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posted "There is more than meets the eye" about Crysis: Legion.   May 04, 2011
There is more than meets the eye
Peter Watts writing a game-tie in novel, that is like…Greg Egan writing a Star Wars novel. You know, it’s not impossible, just widely inc
posted "The new queen of angst" about War of the Marionettes.   May 03, 2011
The new queen of angst
The third Andrea Cort novel (so far only published in German) offers one step forward and two steps back. I liked the first two novels in the series i
posted "A friendly warning from outer space" about The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951 film).   March 02, 2011
A friendly warning from outer space
The biggest stumbling block for me, when watching old movies, are rarely outdated special effects. What's much more distracting is pacing. Modern
posted "Robots and Empire: An unusual update to golden age science fiction" about Off On a Starship.   February 28, 2011
Robots and Empire: An unusual update to
This story was my introduction to William Barton, which in hindsight was a bit of luck. His other work is just as brilliant, but not the most inviting
posted "The queen has died, long live the queen" about Second Person, Present Tense.   February 28, 2011
The queen has died, long live the queen
Free will is just an illusion, self just a complex narrative after the fact. Modern theories on consciousness can be pretty daunting. But Daryl Gregor
posted "Failure mode for space empires" about Dark Sky Legion.   February 26, 2011
Failure mode for space empires
Dystopias often come in a few, easily recognized flavors: there's the surveillance state, the moral society taken to its insane conclusion, the sl
posted "Best practice among aliens: kill all humans" about The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008 film).   February 25, 2011
Best practice among aliens: kill all hum
This remake of a classic SF movie (which I can’t comment on since I’ve never seen it) completely blows. Fundamentalist aliens come to eart
posted "Have we halted yet or is this future still being decided on?" about Halting State.   February 24, 2011
Have we halted yet or is this future sti
Halting State scratches the same itch as Accelerando and Glasshouse did, even if it’s so much near future that it feels like being right around
posted "The truth is a double edged sword" about Template.   February 24, 2011
The truth is a double edged sword
Coming-of-age stories aren't restricted to young characters. The hero of Template, Conn Labro, is already an adult and secure in his believes. But
posted "Ambitious, but flawed homage to both Heinlein & Asimov" about Saturn's Children.   February 23, 2011
Ambitious, but flawed homage to both Hei
This starts with a dedication to Asimov and Heinlein, so it's most interesting to see what Stross has taken from whom and incorporated into his se
posted "Odd but excellent mix of horror and outdated far future speculation" about The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson.   February 20, 2011
Odd but excellent mix of horror and outd
This is a very odd book, mixing supernatural horror with a cosmic perspective that is mostly associated with the science fiction genre. These elements
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