The following is a review of the film Interstellar that is very rich with spoilers. If you have not seen the movie, and wish to do so, read at your peril.
Important opening statement:Interstellar is a very good movie. I enjoyed my time watching it, and feel that it is an excellent introduction to hard science fiction for the general public. I paid $20 for my IMAX ticket, and $5 for a bottle of water (I know, I know), and feel that I got my money’s worth. I would happily recommend it to anyone interested in spending an evening watching a well made film with a science fiction theme and mature, emotional overtones. Continue reading Review of Interstellar→
This past week, I re-watched several seasons of Stargate SG1, including both direct-to-dvd movies, and a couple of episodes of Stargate Atlantis. Didn’t find the strength to watch any Stargate Universe, as that was my least favourite incarnation of the franchise. But my re-watch nevertheless brought back to me my intense sadness when SG1 was cancelled. I’m not sure why I miss this show so much, so I thought I’d write about it a bit. Continue reading Why I Miss Stargate→
The following is a spoiler rich review of both the Ringworld saga and the Fleet of Worlds books.
I am an unabashed fan of Larry Niven’s collection of stories and novels set in the so-called “Known Space” universe. They go back five decades and have even extruded onto the holy shrine of science fiction, Star Trek, via a disavowed animated episode back in the 70s. The jewel in the Known Space collection is, of course, Ringworld, which is perhaps the granddaddy of the that weird mega-engineering sub-genre of sci-fi. (Mind you, I have to show off my geek creds by giving a shout out to Orbitsville, a much lesser known entrant into that genre, that was written about the same time.) Continue reading Fate of Worlds: Return From the Ringworld→
For about four months now, I’ve been reading for pleasure…. again. It’s been a long time. So much of my reading time is consumed with technical documents and news (and Facebook), that finding a few free hours per week just for fun reading has been difficult. So I got a tablet computer specifically to make reading more convenient. And in the past 3 weeks, I’ve read five novels. It’s a full on addiction, and other things on my to-do list have suffered. Continue reading Return to the Ringworld→
I don’t remember the last time I got a chance to read for pleasure. I’m not complaining, because I love my life and I love my job. But it leaves me very little time for pleasure reading. So a few weeks ago I decided to dedicate a few minutes a day (yes, a few minutes) to reading fiction. Continue reading The Mote In God’s Eye→