Category Archives: science fiction

Tau Ceti Musings: Interstellar Obsolescence

With the discovery of five planets orbiting the star Tau Ceti, does this mean all the sf literature on that system is now obsolete? My take is that Asimov, Clarke, Niven, and others will eventually pass into the realm of … Continue reading

Posted in Astronomy, science fiction | Leave a comment

Indulgent 2312

I’m going to begin with what’s good about Kim Stanley Robinson’s new novel 2312. Ideas. Not all are original to the author, but that makes them no less awe-inspiring. On Mercury, close to a half million people live in a … Continue reading

Posted in On My Bookshelf, science fiction | 2 Comments

More Foundation Novels

When the “second” Foundation trilogy came out in the late 1990’s, I was looking forward to the reads with great enthusiasm. I enjoyed the original novels, certainly. And while the original author was now dead, the Asimov estate had engaged … Continue reading

Posted in On My Bookshelf, science fiction | Leave a comment

Further: Beyond The Threshold

About three-quarters of the way through Chris Roberson’s Further: Beyond The Threshold I got the distinct impression I was reading a pilot episode for a Star Trek copycat: a starship with a crew of very unlike people thrown together to … Continue reading

Posted in On My Bookshelf, science fiction | Leave a comment

On My Bookshelf: In War Times

I’ve just finished Kathleen Ann Goonan’s thoughtful and optimistic novel, and I’m not quite sure how to describe it, or exactly what to say about it. On one level, it reminded me of Connie Willis’ Blackout/All Clear. It’s clear that … Continue reading

Posted in On My Bookshelf, science fiction | 3 Comments

On My Bookshelf: Foundation Novels

Isaac Asimov generally abdicated writing much science fiction for many decades in the middle of his life. Apparently by the 1980’s, he and/or his publisher were finally convinced that hardcover sf books would be very profitable, especially if they could … Continue reading

Posted in On My Bookshelf, science fiction | Leave a comment

Foundation On Screen

It’s been a curious things the past few days. I had a thought to reread Asimov’s Foundation books–at least the “trilogy” (actually nine separately published short tales assembled into books around 1950). But I’ve been feeling ornery around rereading stuff. … Continue reading

Posted in film, science fiction | Leave a comment