The Ambulance Made Two Trips by Murray Leinster

“The Ambulance Made Two Trips” is a 1960 science fiction short story by Murray Leinster. It is about a detective who discovers a man with unbelievably good luck.

New Psi-tech
Ugh, technology moves so fast now-a-days. Don’t get me wrong, I am all for new tech and gadgets, but it sometimes seems like new stuff comes out too fast – you know, before the last version has really had a chance to get going. I do find this fascinating, though. In fact, I am currently working on my Masters thesis which is about why some people might adopt new technology before others. Is there some benefit to being an early adopter? It can be hard to tell. But the guy in this story has definitely found a benefit to being an early adopter, that’s for sure! And, it is refreshing to see a new, science-fictiony, technology that I haven’t seen before too. Read More

Pay for the Printer by Philip K. Dick

Pay for the Printer is a post-apocalyptic short science fiction story written by Philip K. Dick, concerning the coming of benevolent aliens to the aid of humanity, with tragic results.

Non-Spoiler summary:

World War III. World is in ashes. Mankind is doomed. Or is it? There are still caddies roaming the ruins of the interstate, perfectly good suburban houses, working lawnmowers. People have somehow managed to keep all their cool stuff, to live a peaceful, fully content existence among the ashes.

Who could have possibly saved all this? How could mankind still hold on to that sort of luxury?

And why are all those awesome trinkets randomly collapsing into ash? Read More

Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino

This is a guest post by Kristie Lewis.

Today I’d like to introduce you to an esoteric but delightful linked collection of short stories, Italo Calvino’s Cosmicomics. In the early 1960s, Calvino began playing with celestial bodies, microbes, and prehistoric creatures as characters, and published these short fables or “cosmicomics” in magazines like Playboy before collecting them as Cosmicomics (1965; English edition 1968). This moment in time, just before a decade of massive and terrifying upheaval, was perhaps the high-water mark of secularism, in America at least. Many people were looking for ways to take the truth that science was rapidly uncovering about the universe, and make it congeal as a compelling, coherent narrative. Read More