Author Archives: Mike Ridley

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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No Woman Born

C.L. Moore was unfamiliar to me as science fiction writer. But her 1944 short story “No Woman Born”, published in Astounding Science Fiction, is well worth finding. This post is part of an ongoing series about science fiction and post-literacy. … Continue reading

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Radio as Pedagogy: The Book Minute

The dramatic rise in popularity of podcasts has demonstrated that radio wasn’t dead, it was just sleeping. Listening to radio as a learning resource is one thing, but what about making radio as a pedagogical tool? I’ve been using radio … Continue reading

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Frankenstein

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (revised edition 1831) is a classic often little read and widely misunderstood because of Hollywood’s corruption of the story. If you’ve only seen the movies, read the book and prepare to be (wonderfully) surprised. This post is … Continue reading

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The Demise of CLA

Today the members of the Canadian Library Association (CLA) voted overwhelmingly to disband the organization. I’m a member of the Executive Committee of CLA that moved the motion to do this. In many ways it’s a sad day. CLA has been … Continue reading

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