Author Archives: Mike Ridley

Neuromancer

It seems this blog and my exploration of SF have gone off the rails a bit. Trying harder in 2017. Back to the SF project….. Neuromancer (William Gibson, 1984) begins with arguably the most famous opening sentence in SF: The … Continue reading

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Being Editor-in-Chief

For the past two years I’ve been the Editor-in-Chief of Open Shelf, the e-magazine of the Ontario Library Association (OLA). I’ve decided it’s time to step down. Previously I was the Editor of Access, OLA’s print quarterly. However, starting and … Continue reading

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The Pedagogy of Audio: Making Radio with Undergraduates

Last Friday I presented a workshop at the annual conference of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) on how I use radio (broadcast and podcast) in my undergraduate teaching. It was a blast; largely because I … Continue reading

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SF Writing

I think Buzz Lightyear captured the issue: Beyond infinity; that’s the issue. A funny, sarcastic line that is suggestive that some, maybe a lot, of science fiction writing ….. sucks. I’ve embarked on this little project to read SF looking for … Continue reading

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Stranger in a Strange Land

On my copy of Robert A. Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land (Ace Book, 1987) the cover boldly announces the book as “The Most Famous Science Fiction Novel Ever Written.” OK, but what does it have to tell us about … Continue reading

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Solaris

Stanislaw Lem’s Solaris was originally published in 1961 in Polish. Apparently the English translations have been poor until Bill Johnston issued his e-book only version in 2013. Solaris is part of the “alien contact” theme that is prominent in science … Continue reading

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A Canticle for Leibowitz

Walter M. Miller Jr.’s A Canticle for Leibowitz (1959) is a novel of its time; locked, sadly, in its time. Written during the developing Cold War when nuclear annihilation through mutual destruction seemed close to inevitable, this is a book … Continue reading

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PhD

I just posted this on Twitter: Another adventure begins. I’ve been accepted into the @westernuFIMS LIS PhD program. Beyond Literacy, the sequel! pic.twitter.com/C3iaJBmjcc — Mike Ridley (@mridley) March 9, 2016 If you know me, you are probably saying to yourself: “He’s … Continue reading

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Girl in Wave : Wave in Girl

“Girl in Wave : Wave in Girl” is a short story by Kathleen Ann Goonan published in the  intriguing collection Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future (2014). The main focus of the story is about the importance of … Continue reading

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Childhood’s End

Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End (1954) is a classic of science fiction. As is all too often the case with the genre, that doesn’t make it a classic of fiction. Literary merit aside, Childhood’s End has some fascinating and instructive … Continue reading

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