Seventeen short stories are featured in Thomas Wm. Hamilton’s latest book Weird Thoughts. Spanning the years 1912 to fifty million years in the future, the book’s genres cover science fiction, fantasy, and satire.
The stories are followed by seven essays in the field of astronomy, including issues that can be easily misunderstood by the general public. The author was previously an astronomy professor who worked three years on the Apollo Project, determining orbital characteristics, fuel usage, and radar accuracy requirements for space travel. This experience is described in one of the astronomy essays in the book.
Three stories set in the far future describe wars taking place among highly evolved animals, including intelligent monkeys, raccoons, dogs, cats, and dolphins.
One tale describes an alternate world in which a murder victim gains justice in a time travel adventure. The U.S. presidency is at stake!
In other stories, teenagers discover the importance of Spell Check while doing magic, and then there’s the tale about Halley’s Comet.
About the Author: Thomas Wm. Hamilton of Staten Island, New York, has written twelve books, including books on astronomy, science fiction novels, and an anthology of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and satire. After working on the Apollo Project, the author taught college astronomy for 33 years at three colleges, while running planetariums and training students to enter the planetarium field. After retiring in 2003, he has been writing ever since.
Publisher’s website: http://sbpra.com/ThomasWmHamilton/
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Weird Thoughts: The thing that strikes me most about this book is the author's obvious extensive knowledge of real science and his love for fictional science.He blends the two masterfully and creates scenarios that i have not often found in the genre. The fact that it is an anthology makes it even more interesting and accessible to the reader because in the 130 pages there are many stories, something for everyone. I plan to buy a copy for my nephew who has always loved science fiction and has recently shown interest in Astronomy. I can't see any reason (not) to give this book 5 stars. I will be following this author's work. I understand he has many others both science fiction and fact. I love that the author worked for NASA's Apollo project because it helps me to connect more strongly with the ideas he presents in this book.