Moon is a Harsh Mistress is rightfully considered to be one of the classical examples of science fiction libertarian prose; even to an extent of being awarded a corresponding award and lending a motto TANSTAAFL (There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch) to the Libertarian Party of the USA.
The movie Omen or at least one of its numerous sequels is known, at least as hearsay, to everyone. A little boy who is the son of Satan is born into a family of a powerful American ambassador which leads to all kinds of supernatural happenings with generally bad ending. Two well-known authors, Pratchett and Gaiman, ask a question: what would happen if such a son of Satan would by accident be born into a very-very ordinary English family? Good Omens is their brilliant answer to this question.
Jeeves and Wooster series is a famous television adaptation of the eponymous cycle of novels and short stories by British humoristic writer P.G. Wodehouse. Although it is not the only screen version of this writer’s works, it exceeds by far all the others in popularity and success, while still being a humble TV series. The main reason for it, however, is not the excellent screenplay or director’s work, for it is filmed in a rather ordinary television manner, but the brilliant acting of the two leading actors: Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry.
Douglas Adams is best known for his cycle The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in five books; the rest of his works are much less famous, and for no good reason. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency first introduces Dirk Gently – a shabby-looking detective working according to the principle of interconnectedness of all things in the world. While Sherlock Holmes used to say that when the impossible is ruled out, what is left, however unlikely, is the actual truth. Dirk Gently, however, refuses to rule out the impossible, and usually turns out to be correct in his assumptions.
The genre of dystopia is a well-known thing now and one can see dozens of books of various quality written in it every year. There are, however, very few of them that can compete with the novel that practically founded the genre or, at least, created the most laws and tropes used by writers working in it even now.
It is hard to write any kind of criticism on a book so well-known and so controversially accepted as Atlas Shrugged, the magnum opus of Russian-born American writer Ayn Rand aka Alisa Rosenbaum. It, however, only makes the matter more interesting.
This novel can be called magnificent because of its size alone; being almost as long as the Bible, it is up to date one of the longest, if not the longest work of fiction written in English. The action being set in a version of alternative history of the XX century where most of the world’s nations have turned into socialist People States with the USA being the last capitalist country in the world. Read more »