he avoids ostentation in such a way as to become gilded by its absence. What I mean to say is, his voice is singular and … Continue reading Seed Stock by Frank Herbert – Immediate Reflections

Mars is Heaven by Ray Bradbury – Immediate Reflections

Though short, Bradbury's Mars is Heaven is powerful. The title frames the story in an excellent way; in a few short pages, he had me in bittersweet tears. I love my parents. And the ending! It was totally unexpected, but well executed (so to speak). Incredible. It's so short. But you have to read it. Revised … Continue reading Mars is Heaven by Ray Bradbury – Immediate Reflections

Martian Odyssey by Stanley Weinbaum – Immediate Reflections

The prose of this story was adequate - the story was told through a secondhand conversation. The character's spoke believably and consistently, despite the mangled French and German accents and idioms sprinkled throughout the conversational early 20th century English. Weinbaum's imaginings were obviously intended to be comic. Still, his vision of a silicon-based lifeform titillated … Continue reading Martian Odyssey by Stanley Weinbaum – Immediate Reflections