about Todd FlowerdayA Roman Catholic lay person, married (since 1996), with one adopted child (since 2001). I serve in worship and spiritual life in a midwestern university parish.
about John Donaghy
John is a lay missionary since 2007 with a parish in western Honduras. Before that he served in campus ministry and social justice ministry in Iowa. His ministry blog is http://hermanojuancito.blogspot.com
He also blogs reflections on the lectionary and saints/heroes/events of the date at http://walktheway.wordpress.com
He'll be a long-term contributor here analyzing the Latin American bishops' document from their 2007 Aparecida Conference.
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Category Archives: science fiction
Loved the new series. My wife had never heard of it. It’s on the SciFi channel Friday nights. Now I have something to look forward to watching on tv.
Harry’s out today. Naturally my wife was practically the first in line to get it. Naturally, I prefer the books. Naturally, the forces of good (hyperactive Christians) are massing against the forces of evil (JK and her minions). Me? I … Continue reading
Best science fiction of 2005, as chosen by the contributors to the sf site. I’ve read about a third of these books. The others are often very hard to find in print in the US or in libraries. I’ve never … Continue reading
Movies, that is, according to Rick Norwood, media reviewer for the sf site. St Blog’s hot (and other) spots: The Da Vinci Code by Akiva Goldsman, from the novel by Dan Brown. Goldsman wrote A Beautiful Mind. But he also … Continue reading
I could not put down a story last night before bed. I’ve been taking this anthology slowly: The Hard SF Renaissance (reviewed here). It’s been a long time since I bothered with fiction outside the novels, but I’ve been missing … Continue reading
Bernard gave me food for thought on the last SF thread. He’s right and I’m wrong there’s absolutely no good SF on tv. Battlestar Galactica is better than average, though there’s something about it that doesn’t quite grab me. Maybe … Continue reading
Frequent guest Brigid asked about Dune when her turn at the SF author quiz turned up that tome’s creator, Frank Herbert. On occasion I run across someone nearly or totally uninitiated to the world of science fiction and they ask … Continue reading
So I’m this guy, by quiz. I even like his writing, though he is a bit of a pessimist.
Finished Robert Reed’s Marrow (reviewed here) and The Well of Stars (reviewed here) earlier this week. Good SF that could’ve been better. The basic idea is an interstellar ship the size of Neptune is inhabited with tens of billions of … Continue reading
Watching too much Star Trek. Count me as a teleportation doubter. Big time. More likely that we’ll be able to pour human consciousness into a space probe and get there lightweight, though I’m still holding out hope for an elevator.
China Mieville’s Iron Council, reviewed here. I really like Mieville’s writing, but it takes me a long time to get through his books. Another review here confirms my early suspicion, but I’m seeing it through to the end. New York: … Continue reading
Little blogging, more reading this week. I’m enjoying China Mieville’s The Scar. I had avoided his well-regarded work because it seemed at first glance to be too coarse, cynical, and cruel. And it is that, but it’s also the best-written … Continue reading
Hovhaness’ Symphony #2, Mysterious Mountain, Seattle Symphony, Delos 3157. Close my eyes: instant prayer. Before my vacation, I read Keith Kachtick’s Hungry Ghost, which I thought was just outstanding. I tried LeCarre’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy but for some reason, … Continue reading
I’ve enjoyed the last four episodes of Enterprise this month. But the end of this episode is a bit twisted. Questions: Did Archer’s decision not to send Malcolm to disable the planet-killing weapon (and thereby not being present at the … Continue reading