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reviewed In the Balance, by Harry Turtledove. December 08, 2013
posted in SF Signal
Harry Turtledove is a professional historian.  But he dropped out of CalTech.  So naturally he combined history and science and got alternate history science fiction.      …
reviewed Ender's Game the Movie. November 18, 2013
Many years ago Orson Scott Card, the author of Ender's Game, said the book was "unfilmable".      Of course that was before Computer Generated Imagery, CGI, got really …
reviewed Ender's Game. February 13, 2013
Ender's game cover
I just reread Ender's Game.  It made sense to me since the movie was coming out soon and of course I would compare them.  But I need to explain my perspective on the story.      …
reviewed The Mote in God's Eye. November 18, 2012
The Mote in God's Eye is a better science fiction book than many SF books that are more famous.  This would include 1984, Fahrenheit 451, Neuromancer and many more.      Although …
reviewed Captain Vorpatril's Alliance. November 15, 2012
Captain Vorpatril's Alliance
Ivan Vorpatril is the cousin of Miles Vorkosigan and intermittently pops up in stories about Miles.  He is constantly used as the but of jokes and accused of being an idiot.  But overall it …
reviewed The Long Tomorrow. November 03, 2012
posted in SF Signal
The Long Tomorrow
The Long Tomorrow is one of the first post World War II novels depicting a possible aftermath of nuclear war.  It is set only 80 years after the war rather than multiple centuries like A Canticle …
reviewed Anker Astro2 Dual USB Output 8400mAh .... September 03, 2012
Anker Astro2 Dual USB Output 8400mAh External
I have had my Google Nexus 7 for about 5 weeks.  It has malfunctioned and I am sending it back for a replacement.  I have fixed electronics for years and this doesn't disturb me.  The …
reviewed A Canticle for Leibowitz. April 21, 2012
posted in SF Signal
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter Miller
When reading this book one must remember that some of it was first published in 1955 only ten years after Hiroshima.  It was only two years since the Korean war and the Rosenbergs had just been executed …
   Baen books has a HUGE collection of science fiction CDs on the Internet.      http://baencd.thefifthimperium.com/      I have used it to read Mission …
reviewed Zoe's Tale. November 24, 2011
Zoe's Tale
   This book is an add on to the Old Man's War trilogy by John Scalzi.  I would not suggest reading it until after reading the other three books.       It is …
reviewed The Shockwave Rider by John Brunner. November 22, 2011
The Shockwave Rider by John Brunner
   If there is one 20th century science fiction novel everyone should read it is The Shockwave Rider.      I violated that rule for years.  Two other books by Brunner, …
reviewed Moon Is a Harsh Mistress. September 25, 2011
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress appeared in 1966.  I probably read it in my early high school years and certainly multiple times.  I always liked it and have never really forgotten the plot.  …
reviewed 1632, 1633, 1634 Trilogy by Eric Flint. June 10, 2011
1632, 1633, 1634 Trilogy by Eric Flint
Why should people read science fiction?  Arthur C. Clarke said, "Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories."   Entertainment is nice but is there …
reviewed North Africa Trilogy by Mack Reynolds. May 30, 2011
North Africa Trilogy by Mack Reynolds
   Mack Reynolds is not very well known today.  But in the early 60s he was rated as one of the the most popular writers in Galaxy magazine.  Recent events have made one of his works …
reviewed Old Man's War. May 22, 2011
Old Man's War
I read Old Man's War years ago because I had heard so many good things about it.  It was mentioned in the same breath with Starship Troopers (the book) and The Forever War.  Since the 90s …
reviewed Red Mars. May 17, 2011
   OK! I have got to blow that pseudo-science fiction Hyperion crap out of my head.      It's time for some nitty-gritty REAL Science Fiction on a gritty planet.    …
reviewed Hyperion Cantos. April 16, 2011
Hyperion is an old book.  I have seen it in science fiction sections of major bookstores many times and picked it up many times.  I always put it back.  Something in my Spidey-sense for …
reviewed Komarr. March 28, 2011
I am reluctantly writing this review because Komarr is about the 9th book in the Vorkosigan series and thus rather far into it.  The story is sprinkled with references and in jokes from previous …
reviewed The Door into Summer. March 23, 2011
posted in SF Signal
The Door into Summer by Robert Heinlein
   People keep saying that old science fiction is dated.  Of course it is dated.  But how it is dated may be another reason for reading it.  The present is the result of decisions …
reviewed Nor Crystal Tears by Alan Dean Foster. February 20, 2011
Nor Crystal Tears by Alan Dean Foster
This is a "First Contact" sci-fi story.  The first meeting between humans and thranx.       Well there just isn't any nice way to say it.  The thranx are …
