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E. B. White – Writings from The New Yorker 1927-1976 (1959)

Being the friend of writers, artists, and scientists has its tense moments, but on the whole it has been a good life, and I have no regrets. I think probably it’s more fun being a friend of writers and artists in America than in the Soviet Union, because you don’t know in advance what they’re up to. It’s such fun wondering what they’re going to say next.

“Khrushchev and I”

Fiction, Satire, Science Fiction

Voltaire: “Micromégas”

1752

“A short story written in the 18th century by the French philosopher and satirist Voltaire. It is a significant development in the history of literature because it originates ideas which helped create the genre of science fiction.”

(see @ wikipedia)
Fantasy, Fiction, Satire

Pratchett, Terry: Wyrd Sisters

1988

A Shakespeare-ish mashup wherein Granny learns that drama is all pretend; Nanny is not impressed; Magrat and a Fool flirt awkwardly; and though destiny must be fulfilled, it’s not so particular that it can’t be tricked a little.

(see @ wikipedia)
Fantasy, Fiction, Satire

Pratchett, Terry: Sourcery

1988

Fifth novel of Discworld, concerning wizards, would-be barbarians, Rincewind (Wizzard), and (of course) a multi-pedal piece of sapient luggage. Wouldn’t be a Rincewind storyline without the fearsome sound of lots of tiny feet.

(see @ wikipedia)
Fantasy, Fiction, Satire

Pratchett, Terry: Small Gods

1992

“The thirteenth of Terry Pratchett’s popular Discworld novels, published in 1992. It tells the origin of the god Om, and his relations with his prophet, the reformer Brutha. In the process, it satirises religious institutions, people, and practices, and the role of religion in political life.”

(see @ wikipedia)