Well, “singing” isn’t exactly the word I should use…
Michio Kaku, commonly referred to as a “popularizer of science”, is the Henry Semat Professor of Theoretical Physics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the co-founder of string field theory. He has written several books, including Parallel Worlds and Beyond Einstein, and his bestseller, Hyperspace, was voted one of the best science books of the year by the New York Times and the Washington Post. He is a frequent guest on national TV, and his nationally syndicated radio program is heard in 130 cities. He lives in New York City.
SF Signal had the opportunity to ask Dr. Kaku some questions about his work, science fiction, and his latest book, Physics of the Impossible…
The Sands Of Oblivion Giveaway contest is finally over! The winners are:
Maria Stahl, New Albin
Chuck Graham, Madison
Jeffrey Shumway, Dayton
Larry Ketchersid, Tomball
Geraldine Rodriguez, Boca Raton
Jason Cordes, Cedar Rapids
Dennis (no last name), of SBCGlobal.net
Marty Halpern, San Jose
For those of you who supplied mailing addresses, those have been provided to Honcho Media. You’re DVDs will be shipped on Thursday of this week.
For those who didn’t I’ve sent an email to you asking for you to supply them so Honcho Media can ship out your DVD. Please send that in as soon as you can, you don’t want to miss that first mailing…
Thank you to all who entered. Let us know how you enjoyed the movie!
Editor John Joseph Adams has posted the table of contents for his upcoming zombie anthology, The Living Dead:
- “This Year’s Class Picture” by Dan Simmons (1992)
- “Some Zombie Contingency Plans” by Kelly Link (2005)
- “Death and Suffrage” by Dale Bailey (2002)
- “Ghost Dance” by Sherman Alexie (2003)
- “Blossom” by David J. Schow (1989)
- “The Third Dead Body” by Nina Kiriki Hoffman (1993)
- “The Dead” by Michael Swanwick (1996)
- “The Dead Kid” by Darrell Schweitzer (2002)
- “Malthusian’s Zombie” by Jeffrey Ford (2000)
- “Beautiful Stuff” by Susan Palwick (2004)
- “Sex, Death and Starshine” by Clive Barker (1984)
- “Stockholm Syndrome” by David Tallerman (2007)
- “Bobby Conroy Comes Back From The Dead” by Joe Hill (2005)
- “Those Who Seek Forgiveness” by Laurell K. Hamilton (2006)
- “In Beauty, Like the Night” by Norman Partridge (1992)
- “Prairie” by Brian Evenson (1997)
- “Everything is Better with Zombies” by Hannah Wolf Bowen (2006)
- “Home Delivery” by Stephen King (1989)
- “Less than Zombie” by Douglas E. Winter (1989)
- “Sparks Fly Upward” by Lisa Morton (2006)
- “Meathouse Man” by George R. R. Martin (1976)
- “Deadman’s Road” by Joe Lansdale (2007)
- “The Skull-Faced Boy” by David Barr Kirtley (2002)
- “The Age of Sorrow” by Nancy Kilpatrick (2007)
- “Bitter Grounds” by Neil Gaiman (2003)
- “She’s Taking Her Tits to the Grave” by Catherine Cheek (2008)
- “Dead Like Me” by Adam-Troy Castro (2000)
- “Zora and the Zombie” by Andy Duncan (2004)
- “Calcutta, Lord of Nerves” by Poppy Z. Brite (1992)
- “Followed” by Will McIntosh (2006)
- “The Song the Zombie Sang” by Harlan Ellison & Robert Silverberg (1970)
- “Passion Play” by Nancy Holder (1992)
- “Almost the Last Story by Almost the Last Man” by Scott Edelman (2007)
- “How the Day Runs Down” by John Langan (2008)
That is a lot of zombie stories. (34 stories and more than 230,000 words.)
How cold must you be inside when a Vulcan tells you to put a little love in your heart?
REVIEW SUMMARY: Banks has written another very good book set in his Culture universe.
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: See JP’s excellent review for a synopsis.
PROS: Great write-up with highly interesting characters and lots of good sci-fi ideas.
CONS: Hard to fault much, perhaps the ending was a bit of a surprise. It is deep in space opera concepts and so its hard to recommend to non-sci-fi fans.
BOTTOM LINE: Awesome book – science fiction fans of all types can certainly find a lot of like about this book.
The Telegraph lists 110 Best Books for the Perfect Library.
Here are the science fiction titles:
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
- The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
- 1984 by George Orwell
- The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
- Foundation by Isaac Asimov
- 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
- Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
- Neuromancer by William Gibson
Other notables…Listed under “Childrens books”:
- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
- The Lord of the Rings by J.R. R. Tolkien
- His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
- Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Listed under “Books that changed your world”:
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
REVIEW SUMMARY: A really fun throwback to the pulp science fiction of yesteryear.
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Space Marshal Victor Corsaire battles the legendary space pirate known as Space Vulture.
PROS: Perfectly recaptures the pulp feel; fun sf adventure suitable for any age.
CONS: Believability stretched too far in the case of Gil, whose turnaround was marred by a contrived plot decision.
BOTTOM LINE: A welcome return to the stuff of old-time wonder.
Not that I’m one to dance on the grave of my defeated enemies, but…oh, who am I kidding…
Here are the results of the latest SF Signal poll.
The SciFi Channel canceled Flash Gordon. Do you care?
A couple of comments this week:
“You know it probably would have lasted longer if it embraced the thing that I like from the movie which is the cheesy factor. Either that or go for the whole golden era SF theme but that is not so politically correct. Also they could have added more Boomer (Mmmm Boomer)…” – Tim
“I am sure, in another couple of decades, someone else will try again to recreate Flash Gordon. SciFi simply dropped the ball here. I knew, as soon as I saw Ming and his ‘water treatment plant palace’ that this would end badly.” – Paul
“After watching the first three episodes, I realized it wasn’t Flash Gordon so much as teen angst with not-terribly-long long distance relationships (if they could jump back and forth from Earth to Mongo, how far was Mongo, really?). I didn’t realize the show had survived long enough for you to say NOW that it’s been canceled; I sort of figured it died out a few weeks after I gave up.” – Ian Randal Strock
“You should have had a fourth option: What the hell took them so long?” – Douglass Abramson
“They have to replace it with something new. Right? Not a rerun. Well if that something is a new BSG or Eureka then it will be great, at least I hope it will be better, though I am not holding my breath.” – General X
Be sure to visit our front page and vote in this week’s poll about Dan Simmons’ Hyperion heading to big screen!
Even if it weren’t tempting to post the contents of the upcoming collection The Best of Michael Swanwick from Subterranean Press, this way-cool cover for the book by Lee Moyer is the clincher.
Here are the stories:
- “The Feast of St. Janis”
- “Trojan Horse”
- “A Midwinter’s Tale”
- “The Edge of the World”
- “Griffin’s Egg”
- “The Changeling’s Tale”
- “North of Diddy-Wah-Diddy”
- “Radio Waves”
- “The Dead”
- “Mother Grasshopper”
- “Radiant Doors”
- “The Very Pulse of the Machine”
- “Wild Minds”
- “Scherzo with Tyrannosaur”
- “The Raggle Taggle Gypsy-Ov”
- “The Dog Said Bow-Wow”
- “Slow Life”
- “Legions in Time”
- “Triceratops Summer”
- “From Babel’s Fall’n Glory We Fled…”