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Why Does DC Hate Gorillas?

It’s no secret that I’m a comic book fan.  But I’m a bigger fan of real science fiction; that is, fiction whose narrative necessarily depends upon a fanciful or not-yet-possible scientific element. I struggle with whether traditional superhero comic books qualify as science fiction, since mostly the sci-fi elements are an excuse for having extraordinary characters.  Any other excuse can often suffice: magic, for instance. Continue reading Why Does DC Hate Gorillas?

Review of Interstellar

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.

 

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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

Why I Miss Stargate

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Stargate tribute by Wen-jr (wen-jr.deviantart.com)

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

Review of Robert J Sawyer’s “Rollback”

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For several years now, I’ve been a member of the Board of Directors of Harbourfront Centre, one of (if not the) largest public arts centres in Canada.  One of our more high profile endeavours is to yearly host the International Festival of Authors.  And one of my favourite privileges as a Board member is to attend the Festival’s opening cocktail party. Continue reading Review of Robert J Sawyer’s “Rollback”

Fate of Worlds: Return From the Ringworld

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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

Return to the Ringworld

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This article is a mostly spoiler-free discussion of Larry Niven’s original Ringworld books. For a review of Fate of Worlds: Return From The Ringworld, follow the link.

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