Bob Shaw, born Robert Shaw, (31 December 1931 – 12 February 1996) was a science fiction author and fan from Northern Ireland. He was noted for his originality and...
As we watched, it became obvious that events were unfolding before us with fantastic speed. Each cloud visibly shrank, withdrawing into the distance. It also...
Portrait of a fungus
The freedom of space and time, the power of cosmical exploration and of influence by means of telepathic contact, was at once the most potent and the most...
Rationality begins to manifest itself
The only consistent and worthy method which philosophical investigation can adopt, is to take up History - where Rationality begins to manifest itself in...
What is present and living in their environment, is their proper material. The influences that have formed the writer are identical with those which have...
I sang snatches of well-known songs
He wound me up and I began singing; but everything went wrong. I sang snatches of well-known songs, cadences, trills, arpeggios, all _pêle- mêle_, until my...
The second great innovation of the race was due to genetic research. The arachnoids, who had to remain capable of active life on dry land and on a massive planet,...
Concreteness and glamour
Each one of us had lived his individual active life in one or other of the many worlds. And for each one, individually, his own little blundering career in his...
Manifold variety of phases
Here a very important consideration will be the principles to which the author refers, the bearing and motives of the actions and events which he describes, and...
Traverse long periods of time
A history which aspires to traverse long periods of time, or to be universal, must indeed forego the attempt to give individual representations of the past as...
A great discovery in history
Nations may have passed a long life before arriving at this their destination, and during this period, they may have attained considerable culture in some...
Complex pattern of the whole
We supposed at first that the mental unity of these little avians was telepathic, but in fact it was not. It was based on the unity of a complex...
But the destinies of peoples and states, their interests, relations, and the complicated issue of their affairs, present quite another field. Rulers, Statesmen,...
Each period is involved in such peculiar circumstances, exhibits a condition of things so strictly idiosyncratic, that its conduct must be regulated by...
Obsessions derived from one stage or another of the progress toward Utopia and lucid consciousness, even if they did not bring violent disaster, might at any...
A Belousov–Zhabotinsky reaction, or BZ reaction, is one of a class of reactions that serve as a classical example of non-equilibrium thermodynamics, resulting in...
Many of them I met in head-on collision, but they made no impression on me. One huge irregular bulk of rock, the size of a house, thoroughly terrified me....
Complex electromagnetic field
We supposed at first that the mental unity of these little avians was telepathic, but in fact it was not. It was based on the unity of a complex electromagnetic...
Different worlds found different solutions for this problem. Some races assigned to the individual a period no longer than three hundred of our years. Others...
Communal mind of the explorers
The events that I have been describing took place, or from the human point of view will take place, at a date as far future to us as we are from the...
Twee Druppels Bloed
Every writer of history proposes to himself an original method. The English and French confess to general principles of historical composition. Their standpoint is...
Legends, Ballad-stories, Traditions must be excluded from such original history. These are but dim and hazy forms of historical apprehension, and therefore...
Overhead obscurity was gone. From horizon to horizon the sky was an unbroken spread of stars. Two planets stared, unwinking. The more obtrusive of the...
Consciousness of Self is not Knowledge of Self
In Kant's own work, he then put the idea of transcendental designation to work to explain how one can appear to oneself to be substantial, simple and persisting...
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Instruments of civilization
The mobile plant men themselves were to be seen by day clustered in the valleys, their foliage spread to the sun. Only by night did we observe them in action,...
In the same way he gives us descriptions of battles, as if he bad been an actual spectator; but whose features would serve well enough for battles in any...
The spirit of the writer is quite other than that of the times of which he treats. Thus Livy puts into the mouths of the old Roman kings, consuls, and generals,...
The two domes of the sky were fused into one hollow sphere, star-peopled, black, even beside the blinding sun. The young moon was a curve of incandescent wire....
Word Trade Center
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As with much of Lynch's other work (notably Blue Velvet), Twin Peaks explores the gulf between the veneer of small-town respectability and the seedier layers of...
Long Before the Earth
Then I remembered that, had my vision depended on physical light, and not on the light of imagination, the rays coming thus to me "round" the cosmos would have...
Los Angeles was founded on September 4, 1781, by Spanish governor Felipe de Neve. It became a part of Mexico in 1821 following the Mexican War of Independence....