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reviewed Solar Lottery (Collier Nucleus Fantas.... September 11, 2002
Solar Lottery (Collier Nucleus Fantasy & Science
In 1955 Philip K. Dick was a prolific and moderately successful writer of SF short stories, but I seriously doubt that anyone really paid attention when "Solar Lottery" hit the shelves that year. They …
reviewed Across the Wounded Galaxies: Intervie.... September 05, 2002
Across the Wounded Galaxies: Interviews with
Most of these interviews are dryly academic, as McCaffrey tries to relate this diverse group of SF authors into (or out of) the recently acceptable literary schools (mainly post modernism). There is some …
reviewed Shadow Puppets (Ender Wiggin Saga). September 02, 2002
Shadow Puppets (Ender Wiggin Saga)
SHADOW PUPPETS isn't exactly disappointing, but it certainly does not pack the emotional impact of Card's previous efforts. Bean and Petra are the central characters in this installment but the "shadow" …
Nebula Awards 33: the Year's Best SF and Fantasy
Another collection of this long-running series that presents the award-winning fiction for the previous year. I'll comment on the individual stories: Jane Yolen, "Sister Emily's Lightship" -- I've never …
reviewed Excession. July 26, 2002
Excession
Another of Banks' Culture novels, this one languished on my to-be-read shelf for a couple of years. Since Banks writes about a book a year, if one does not keep reading him steadily, it is easy to fall …
reviewed Grass (Sheri S. Tepper book). June 30, 2002
Grass
I'm not a big Tepper fan but I read Grass anyway and I'm glad I did. The plot is rather intricate but a brief synopsis: Humans are scattered over several planets, one being Grass which is a backwater …
reviewed 100 Great Science Fiction Short Short.... May 05, 2002
I have no doubt that the short story is the hardest to write. With limited space, the point, and there can really be only one, must be relatively obvious, yet complex enough to make an interesting story. …
reviewed Back to the Future. February 26, 2002
Poster for the movie
Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, time travel and an ingenious story. What more could you want. All of these terrific actors disappear melting into their original characters. When you think …
reviewed Aliens. February 11, 2002
Aliens
Alien's is one of the most refreshing action film's that I've seen in a long time. It has all of the pieces needed to create a dazzling example of fine form and just plain slick wizadry.Ripley awakens …
reviewed 2001: A Space Odyssey (book). December 06, 2001
2001: A Space Odyssey
. . .serious science fiction novels ever written. This reviewer has to agree.From a beginning 10 million years in the past, to the "creation" of whatever it is that David Bowman becomes, 2001: A Space …
reviewed Escape Velocity. October 20, 2001
Escape Velocity
Pros: Entertaining and thought provoking      Cons: Some references will mean more to those that read more of the series      The Bottom Line: Excellent read on …
reviewed Winds Twelve Quarters: Stories. August 16, 2001
Winds Twelve Quarters Books
Pros: Marvelously descriptive, imaginative and varied work. Stands up to repeated reads.     Cons: none     The Bottom Line: An intriguing introduction to LeGuin …
reviewed 2001: A Space Odyssey. July 23, 2001
posted in Movie Hype
Movie poster
Could someone please tell me what the big deal is about this movie, please? I do enjoy Stanley Kubrick a great deal, Dr Strangelove, The Shining, Clockwork Orange, Eyes Wide Shut, all great movies. But …
reviewed Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II.... July 23, 2001
posted in The Gaming Hub
Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II (includes
In "Mysteries of the Syth", you meet a new character named Mara Jade, Kyle Katarns Apprentice in training. What seperates this game from the others, in skill, is the awesome long-distance sniper scope …
reviewed Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II.... July 23, 2001
Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II (includes
After many years of play, here you go: "Dark forces II: Jedi Knight", brought in a new level of graphics and a whole bunch of new worlds to explore. Jedi force powers make dog meat out of the villains. …
reviewed Star Wars Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast. July 11, 2001
posted in The Gaming Hub
Star Wars Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast
Kyle Katarn quickly became my favorite character in the gaming world. In "Dark Forces", the first of the series, you really only begin to learn the basic brute skills of fighting. You also learn several …
reviewed The Matrix. July 10, 2001
DVD front
As you spiral around two enemies floating in mid-air, arms jabbing and legs adrift, bullets fly just inches above their heads as they empty the chambers of their menacing pistols. The matrix dazzles you …
reviewed The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy .... June 21, 2001
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
A trip down lunacy lane. This is a unpretensious riot that along with its THE RESTURANT AT THE END OF THE UNIVERSE makes two great books. Ford Prefect, Zaphod, and Arthur Dent and Co make a great addition …
reviewed Planet of the Apes. May 18, 2001
Planet of the Apes (Signet)
To be completely honest, I didn't even know there was an original PLANET OF THE APES book until I bought this book. Everyone knows about the famous movie with Charlton Heston and there is a lot of buzz …
reviewed Flash Gordon (Soundtrack). April 13, 2001
posted in Music Matters
Flash Gordon (Soundtrack)
Now Queen has a good sound, but this soundtrack doesn't show that at all. In fact there is only one song on this album, the theme to Flash Gordon, which is played 18 times on this album and the song isn't …
reviewed Fahrenheit 451. April 06, 2001
Fahrenheit 451 (book)
It's hard to believe this little book by the famed Ray Bradbury has been around for about fifty years. I remember kids talking about this book just a few years ago when I was in high school and remember …
reviewed The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951 f.... February 06, 2001
posted in Movie Hype
The Day the Earth Stood Still
Pros: Had a message to spread     Cons: We still don't heed it     The Bottom Line: Ok to watch when there isn't anything else to do.     Plot …
reviewed Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (.... February 06, 2001
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Pros: Lots of magic, great sub-plots, well developed characters.     Cons: Dobby and Winky.     The Bottom Line: Drive or fly to your nearest bookstore and pick …
reviewed Shadow of the Hegemon (Ender's Shadow). January 17, 2001
Shadow of the Hegemon (Ender's Shadow)
I can't say I was disappointed in the continuation of Bean's story from Ender's Shadow (which I thought was great) but it was a bit flat.First the praise. Card does an excellent job in characterization …
reviewed Dune. January 04, 2001
Dune
Don't get me wrong - I like science fiction as a genre, but some of it is just too technical and unbelievable. I'm more of a history fan. And I guess that's why Dune is so appealing - it is a very well …
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