Abomination by E.E. Borton

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Borton’s book, Abomination was fun to read.  The story is about a group of Marines that volunteered to participate in gene therapy experiments.  The goal was to create warriors with enhanced strength, eyesight, and hearing.

Unfortunately, something went wrong in the lab and the Marines experienced physical changes that left them with an extreme desire to consume blood.

The scientific explanations didn’t make much sense, but it fit well within the story line.  The characters were interesting and well developed.  Also, there were numiouers twists within the story that kept me interested.

Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum

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This is a futuristic story about robots that were designed to fight our wars.  Unfortunately, they become self-aware and turn on humanity.

Twenty years later, the robots have created cities that they control.  Humans are forced to work for the robots in exchange for a guarantee of peace and prosperity.  Eventually, a group of “Freemen” decide to put an end to the robot domination and expose their lies to the rest of the humans.

The author writes with a descriptive style.  In the beginning, it seemed a bit cumbersome to get through the descriptions.  After a while, the story really picks up and the character dialog increases.  It’s an interesting story and I enjoyed reading it.

Apocalyptic Stories

I enjoy books and movies with apocalyptic themes.  The cause may vary from zombies, to alien invasion, to a plague, or even a nuclear war; however, the stories tend to share certain characteristics.

The characters are ordinary people accomplishing great things in order to survive.  They display courage and determination in the face of dire circumstances.  They overcome great odds and attempt to build a better world.

That’s why I love apocalyptic stories.

The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury

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Ray Bradbury’s book The Illustrated Man was published in 1951, and it is considered a classic.

The book is about a man whose body is covered in magical tattoos.  The tattoos move and  play out stores of various people living in the future.

Each chapter of the book contains a science-fiction story, in which technology has a massive impact on human behavior.  The characters for each story relatable, even if you end up hating them.

The stories often have surprise endings that may leave you feeling baffled or dejected.  Despite the dismal endings and the pessimistic feelings aroused by the stories, I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book.

The Thing from Another World (1951)

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For the next six weeks, the Huntsville Library is showing classic science-fiction movies from the 1950’s.  This week we watched The Thing from Another World, which hit the big screen in 1951.

The movie is about a flying saucer that landed near an Arctic research station.  The pilot of the spacecraft was a plant based advanced life form.

The lead scientist at the research station, Dr. Arthur Carrington, wanted to befriend the alien creature.  He hoped to establish a mutually beneficial relationship.  He believed this would lead to huge advancements in science.

Unfortunately, the alien rebuffed Dr. Carrington and killed him.  In the movie, the scientist appeared stupid and naive.

Caption Patrick Hendry was the leading Air Force officer at the research station.  He believed the alien should be killed in order to protect mankind from the possibility of being destroyed by a powerful race of extraterrestrial creatures.

Caption Hendry and his fellow soldiers fought bravely and used electricity to kill the alien.  Caption Hendry was the hero of the movie.

In the early 1950’s, America was facing a growing communist threat.  There was a lot of fear concerning the Soviet Union and many believed America might be invaded by communist.

There were a lot debates on how to deal with this threat.  Should Americans use diplomacy and find a peaceful solution?  Should Americans use military might to stop the spread of communism?

This film used science-fiction to entertain and address culturally significant issues.  The movie is listed and persevered in the National Film Registry, because of it’s cultural significance.

I enjoyed watching the movie.  The plot was clear and concise.  The characters were well developed and often engaged in witty dialogue.  It is worth watching, especially when you know the historical and cultural significance of the film.