The Science-Fiction Book Club …

… as a youngster in the 1950’s and early 1960’s, I was a big science fiction fan … both books and movies …

… and was a member of the Science-Fiction (yes, they hyphenated it in those days) Book Club

… which provided me with the visions of such Sci-Fi luminaries as the “Big 3” of science fiction … Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke & Robert Heinlein

Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov

Arthur C. Clarke

Arthur C. Clarke

Robert Heinlein

Robert Heinlein

Poul Anderson, Ray Bradbury, John Christopher, Theodore Sturgeon, A. E. van Vogt

… and many others …

… all of whom fired my imagination regarding outer space, space (and time) travel and interstellar adventure.


One bonus of membership in the S-F Book Club was being provided with a MOON TOUR RESERVATION card that “certified” that I was “among the first to apply for a reservation on a trip to the moon” …

… a card which (like the S-F Book Club books) I still have nearly 60 years after receiving it …

Science-Fiction Book Club Moon Tour Reservation Card

Moon Tour Reservation Card

… though it is somewhat the worse for wear after having been carried for many years in my wallet!


One other result of this early exposure to science fiction is my firm belief that we are not alone …

… and that there is other intelligent life somewhere in the universe …


… if only we could find it.


Which, in turn, resulted in my advising my wife and kids that if I ever just disappeared …

… it was because intelligent aliens had arrived and I had gone with them in their spaceship for travel to some distance planet!


I am also convinced that the day will come when, assuming we don’t exterminate ourselves first, humans will build their own interstellar spaceships …

… and will travel to distant stars and planets …

… what an adventure that will be …

… though sadly I will not live to see it.


This rumination was motivated today by a post on Facebook by my West Point classmate and friend Rich Estes

… about the Hubble Telescope

The Hubble Telescope

The Hubble Telescope

… and its 1996 study of what is called “the ultra deep field” …

The Hubble Ultra Deep Field in 3D

… and about which Rich commented, “Watch this then try to calculate the probability that we’re the only life, intelligent or otherwise, in the entire Universe.”


I don’t even know how to begin making such a calculation …

… but remain confident that the day will come when humans make contact with or are contacted by intelligent beings …

… from another planet.


The Science Fiction (no longer hyphenated) Book Club, by the way, is still around …

Science Fiction Book Club

Science Fiction Book Club

… and has its own Facebook page …

The Science Fiction Book Club on Facebook

The Science Fiction Book Club on Facebook


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