reviewed The Practice Effect by David Brin. January 30, 2011
The Practice Effect by David Brin
This is a rather tongue in cheek science fiction story.  It is not very serious.  In fact it is quite often hilarious.  The physics in the story is almost certainly impossible anywhere …
reviewed Uplift War by David Brin. January 24, 2011
Uplift War by David Brin
David Brin's Uplift universe is definitely a BIG CONCEPT paradigm.  Primitive Earthlings stumble upon advanced civilizations that haven't just existed for millions of years but BILLIONS of …
reviewed Voyage from Yesteryear. January 05, 2011
Voyage from Yesteryear
   This is a first contact story between humans and well, humans.      All really good science fiction stories create some kind of out of this world conditions which create …
reviewed Farseer Trilogy by Robert J. Sawyer. November 14, 2010
Farseer Trilogy by Robert J. Sawyer
What was your first impression?      This is a science fiction story without humans.  The cover aroused my curiosity.  I wanted to see what the author would do with intelligent …
reviewed The Two Faces of Tomorrow by James P..... October 30, 2010
The Two Faces of Tomorrow by James P. Hogan
What was your first impression?      The very first time I started reading this I got the impression that the blurbs on the outside were misleading.  It seemed to be more about …
reviewed Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to S.... October 30, 2010
Movie poster
What's the film about?      This film is about nuclear war.  It came out in January of 1964 and so was 9 months ahead of Fail-Safe.  But this was two years after the …
Star Trek - The Next Generation, Episode 42: Q
The story? Coherent or makes no sense?      This is the first Borg story and possibly the best.  It does cause a bit of confusion with The Neutral Zone episode though.  …
In the Pale Moonlight DS9 #141
The story?      The trouble with Deep Space Nine is that there are so many very good episodes it is difficult to select the best.  In the Pale Moonlight unquestionably ranks as …
Visionary DS9 #63 & Cause and Effect TNG #118
The story?      In general I don't like time travel stories.  They are against my religion.  Traveling backwards in time just isn't acceptable in my opinion.  …
reviewed Failsafe. October 03, 2010
Failsafe
What's the film about?      This is a story of nuclear brinksmanship that went just two cities too far.  Bombers with nuclear weapons are accidentally sent into the Soviet …
reviewed The House of Quark. October 02, 2010
The House of Quark
The story?      This is a fascinating story in multiple ways.  Quark claims to have killed a drunken obnoxious Klingon, named Kozak, in combat when actually he fell on his knife …
reviewed The Abyss. October 02, 2010
The Abyss
What was your first impression?      The very first time I saw this movie I thought it was great until the end.  Then it fell kind of flat.  But then came the *Special Edition* …
reviewed First Contact ST:TNG #89. October 02, 2010
First Contact ST:TNG #89
The story?      I consider this to be among the best Next Generation episodes.  With very little effort one can see humanity reflected in the aliens being contacted.  The …
Star Trek - The Original Series, Episode 28: The
The story?      Dr. McCoy engages in malpractice.  Kirk and Spock must purSUE him. How much did you see your favorite character?      The half-baked Spock …
reviewed Brainwave by Poul Anderson. September 27, 2010
Brainwave by Poul Anderson
What was your first impression?      Kill the Wabbit!  Kill the Wabbit!  How many SF novels start with a rabbit?  A wild rabbit is caught in a trap and oddly figures …
reviewed Amok Time TOS #30. September 20, 2010
Amok Time TOS #30
The story? Spock gets horny!  There just isn't any other way to put it.  But of course Vulcan physiology can't let this be dealt with in a normal manner so things get......complicated. …
reviewed Mirror, Mirror TOS #33. September 18, 2010
Mirror, Mirror TOS #33
The story? Four major characters are hurled into a parallel universe where history has taken a very different turn. How much did you see your favorite character?  This is the only place I ever …
reviewed Ensign Flandry by Poul Anderson. September 16, 2010
Ensign Flandry by Poul Anderson
   This is not the first story in the Flandry series by order of writing but it is the first in the life of the character.  The first story appeared in 1951 and this one is from 1966.  …
reviewed Spaceballs. September 08, 2010
Spaceballs
What was your first impression?  I started watching this expecting it to be dumb but it was truly hilarious.  It is still dumb if you think about it but it is not intended to be thought about …
reviewed The Proteus Operation. September 07, 2010
The Proteus Operation
What was your first impression?  This book is 25 years old.  I have known about it for a long time and although I have liked other books by Hogan I avoided this because I have an antipathy …
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