Thanks for the shout-out! Yes, Annalee has it exactly right. We don't want eBay to kick our project off its servers because we're making "false claims" about the objects for sale. Naturally we'd rather not have the disclaimer there, because — for those who get that they're being hoaxed, and enjoy being hoaxed — the… Read more
@Dimbo_Sama: Purple Cloud is way better than most of the books on the list, you're right. But because I've written about it an earlier post for this series, as I mention, I decided to leave it off. (Last and First Men, Poison Belt, others — same deal.)
@The Curse of Millhaven: My writeup of "The Evacuation of England" doesn't do justice to Gratacap's chapter(s)-long discussion of the geological reasons that might cause a large part of Central America to sink beneath the waves.
When the Tripods Came — agreed, this is nowhere near as good as Christopher's terrific trilogy. However, worth reading for the description of the Trippy Show... which sounds exactly, and I mean exactly, like the very real kiddie show ">Boohbah, a 2003-05 kiddie show (by the creator of Teletubbies) that aired in… Read more
@crotchetyoldfan: Are you referring to the Hypnobioscope that allows people to read newspaper in their sleep? I don't think Ralph invented that one — though did he invent a telepathy-like technology that I'm forgetting? Please inform! Either way, I suppose the book should be included on my long list. (The Top Ten… Read more
@tetracycloide: There's a lot of gray area between occult novels featuring telepathic powers and SF ones... but the SF ones do attempt to offer some kind of scientific (sounding) explanation. Usually the idea is that these powers are already latent in our brains, but we're not sufficiently evolved/advanced (yet) to… Read more