Category Archives: science fiction

Inception

Like this reviewer, I had my doubts about this film when I first heard about it. The big box office didn’t help it, either. The young miss got Avatar from Santa in ’09. And that movie, while decent, lacked the … Continue reading

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Some Books

This is not a commercial to buy science fiction books. Just some thoughts. Connie Willis’ publisher came out with part two of her enormous tome Blackout/All Clear a few months ago. This one story about time travellers in 1940 Britain … Continue reading

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Speaking of the Editing Process …

I was reading some fluff science fiction over the weekend. There’s one scene where the heroes are escaping the police, and an investigator is poking into a trap door that leads to a rather dangerous watery environment. The author vividly … Continue reading

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Time Travel Interrupts A Marriage

The time travel premise is well trod territory in science fiction. The favorite problem is that a person goes back in time, does something in the past that changes the world. The Army of Northern Virginia gets a key bit … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: What’s The Point of Fantasy?

I’ve been reading some interesting books lately. It’s been mostly non-fiction, but a few works of fiction have gotten me thinking on the nature of science fiction and fantasy: what defines the genre, how well this genre can be written, … Continue reading

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Warehouse 13 & Eureka

The family and I have been enjoying two summer series on one of the cable channels. (I had a hard enough time typing out the old network name; there’s no way I’m misspelling an already-atrocious term.) My friend Lee recommends … Continue reading

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To Not So Boldly Go …

Okay. I broke down and took the family to see Star Trek last week. I was prepared to love it and hate it, and I wasn’t disappointed. First the good. It was nice to see Paramount finally put real effort … Continue reading

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Good Things To Watch

The new Star Trek movie comes out to mass audiences tomorrow. I’m not terribly optimistic, although I do hear that a big budget for effects has been engaged. Do the producers behind this effort realize a good story will bring … Continue reading

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Derivation

My wife has Star Trek: Next Generation on in the background, one of the better season 2 episodes, “Elementary, Dear Data.” Episode and series contradict the premise of my post. There seems to be much congratulation about the fine end … Continue reading

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Coraline is Cool

The young miss needed a 150-page book for a book report. And she needed it quick, so we were off to the library Monday to find a tome, not made into a movie, at least 150 pages, and not lame. … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: A World Too Near

A few days ago I finished Kay Kenyon’s A World Too Near, the second in a science fiction series mostly taking place in a strange parallel universe not too “far” from ours. This is good writing. Good enough to forgive … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Speed of Dark

Technically, this great book isn’t on my shelf any longer. It’s back at the library. I’ve been meaning to write a quick review for a few months now. I first read Elizabeth Moon’s military science fiction, her five-volume series on … Continue reading

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Ice, Echoes, and Amy

If the Catholic blogosphere were somehow a public gathering, I’d be tempted to run through it in a polar bear costume and yell, “I like Philip Pullman,” just for the spite of it. Instead, I get to read real books … Continue reading

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Tin Man on SciFi

I went into viewing this miniseries hoping I was going to be pleasantly surprised. I’ve been disappointed with most everything coming out of that network since the Dune adaptations several year back. Too many low-budget horror flicks. Too much formula … Continue reading

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Red Seas Under Red Skies

I enjoyed Scott Lynch’s second novel, and I’d recommend it to any reader, as I would his first, which I posted on earlier this year. Lynch has gotten a lot of attention with his writing. Well-deserved, I would say. The … Continue reading

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