| Oct 30, 2011
Born more than 2,000 years ago, the Roman poet Lucretius really belongs to our day.
Well, when you look closely at his great work, "On the Nature of Things" (W.W. Norton: 177 pp., $15.95 paper), you find him writing about a world that sounds...
| Nov 27, 2011
In Other Worlds
SF and the Human Imagination
Nan A. Talese/Doubleday: 259 pp., $24.95
Great fiction writers are usually better at showing than at telling. Sometimes, though, the job of explaining their creative choices is thrust on...
| May 18, 2008
"WHAT is it?"
So begins, with delicious confusion, the first chapter of "The Great Romance" (Bison Books/University of Nebraska: 170 pp., $17.95), as the narrator emerges from a centuries-long slumber into a weird, telepathically perfected world. The...