Archive for September, 2010

Lammas Night” by Katherine Kurtz

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History: I’ve known about Katherine Kurtz as an author since my college days: not only was I attracted to her writing for her “Deryni” novels, but also to her own backstory. Before she turned to professional writing, she was a member of the early Society for Creative Anachronism, eventually becoming its first Seneschal (the equivalent of being the national chairman of the organization) as well as being awarded the title of Duchess (meaning that she had been Queen of the Kingdom of the West twice.) She also published a fanzine called “Deryni Archives: The Magazine” which contained a wealth of supplementary information and stories that helped affirm my fascination for the Deryni.

Since then, she has developed into a popular and prolific fantasy writer, known primarily for her “Deryni” novels and her contemporary fantasy “Adept” series in collaboration with Deborah Turner Harris. She edited a collection of Deryni stories and other short story collections, also wrote numerous short stories and stand-alone novels, one of which is “Lammas Night”.

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The God Machine” by Martin Caidin

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History: When I was in junior high school, I worked as a volunteer in the library, because I was an avid reader and loved the access to books this position gave me. I was also becoming a fan of science fiction, transitioning from my earlier love of mysteries. And, most importantly, even in my early teens I had a deep interest in the subject of hypnosis, so I was hunting for books on the subject: I was already reading the books on hypnosis I could find in the local library, primarily the Melvin Powers books but a few similar ones. I used the local library because, as might be expected, books on hypnosis were not to be found in the school library.

However, I was mistaken, at least in thinking hypnosis-related books were only to be found in the non-fiction section: one of the SF novels I discovered there in the school library was “The God Machine” (1968) by Martin Caidin. Caidin is best remembered for one novel, which not only became a television series (which in turn spawned a spin-off series) but it was one of the few programs to immortalize a sound effect in the public consciousness. That novel, “Cyborg”, became the TV program “The Six Million Dollar Man”. However, Caidin was a very prolific author, with over 50 novels to his credit, including “Marooned” which became the basis for the movie of the same name, as well as being an avid aviator, airplane restorer and non-fiction author.

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