Category Archives: science fiction

Tales From The Loop

This weekend I completed my watch of the Amazon Prime series Tales From The Loop. It explores people living in a midwestern community. Underground is a mysterious physics research facility. I found it compelling. More human than about 95% of … Continue reading

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On My Tube: Amazon SF

Generally I don’t offer book or tv reviews unless there’s some element of faith involved. Or astronomy. In these days of pandemic, our streaming options have expanded somewhat. While I originally got sucked in to Amazon for High Castle, I’ve … Continue reading

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Dystopia In Current Science Fiction

One unfortunate trend in speculative fiction (in my opinion) is the ongoing indulgence for dystopia. To be clear, I think dystopia is fine if that’s your story. The problem is that publishers seem to be gravitating to it in great … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: A Memory Called Empire

One of the best things about good science fiction is when an author takes us places we’ve never been in ways we’ve never gone. The first of those is easy to do. No human has yet set foot on Mars … Continue reading

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SF Streaming 2019

After some initial good feelings, my sense of this year’s science fiction streaming is mixed. I’ve blogged here before on Amazon’s adaptation of Philip Dick’s Man in the High Castle. I think this season was the worst, by far. On the … Continue reading

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Movie Challenge Day 2

  Continuing on the challenge of significant film-watching experiences, I offer a “simulcast” with my fb page. There, without commentary, but here, a brief text. Space has its allure. But so did exploring the interior of the Earth. I was … Continue reading

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Movie Challenge Day 1

  A friend didn’t tag me, so I thought I’d respond. I’m doing this on fb without commentary, but the blogging medium beckons a few words. Like many boys, I liked adventure and science fiction. Preferably both in the same … Continue reading

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Talky Science Fiction

Sometime in the last century, producers of pop culture discovered that science fiction and fantasy mixed with visual special effects and action makes for both popular movies with the general public and money for the corporations behind them. Between the … Continue reading

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On Shelf And Screen: Ursula LeGuin

As a science fiction reader, I’ve overlooked Ursula LeGuin. But after two recent experiences, I’ve become a fan. First, I reacquainted myself with The Lathe of Heaven. The novel was made into a tv movie in 1980. It’s interesting that as … Continue reading

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Hard Sun, Hard Violence

As I’ve encountered streaming series on hulu and amazon, I notice there’s a lot of boundaries pushed beyond what’s been aired on cable networks. Some of those boundaries are plusses–telling a story over a period of twelve hours, give or … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Cold Welcome

Earlier this week I finished Elizabeth Moon’s Cold Welcome. Ms Moon has one outstanding book that’s graced my bookshelf. I enjoyed the series that followed her strong female character through a series of military adventures in space, though I found it … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Daughter of Eden

Count me as an admirer of author Chris Beckett. The third in his Eden series has been on my bookshelf for some days. It’s a good conclusion to the good work begun in Dark Eden (reviewed here) and continued in … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Moon And The Other

John Kessel has crafted an enjoyable, thought-provoking read here. The premise: thirteen decades into the future, the moon is peopled by a few dozen colonies. Two feature in this novel. One self-presents as a free Muslim society, but reads a … Continue reading

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Alien Intelligence

You read that term and what do you think? You know of my hobbies in astronomy and reading science fiction. If you are reading here, and even if you are turned off by one or both, you likely think of … Continue reading

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Project Almanac

I’m a softie for time travel movies above most other science fiction themes. I stumbled upon Project Almanac channel surfing last week on a day off, so I stuck with it. David Raskin, hopefully heading to MIT if the money … Continue reading

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