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REVIEW: Powersat by Ben Bova

REVIEW SUMMARY: Sci-fi master Ben Bova delivers a surprisingly topical thriller including modern terrorism, politics and a bit of science fiction. MY RATING: BRIEF SYNOPSIS: [...]

January 23, 2009 // 2 Comments

REVIEW: Jetpack Dreams by Mac Montandon

REVIEW SUMMARY: Jetpack Dreams is a book I really wanted to love, but in the end it just became a collection of interesting anecdotes about the slightly odd people who are [...]

January 22, 2009 // 0 Comments

MOVIE REVIEW: City of Ember

REVIEW SUMMARY: Beautiful filmed, strong cast, boring movie. MY RATING: BRIEF SYNOPSIS: The city of Ember is hidden underground in order to allow mankind to survive some kind [...]

January 21, 2009 // 4 Comments

REVIEW: Three Days to Never by Tim Powers

REVIEW SUMMARY: Enjoy a romp through time with Tim Powers as he tackles the challenges of time travel head on with a plot involving legendary physicist Albert Einstein. MY [...]

January 16, 2009 // 3 Comments

Do Science Fiction Fans Hate Libraries?

OK that might be a little extreme, but hear me out. My friend Megan is a librarian at a major metropolitan library. She recently asked me “why don’t sci-fi and [...]

November 29, 2008 // 47 Comments

REVIEW: Null-A Continuum by John C. Wright

REVIEW SUMMARY: Return to the world created by A.E. van Vogt in a fantastic conclusion to an epic saga. Wright offers this book as the final book in the trilogy and does a [...]

November 4, 2008 // 2 Comments

Is Time Travel Inevitable?

Anybody remember the old 60’s TV show The Time Tunnel? I haven’t seen that many of them, but it was the third series created by the father of television science [...]

September 18, 2008 // 11 Comments

Fringe – First Thoughts

I finally got to watch the new show from Lost creator J.J. Abrams (that’s him on the right) on FOX, Fringe. The pilot was about 90 minutes long which I felt was perfect [...]

September 16, 2008 // 6 Comments

REVIEW: Victory of Eagles by Naomi Novik

REVIEW SUMMARY: The 5th book in a series, this novel keeps up the quality work seen in previous efforts with a darker tale. MY RATING: BRIEF SYNOPSIS: England is threatened [...]

September 4, 2008 // 1 Comment

REVIEW: Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog

During the TV/movie writers strike a few months back, Joss Whedon (creator of such hits as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly) and his friends decided to do something [...]

July 21, 2008 // 7 Comments

Question: Do Endings Matter?

Time for an opinion poll in the form of an open-ended question. Does the ending of a book matter to you? More specifically, how much does the ending make or break the book? [...]

July 15, 2008 // 20 Comments

Extreme Lego

In the past the lego-lovers here at SFSignal have shared with you information on exciting Legos such as the Mars Rover model (still excellent), the Indiana Jones collection, [...]

June 22, 2008 // 2 Comments

Do you like it hard?

Now that I have your attention (what, isn’t the title sensational enough for ya?) I have a question. Do you prefer your science fiction harder or softer? If [...]

May 17, 2008 // 17 Comments

UK Releases UFO Archives

This week the government of the UK began releasing years worth of research officially done into UFOs. The focus of the research was to determine if the reported UFO was a [...]

May 15, 2008 // 1 Comment

REVIEW: An Idle King by J.W. Benford

REVIEW SUMMARY: A new author does well in some areas but overall comes up a bit short. MY RATING: BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Michael is kidnapped and taken into the future, where he [...]

May 8, 2008 // 2 Comments


Last Sunday – to celebrate my son’s birthday – he and I went to see the latest super-hero movie out of Marvel – Iron Man. Surprisingly, I was [...]

May 6, 2008 // 2 Comments

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