Category Archives: science fiction

On My Bookshelf: The Weapon Shops of Isher

My libertarian and anarchist friends might be interested in the concept in this novel. American Second Amendment folks might enjoy the most quoted line in the book, as advocated by the mysterious weapon shops: The right to buy weapons is … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Echo and Firebird

Jack McDevitt offers up two enjoyable reads –his latest novels Echo (2010) and Firebird (2011). They feature the intrepid archaeologist/mystery solver Alex Benedict and his assistant (and narrator) Chase Kolpath. I’ll tell you upfront these books are recommended for those … Continue reading

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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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