Category Archives: science fiction

Fathers To Sons And Daughters

As I grow older I hear more of my late father’s voice in my words. It’s not anything I can pin down. My dad had a very expressive speaking voice, especially when he was in a light-hearted mood. I remember … Continue reading

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Strange Maps

Surfing earlier tonight, I ran across a fascinating blog called strange maps. Way, way cool for a map geek like me. Check out this map of evolution teaching. And this one on how the red state/blue state situation shaped up … Continue reading

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Firefly

I had heard of the show on its original 2002 run on Fox, but I never tuned in. I’m not sure I should’ve, as my tv wasn’t hooked up to a Nielsen box. From what I read, the network really … Continue reading

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Star Trek Resuscito

The movie franchise Star Trek getting resuscitated in two years, according to lots of people online. Going back to Kirk and Company: The Academy Years, from what I’ve read. Maybe that’ll work, though I think heading a bit more into … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf

Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, which, though a bit slow going at the start, has a deep appeal. The author herself describes it as influenced by Jane Austen and J.R.R. Tolkien (among others). How can you go wrong … Continue reading

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The Doctor is Back

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.

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Don’t Look So Glum

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

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Best of 2005 SF

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

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The Shape of Things To Come

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

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Tethys Over Golden Saturn

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

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If I Ran a Science Fiction Network

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

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SF for the Uninitiated

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

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What SF Writer Am I?

So I’m this guy, by quiz. I even like his writing, though he is a bit of a pessimist.

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Bookshelf

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

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Beam Me Out of Here

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.

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