“The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of ‘liberalism’ they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.”

Socialist Party presidential candidate Norman Thomas

Friday, June 20, 2014

Book Review

I just finished "Eifelheim" by Michael Flynn. It's about a ship of aliens who crash land near a small village in Germany in the late 14th Century, during the Plague, and befriend a priest who lives there. 700 years later, a European historian and his physicist girlfriend discover in the priest's archived diaries, evidence of the aliens and a possible diagram for how they travel in time. The story jumps back and forth from then to now, but it's really about the friendship between the priest and one of the aliens and how they debate basic philosophical and theological questions that would naturally arise from a meeting like this. Flynn brilliantly captures the perspectives of future technology by a 14th Century priest and the communication of advanced beings with relatively primitive humans.

If you're looking for an interesting read this summer, grab this and give it a try.

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