There are three new E-books in the E-book Library and we'd like to call your attention to them: The wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. If you've lived this long without ever reading it, here's your chance. Tales from Marta's Notebook by Paul Holler. One of Paul's stories appeared in SCR 15. This E-book comprises four short stories which we are sure you will like. Circles is a collection of poems by Frank Thomas Smith.
Poetry, by the way, is making a comeback in SCR, with two poems by Nick Herbert and one by Leon Felipe, a popular Spanish poet. Nick is a well know physicist who somehow also became a poet - or was it the other way around? He likes to shock. There is also an article in the Science section by Nick Herbert about holistic quantum phyics. If you want a clear expalanation of quantum physics in layman's terms, don't miss it. Also under Science in the Table of Contents you will find an article by Valdemar Setzer concerning the impact of computers on society. Valdemar is a professor of computer Science at Sao Paulo University, Brazil, so he knows what he's talking about.
Emerson's essay on the responsibilities of writers, with Goethe as an example, is a most rewarding read. C. G. Jung's reflections on the nature of love, excerpted from one of his books, besides being profound, is a beautiful piece of prose.
Those readers who may not know who Rudolf Steiner is will find, under "Anthroposophy", a charming "Introduction" by Owen Barfield, the renowned English writer and anthroposophist. Those who do know who R.S. is, will, I'm sure, find it interesting as well. Also in this rubric is an article by Bruce Kirchoff on the relation of Buddhism to Anthroposophy and how certain aspects of the former may help those who adhere to the latter.
A central question that has been occupying the neurons of scientists and philosophers for many moons has been: what thinks - the brain or the person? Bobby Matherne's review of Rudolf Steiner's lectures on the subject give a spiritual scientific answer to this puzzle.
The item under the new category "serialized fiction" is, unashamedly, a whodunnit. Not even the author, me, knows the answer yet. But fear not, justice will be done. In the "short fiction" category Gaither Stewart imagines an encounter of a believer and a sceptic with mysterious crop circles. There is also a story of mine which, when it originally appeared in the Barcelona Review a couple of years ago, had the editors rolling on the floor laughing. Strange, I thought, when it was meant to be quite serious.
Slyly tucked away at the bottom of the Table of Contents is a link to "support" SCR. Even if you have no intention of supporting anyone, especially not you mother-in-law or ex-spouse, let alone SCR, it may be fun to click on the link anyway, and certainly less painful.
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