Science Fiction in America, 1870’s-1930’s: An Annotated Bibliography of Primary Sources by Thomas D. Clareson; Greenwood Press; Westport, CT. Although the first entry is Flatland and the final is Zamitan’s We, the second and the penultimate are more telling: number two, The Man With the Broken Ear, includes a character who believes that “humans are watches”; number 837, A Manless World, tells of an impotent man’s nightmare



The Third Day by Arnold Lunn; Roman Catholic Books; Harrison, NY. In defense of Miracles writ large.


Regancomics edited by Carew Papritz and Russ Tremayne; Khyber Press; Seattle, WA. The foreword to this collection of political cartoons is by Morely Safer and the introduction is from Ralph Nader. Who says there’s bias in the press?


How to Fire an Employee by Daniel T. Kingsley; Facts on File Publications; New York. The whisper of the axe.


Coin of the Realm: An Introduction to Numisatics by James E. Spaulding; Nelson-Hall; Chicago. “Some coin dates are fictitious, that is, they do not represent the true date of issue” [what else?]. Dubious value.


To Provide Safe Passage: The Humanistic Aspect of Medicine edited by David Rabin and Pauline R. Rabin; Philosophical Library; New York. “Most physicians have lost the pearl that was once an intimate part of medicine, and that is humanism.” The contributions to this volume, mostly doctors and medical professors, suggest ways to recover this gem.


The Final Word! An American Refutes the Sayings of Ayatollah Khomeini by James Lee; Philosophical Library; New York. Since when has insanity required refutation?


Women of Wisdom by Tsultrim Allione; Routledge & Kegan Paul; London. The author, a former Buddhist nun, is busy turning religion into feminist cant. Even Zen meditation can’t quiet some nonsense.