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The Perpetual Motion Club
This novel is set in a near-future high school. It is similar to, and very different from, today's high school.      Northawken High School is full of the usual high school cliques. …
reviewed Red Sky Radio. June 13
Red Sky Radio
Red Sky Radio, Matt Howarth, 2011, ISBN 9780615520698      Set in the far future, this book is about a group of freelancers who harvest gases from a Jovian planet.      …
reviewed Lockdown. May 14
Lockdown
This novel is about a man who did a considerate thing, and is paying for it, big time.      The good thing that Samuel Rochez did was to keep a bomb from exploding, that would have …
reviewed The Martian Chronicles (The Grand Mas.... January 29
The Martian Chronicles (The Grand Master Editions)
I don’t often re-read books.  Like most of you, I probably have thousands I’d like to read, and rarely do I see the value in perusing something I’ve already perused again.  …
reviewed In the Balance, by Harry Turtledove. December 08, 2013
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In the Balance, by Harry Turtledove
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 Terminator 2: Judgment Day. November 28, 2013
posted in Movie Hype
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
The Terminator is one of the most iconic characters in popular culture, but his track record is rather bumpy. He had a strong start in a debut movie that is a classic of science fiction. He followed it …
reviewed Section 51 (Project Solstice). November 23, 2013
Section 51 (Project Solstice)
First of a series, this science fiction/paranormal novel is about Ava Frost, part of a set of triplets. She has always had a strong empathic connection with her brother, Ian, until the day that he "disappears." …
reviewed Xander Caine and the Alien Prophecy. October 13, 2013
This young adult novel is about a person's physical and emotional journey.      Xander has lived a life of wealth and privilege. It has taken him a long time to realize that people …
reviewed Star Wars: Book of Sith. September 28, 2013
Star Wars: Book of Sith
There are a million little bits and pieces of the Star Wars expanded universe, and of all of them, the one that fascinates me the most is the history of the Sith. Their history is uniquely odd; at one …
reviewed Vic: Time Doesn't Matter. September 04, 2013
This is the story of a love that really does span the ages.      The first two parts of this book are actually abridged versions of a pair of Edgar Rice Burroughs novels (that is why …
reviewed Alternative Lives. August 29, 2013
Alternative Lives
This novel is about a journey into a little-known part of the human psyche: what happens when we sleep.      Harold Treadwell is a professor at Jess Hawkins University in Philadelphia. …
Menial: Skilled Labor in Science Fiction
Most science fiction stories are bout tall, square-jawed adventurers exploring the galaxy and singlehandedly vanquishing the alien foe. What about the people who perform the unexciting "blue collar" …
reviewed Gene Pool: Unnatural Selection. August 18, 2013
Gene Pool: Unnatural Selection
This book is about a world totally changed by genetic engineering.      GeneTech is, by far, the biggest company in the world. Human youth treatments, that make people look younger …
reviewed Gynocracy. August 17, 2013
Gynocracy
This near future science fiction story is about a young man who suddenly finds himself in a very dangerous situation.      Steve Kowalski is a teenaged crew member on the "Phoenix," …
reviewed The Moon Is Not For Sale. August 16, 2013
The Moon Is Not For Sale
Here is a novel of intrigue set mostly on the Moon.      The operation of a processing plant to mine Helium-3 from the Moon was supposed to be totally automated. That didn't work, …
reviewed The Thing (1982 film). August 10, 2013
posted in Movie Hype
The Thing (1982 film)
My first encounter with John Carpenter's The Thing was back around November of 2001, where I only saw a snippet of the movie on TNT. Just my luck, I tuned in at one of the most gruesome scenes in …
reviewed Son of Sedonia. August 08, 2013
Son of Sedonia
This story is about a young man who is the spark needed to bring change to a near-future Earth.      Less than 100 years from now, Sedonia City is home to over 40 million people. It …
reviewed Star Wars: The Old Republic - Revan. August 08, 2013
Star Wars: The Old Republic - Revan
Drew Karpyshyn isn't exactly a real prominent name when it comes to the Star Wars expanded universe. He's written only a handful of books, but his contributions have been pretty notable: He is responsible …
reviewed Wildcatter. August 07, 2013
Wildcatter
Throughout history, there have always been people willing to risk large amounts of money looking for something lucrative in places where no one else is looking. Wildcatters are best known in the oil drilling …
reviewed Welcome to Sarnia. August 06, 2013
Welcome to Sarnia
In Mankind's expansion through the galaxy, one of its conquests was the inhabited planet of Sarnia. They ran the planet for about 40 years, until they were beaten by the Mi'ukmac. That was over …
Tesseracts Sixteen: Parnassus Unbound
This latest collection of speculative fiction stories and poems from Canada focuses on the subjects of culture and the arts.      A long-time rock music fan is looking for the ultimate …
posted a Quick Tip about RoboCop. June 12, 2013
RoboCop
Brutally murdered police officer is transformed into a state of the art cyborg police officer. Excellent take of big business and politics with satire and mixes in a big dose of special effects and action. …
reviewed Star Trek (2009). March 23, 2013
Star Trek Poster
What was your first impression? Very negative        Plot summary? A new cast of the characters having the same name is introduced with a new storyline. Kirk and Spock forge …
posted a Quick Tip about Watchmen (graphic novel). March 18, 2013
Watchmen
Although comic books have been evolving for years, I really think it was the publication of WATCHMEN which proved to general audiences that the medium could have narratives worthy of effective literature.  …
posted a Quick Tip about The Thing (1982 film). March 16, 2013
posted in Movie Hype
The Thing (1982 film)
John Carpenter's The Thing is one of my absolute favorite horror movies.  Even though the movie came out in 1982, Rob Bottin's special effects still look absolutely disgusting and amazing …
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