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reviewed The Flying Sorcerers. March 17, 2011
posted in SF Signal
The Flying Sorcerers
   I love science fiction humor - when it's done well, and Flying Sorcerers is one of the best.       SF comedy as a sub-genre hardly exists at all.  Most such …
reviewed Space Mercenaries. March 07, 2011
posted in SF Signal
Space Mercenaries
   Space Mercenaries by A. Bertram Chandler is the sequel (tho easily stand-alone) novel to The Empress of Outer Space, and continues the adventures of Mrs. Trafford, the ex-Empress of a galactic …
reviewed The Empress of Outer Space. March 02, 2011
The Empress of Outer Space
   Chandler's bibliography is dominated by stories concerning his best-loved character John Grimes.  But Grimes is not his only recurring character.  Another, about whom he penned …
reviewed The Great Romance: A Rediscovered Uto.... February 27, 2011
posted in SF Signal
The Great Romance   By The Inhabitant   Edited by Dominic Alessio   $17.95   University of Nebraska Press/Bison Books Summary: A second section of a short novel …
reviewed Firefly - The Complete Series. February 27, 2011
posted in SF Signal
Firefly Complete Series
Up until about half a year ago or so, I'd managed to avoid Firefly.  Sure I'd heard lots of fans saying great things about it and I was certainly aware of all of the attention Joss Whedon …
reviewed The Last Colony. February 27, 2011
posted in SF Signal
The Last Colony
Entering the tiger's den with bacon taped all over my body... I have to confess that John Scalzi is the first 'new' science fiction author I've read in quite some time. With a limited …
reviewed The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008 f.... February 27, 2011
posted in SF Signal
Day the Earth Stood Still
Where to begin? As one of the most vocal critics of the concept of 'remakes', I felt that it was only fair to the new version of TDTESS, and to everyone else who's put up with my incessant …
reviewed Terminator Salvation. February 27, 2011
posted in SF Signal
Terminator Salvation (Director's Cut) (2009)
Be forewarned - I didn't like it. Why - we'll get to in a minute but first: I don't hate all movies. I don't even hate all "modern" science fiction" movies.? But since …
reviewed Star Trek (2009). February 27, 2011
posted in SF Signal
Star Trek Poster
How is it that a film that has been so anticipated, has had so much money and hype devoted to it ends up on the screen with a continuity error in the first half-hour? I refer to the scene in which McCoy …
reviewed Escape from Hell. February 27, 2011
posted in SF Signal
Escape from Hell
I have just completed Niven & Pournelle's sequel to INFERNO - ESCAPE FROM HELL. And I am at a loss as to exactly how to proceed with this review. I consider it almost mandatory that new readers …
reviewed Distant Early Warnings. February 27, 2011
posted in SF Signal
Distant Early Warnings
Distant Early Warings - Canada's Best Science Fiction Edited by Robert J Sawyer Robert J. Sawyer Books $22.95 308 Pages - fiction & poetry ,   ,   ,   ,   …
reviewed Zombieland. February 27, 2011
posted in SF Signal
Zombieland (2009)
   I managed to catch Zombieland the other day (last week in fact) and, despite the box office receipts and despite my personal reluctance to post yet another pan 1. Zombieland is one of those …
reviewed The Galaxy Being. February 27, 2011
posted in SF Signal
The Galaxy Being
   There is nothing wrong with the internet.   Do not attempt to reboot.   The Crotchety Old Fan is controlling transmission.   I will control the baud rate.   …
reviewed Finch by Jeff VanderMeer. February 27, 2011
posted in SF Signal
Finch by Jeff VanderMeer
      Well. I have to say that it is really nice to be able to write a positive, if not positively raving, review. But first, caveats & etceteras. My review is based on an ARC …
reviewed Avatar (2009 film). February 27, 2011
posted in SF Signal
Avatar
I finally managed to get in to see it today, a week and two days after opening. Karen went with me and we opted for the non-Imax 3D version. I don't know what Roger Ebert was thinking - maybe invites …
reviewed Moon (2009 movie). February 27, 2011
posted in SF Signal
Moon DVD
   I finally got to see this much talked about, minimalist science fiction film from debut director David Bowie's Son (Duncan Jones). I have to say up-front that I was bothered about …
reviewed The Book of Eli. February 27, 2011
posted in SF Signal
The Book of Eli
      Real short:  watch it if you get a chance. Slightly longer: The Story of the Christ meets Mad Max The Road Warrior. And just a bit longer: Fans of post apocalyptic …
reviewed The 100 Days of the Dragon. February 27, 2011
posted in SF Signal
The 100 Days of the Dragon
   The Outer Limits Episode 2: The 100 Days of the Dragon Hundred Days of the Dragon is the second episode of the original Outer Limits series and the first episode to air that was not …
reviewed The Architects of Fear. February 27, 2011
posted in SF Signal
The Architects of Fear
One of my all-time favorite episodes and one of the best "monsters" ever created for the show (although the jelly-creature was pretty awe-inspiring also). If you look at the picture, it's …
reviewed OBIT. February 27, 2011
posted in SF Signal
OBIT
O.B.I.T. Boy I bet that the NSA wishes they could have an Outer Band Individuated Teletracer OBIT (I'll dispense with the periods) is another excellent episode of the original Outer Limits  …
reviewed Kick-Ass (movie). February 27, 2011
posted in SF Signal
Kick Ass (Movie)
   "With no power comes no responsibility.  Except that isn't true." That line from Kick Ass pretty much sums up the meta-message for Kick Ass the movie. Underdogs need …
reviewed The Road (book). February 27, 2011
posted in SF Signal
The Road
I recently finished Cormac McCarthy's THE ROAD, a highly praised and award-winning novel that was made into a film that spent all of maybe two hours in theaters. It is also a novel that was appropriated …
reviewed Zombieman Zero. February 27, 2011
posted in SF Signal
Zombieman Zero
ZombieMan Zero was brought to my attention by a viral video featuring Zombieman Zero and nemesis Gearhead from Xomix Comix: After looking into it a bit I discovered that the author - Ted Seko - is really …
reviewed With Great Power. February 27, 2011
posted in SF Signal
With Great Power
      EDIT: It wasn't too long after the review went up that the publishers informed me that the title of the anthology has been changed to MASKED, and that a modified cover has …
reviewed Go, Mutants!. February 27, 2011
posted in SF Signal
Go, Mutants!
