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A Few I Couldn’t Finish…

“The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.”- Oscar WildeIrish dramatist, novelist, & poet (1854 – 1900) After discussing [...]

April 22, 2008 // 1 Comment

A Dilemma: Books I Can’t Finish Reading

I have a dilemma and I’d like your help. I have amassed a few of books I can’t finish because I don’t want to spend any more time reading them. Do you want [...]

April 20, 2008 // 20 Comments

REVIEW: Pirate Freedom by Gene Wolfe

REVIEW SUMMARY: Time-traveling pirates – what is not to love? OK, there isn’t really any science fiction in this story, but it is a fun book non the less. MY [...]

April 14, 2008 // 0 Comments

REVIEW: Matter by Iain Banks

REVIEW SUMMARY: Banks has written another very good book set in his Culture universe. MY RATING: BRIEF SYNOPSIS: See JP’s excellent review for a synopsis. MY REVIEW: [...]

April 7, 2008 // 11 Comments

Author Predicts Future!

Many times throughout my life I have heard fans of science fiction promote the genre by stating how many times its authors have predicted the future. Look at the works of [...]

March 11, 2008 // 3 Comments

Obsolete Skills: SFSignal edition

Recently the blogosphere has been abuzz with listings of obsolete skills. It was started by Robert Scoble and was focused initially on skills obsoleted by technological [...]

March 10, 2008 // 16 Comments

VIEWPOINT: What makes sci-fi work?

What makes science fiction cross over into the mainstream? I have found myself thinking about that a lot recently because I recognize that there are many people (of whom [...]

March 10, 2008 // 6 Comments

REVIEW: Deep Inside by Polly Frost

REVIEW SUMMARY: A collection of well-written erotic science fiction short stories. MY RATING: See the text below. BRIEF SYNOPSIS: 10 erotic science fiction short stories [...]

February 26, 2008 // 1 Comment

REVIEW: The Wannoshay Cycle by Michael Jasper

REVIEW SUMMARY: Surprising effort by newcomer Michael Jasper, the book brings together a very mature story, good characterization, and aliens that are alien. MY RATING: BRIEF [...]

February 5, 2008 // 5 Comments

REVIEW: Soldier of Sidon by Gene Wolfe

REVIEW SUMMARY: Excellent Wolfe book for the uninitiated, Latro is personal and adventurous in this third installment of the Soldier of… series. MY RATING: BRIEF [...]

January 21, 2008 // 1 Comment

MOVIE REVIEW: Bender’s Big Score

REVIEW SUMMARY: Futurama returns in a glorious tour de force! Rivaled by only such classics as Casablanca and To Kill a Mockingbird this seminal film is an instant [...]

December 26, 2007 // 2 Comments

Cinematic Titanic releases The Oozing Skull

Cinematic Titanic, the new brainchild of the comic genuises who originally gave us Mystery Science Theatre 3000 (MST3K), released its first DVD a couple of days back, just in [...]

December 25, 2007 // 4 Comments

REVIEW: Keeping it Real by Justina Robson

REVIEW SUMMARY: Not your typical fantasy novel that is extremely imaginative, this book falls a little short for me. MY RATING: BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Following a rift in Texas the [...]

December 25, 2007 // 0 Comments

REVIEW: Darkness Falls by Kyle Mills

REVIEW SUMMARY: A thrilling science fiction tale of eco-terrorism, Darkness Falls could be ripped from the headlines. MY RATING: BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Erin Neal is the world expert [...]

December 10, 2007 // 0 Comments

REVIEW: Queen of Candesce by Karl Schroeder

REVIEW SUMMARY: Schroeder’s sequel to Sun of Suns is an even better book – a focus on characters against a fanastic hard sci-fi backdrop. This is one sequel that [...]

November 26, 2007 // 1 Comment

Kindling

Unless you have been living under a rock, you undoubtedly have heard about Amazon’s eBook reader the Kindle. What amazes me is not anything about the device or its [...]

November 20, 2007 // 13 Comments

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