In 1990, after the fall of the Berlin wall and the end of the communist regimes in Eastern Europe, I was able to travel and soon moved to Salzburg Austria, working for a high tech firm.
Douglas Adams, or when science fiction meets British humour:
Long time ago, in a far, far away place in the galaxy, a group of hyper-intelligent pan-dimensional beings decide to build the most powerful supercomputer, that can answer any question.
It took me two attempts to read this The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin. The first time it was among some Asimov titles. Asimov’s accessible style made Ursula’s elaborate writing quite a challenge, and I could not go past the few chapters.
After the robot stories and the reference ‘foundation’ series, I decided to also take a look at other Asimov titles, usually mentioned in ‘Best of Asimov’ lists.
During the last months I embarked on an amazing journey: to read, one by one, all Asimov‘s books part of the Robot, Empire and Foundation series.
On February 14th, 1989, the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Supreme Leader of Iran, issued a fatwā calling for Salman Rushdie‘s death, after conservative Muslims accused him of blasphemy and mocking their faith. Continue reading Book: Salman Rushdie – The Satanic Verses