On My Shelves: Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

  Many years ago – something like 40, I think – my family was visiting the house of couple of my parents' friends. As I've mentioned in other contexts, I was not the most sociable kid; I'd learned to survive very nicely in isolation, but not how to deal with people as such, so "visiting friends" that weren't my friends (I had two) was, for me, very tense and unpleasant. My best defense was to hide somewhere behind a book, but often I couldn't bring a book, or I finished the one I had long before it was time to go home, which meant I had [ Continue reading... ]

On My Shelves: ROM, Spaceknight

       Once upon a time, Parker Brothers – best known for producing some of the most classic board and table games in history (Monopoly, Risk, Trivial Pursuit, etc.), decided it was time to branch out into the heady world of action figures; taking a cue from the recent surge of popularity in SF and fantasy (this was in 1979-1980), they decided to blend both and create a space-travelling knight in modern armor – a cyborg-robot kind of thing which they called COBOL, after the programming language; after some debate, the name was revised to [ Continue reading... ]