Category Archives: science fiction

Looking To The Fringe

Someone suggested I check out the science fiction tv series Fringe.Over the past few months, my wife and I have been working our way through five seasons of episodes. We’re almost at the end, and perhaps it’s time to offer … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: V-S Day

When I was a kid, I didn’t think the space program was going fast enough, so I invented my own. Crewed missions, observatories, planetary exploration–most everything I thought was missing. Because of all that, I feel quite sympathetic to an … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Old Man’s War

My readers here may be surprised with this dip into military science fiction. John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War is neither a walk in the park nor a mindless kowtow to the gods of war. It’s a well-regarded book, especially by fans, nearly … Continue reading

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Imitating Women In Inappropriate Relationships

Is this just a coincidence, or a sign of the low imagination levels of tv writers when it comes to scripting women … One of my wife’s favorite programs, NCIS, kicked off with a Secret Service agent having an affair. … Continue reading

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Kindling the Greatship

I was surprised to find a published collection of Robert Reed’s older Greatship stories. I’ve blogged about this fine author before: his decent novels and his superior shorter fiction, like here. I saw the Kindle edition greatly discounted, so I … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Quiet War and Gardens of the Sun

A few years ago I read Paul McAuley’s The Quiet War and enjoyed it. I didn’t realize that a sequel had come out. A few of them, actually. The immediate follow-up is Gardens of the Sun, which I read earlier … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: On The Razor’s Edge

The first two-thirds of this novel plods along. I didn’t mind because the series started out great and moved along so well. Then, suddenly, pow! A couple of betrayals, and things start really moving fast. Literary whiplash it was, and … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Fractal Prince

Hannu Rajaniemi’s second novel, The Fractal Prince, was an enjoyable a read as his first novel, which I finished up last month. Like that first book, the author disdains giving you those helpings of information that assist you in knowing … Continue reading

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How Does Science Fiction Age?

The week before last, I found Isaac Asimov’s fourth Foundation novel in the university’s library. A good find, as Foundation’s Edge is missing from the public library. One can read the Foundation stories (the five short stories and four novellas … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Quantum Thief

Hannu Rajaniemi’s 2010 debut novel is not conventional science fiction. He drops the reader into a strange future and he gives only sparing directions on what’s going on. Well, not quite. In the first two chapters, a Weird Idea is … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Neptune’s Brood

The last two sf novels I read were from Scottish authors. This seems to be a pattern. This one was too. Well, Leeds in origin, but Scotland now in residency. There’s a sub-genre of military science fiction that draws and … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Night Sessions

The premise behind Ken MacLeod’s award-winning (British Science Fiction Award for Best 2008 Novel) science fiction/mystery is twofold. First, robots have self-awareness and maybe souls. The prologue cites their possible interest in religion and returns to it by the end of … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Hydrogen Sonata

The latest Culture novel from Iain Banks, The Hydrogen Sonata will also be his last. The author died of cancer last Sunday. So I tried to be a trooper with his last sf novel. But it was difficult. Mr Banks wrote … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Derivations

The family, some friends, and I saw Star Trek: Into Darkness yesterday. I was a skeptic before I saw the reboot, and I was a skeptic heading into this film. Readers can go elsewhere for full-up reviews. It’s not my … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Great Ship, Long Lives, and Short Fiction

I’ve been a fan of Robert Reed’s Great Ship stories for many years. Granted, the novels are not the absolute best. Though they are very good, I thought they could have been better. More successful are Mr Reed’s short fiction pieces. … Continue reading

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