By Ron Fritze
Most people have read something by Jules Verne whether it be Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea or Around the World in Eighty Days. A lot of his novels have been made into movies, some more than once. Verne was an early contributor to the genre of science fiction when it was first blooming. He wrote during the late nineteenth century and shared its faith that Western Civilization had entered into a permanent age of progress. His fiction predicted various technological innovations such as the submarine (Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea and Mysterious Island), the helicopter (Robur the Conqueror alt. title The Clipper of the Clouds), or a combination, submarine/airplane/automobile (The Master of the World). Little remarked upon is that Verne also envisioned the recreational vehicle.
By Guy McClure
This may or may not have actually happened, but it happened in my head and it is happening on the paper on which I’m writing so that’s good enough for me. The following is a story about fear, trust and an unspoken friendship that I have encountered along a wooded path. It begins with a first step and I’d like to take you with me. Believe it if you need to.
By Ron Fritze
Lucie Duff Gordon: A Passage to Egypt by Katherine Frank is the next book on the literary itinerary of the day-time book discussion group. Who is Lucie Duff Gordon, you ask? In a nutshell, she was a woman author and translator who lived (1821-1869) during the first half of the Victorian era in London. I am sure most people have never heard of her. Certainly I hadn’t until I started doing research on Victorian travelers in Egypt. But once I started reading about her life, I found out what a truly fascinating person she was, as was her family.