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R.I.P. John Christopher, the Man Who Filled Our Young Minds With…

Samuel Youd, who died yesterday at age 89, was better known under the name John Christopher, one of several pseudonyms. And under that name, he was best known for creating the fearsome Tripods, alien invaders who enslave the human race with the mind-controlling "cap." Christopher's Tripod trilogy is a wonderful… » 2/07/12 10:45am 2/07/12 10:45am

I Love It When A Plan Totally Doesn't Come Together

Click to viewIt happens to the best dashing science fiction hero: You come up with a preternaturally clever plan to stop the bad guys, involving a totally cunning bit of MacGyvering or hustle... and it totally fails. Your super-gadget blows up. Or your allies flake. The bad guys turn out not to be total idiots. Or all… » 7/15/08 6:23pm 7/15/08 6:23pm