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Ralph 124C 41+ Paperback – 30 December 2020
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- Publisher : E-Artnow (30 December 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 88 pages
- ISBN-10 : 8027309700
- ISBN-13 : 978-8027309702
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 0.51 x 22.86 cm
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If the concepts wanders away from you, the book reminds you of it several times in its numerous prefaces and forewords. One of them even goes so far as to claim it is in fact the first science fiction story, throwing a bit of shade at the likes of HG Wells and Jules Verne....and by name! No mere subtle allusions.
It is entirely appropriate that the idea of this being a grand daddy of Science Fiction is emphasized though because it is truly the only reason to give this book a look through.
The story has a handful of interesting scenes where Ralph lives out every man's dream: saving his crush from danger using science! Most of the time though, Ralph is explaining to his lady friend the workings of the science fiction of the year 2660 and through that the reader learns about it.
You will use all your nerd and geek trivia knowledge to spot long since dismissed scientific concepts, like the existence of 'ether,' or spot concepts that are very much in existence now. Much has been made about night baseball games being described in this book but the things that really put a smile on my face were things I interpreted as a description of more modern phenomena like memes, drones, hover boards (in the contemporary sense, not the Back to the Future type), and the idea of vacations where the whole point is to disconnect from news and media by turning off your phone reception, more or less.
The biggest eyebrow raiser is a scene that is eerily similar to a scene in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith involving a show where there is a zero gravity water ball with people swimming in it. If George Lucas didn't take that idea directly from this book, I would be amazed by such a tremendous coincidence.
Unfortunately, this geek trivia hunt isn't always consistently fun. At times the story and writing is just incredibly tedious and I feel like I'm listening to Grandpa Simpson from 'The Simpsons' talk about the onion on his belt.
This is a book where the novelty of it is far more interesting than the content. You'll read it to say you read it rather than any deep take away...and as long as you understand that, it is an enjoyable enough read.
Ralph is in love with Alice and no other person, or event can distract him from that love.
However Alice has two other suitors who are just as enamoured of her namely: Fernand another inventor and Llysanorh, the Martian.
After saving Alice’s life it was only natural that Alice and her father should visit Ralph to thank him in person.
From that point on Ralph has to match his wits and intelligence to fend of both Fernand and Llysanorh.
What is compelling about this story is that the Author has hit so many home runs in forecasting future technology.
What is also interesting is that the book not only serves as entertainment, but education as well. Much like science fiction authors from the late 19th century the author seems to relish his descriptions of the details of his vivid imagination. This is something not present in current Science Fiction.
A recommended look at one of the best science fiction stories from the 1910’s and a defiante volume to have in your library