        Available June 22, 2010   ECCO/Harper Collins   254 pages   $23.99 Larry Doyle is the author of I Love You Beth Cooper and a former writer …
reviewed Knowing. February 27, 2011
posted in SF Signal
Knowing Movie Poster
I finally got around to watching this excuse for a Nicolas Cage film, courtesy of RedBox DVD rentals. It was my first time using Redbox as well, which experience was smoother and more professional than …
reviewed Predators I Have Known. February 27, 2011
posted in SF Signal
Predators I Have Known
First, the preliminaries.  Thanks to Matt Staggs for bringing this book to my attention and for giving me the opportunity to review it, as well as to interview Alan (via email). Second, discerning …
reviewed Space Vulture. February 27, 2011
posted in SF Signal
Space Vulture
   If my own personal reaction to the title of this book is any indication, a lot of people who would enjoy it are going to give it an undeserved pass.      The title, Space …
reviewed Space Cadet. February 27, 2011
posted in SF Signal
Space Cadet
   Space Cadet was Robert Heinlein's third published novel and the second in the annual series of juvenile novels he contracted with Scribners to produce following his short-lived vacation …
reviewed Settling Accounts: In at the Death. February 27, 2011
posted in SF Signal
Settling Accounts: In at the Death
   Harry Turtledove has been at the science fiction game for quite a while, having published his first novel in 1979. He's a Hugo winner and multiple award nominee. I first read him in '88, …
reviewed Fleet of Worlds. February 27, 2011
posted in SF Signal
Fleet of Worlds
   Larry Niven's Known Space stories have been an icon of high-concept SF adventure since the 1960s. Praised equally for both accurate hard SF and for creating unique alien psychologies, …
reviewed Cloud Cuckoo Land. February 27, 2011
posted in SF Signal
Cloud Cuckoo Land
   Dissatisfaction with a book and the time wasted reading it usually doesn't manifest in a physical way. On the other hand, sometimes it does. In this case, reading Cloud Cuckoo Land only …
reviewed The Ship From Outside. February 27, 2011
posted in SF Signal
The Ship From Outside
   The Ship From Outside is S. Bertram Chandler's sequel to The Rim of Space and follows directly on the heels of the adventures chronicled in that tale.      A brief …
reviewed Star Wars. February 25, 2011
posted in SF Signal
Star Wars
   but it ain't Science Fiction.      Yes, I was at a premiere of this movie.  Yes, I watched it multiple times in a row following my first viewing.  Yes, I …
reviewed The Rim of Space. February 25, 2011
posted in SF Signal
The Rim of Space
   A. Bertram Chandler began his writing career in the mid 1940s (he was highly regarded in the reader polls in Astounding) and eventually gained wide recognition for his John Grimes 'the …
reviewed Saturn's Children. February 23, 2011
posted in SF Signal
Saturn's Children
This review originally appeared in RayGun Revival magazine in early 2008      Saturn's Children by Charles Stross  Ace, 2008, 336 pages      I've …
reviewed Infoquake: Book One of the Jump 225 T.... February 23, 2011
posted in SF Signal
Infoquake: Book One of the Jump 225 Trilogy
This review originally appeared in RayGun Revival Ezine, in late 2008.     I chose Infoquake for review for two self-serving purposes; first, and basest of all, was my desire to obtain …
reviewed I, Robot. February 19, 2011
posted in SF Signal
Asimov's I, Robot
   Isaac Asimov's I, Robot is a collection of short stories that explores Dr. A's development  of the three laws of robotics (now the 4 laws).      Each of the …
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