The World Isn't That Bad

07/26/2016 04:46:20 AM

Over the last few weeks the news has seemed pretty bleak. There have been shootings, ax attacks and people being driven down in their cars. Isis seems to be as strong as ever and it's hard to forget about global warming during the hottest summer ...

The White Mage Omnibus

06/07/2016 18:02:40 PM

The White Mage Saga is never going to be my favorite series and it's probably not going to be the first book I recommend to anyone, but then I'm a bit old for the series and not it's target audiance. Still it is a good, solid well told story ...

The Hugo Awards. Let's do Better this Year.

04/27/2016 18:58:47 PM

The Hugo Awards are here again and it should be a moment when I'm excited. I love science fiction and fantasy and having a list of books that came out that are good should make me happy. But sadly the last few years the Hugo Awards have left ...

The Flash Versus Zoom: Barry's Selfish Decision

04/20/2016 02:12:58 AM

The Flash is one of my favorite shows on TV. I almost always enjoy it. I like the characters and I like the writing. Which is why I was so frustrated by some of the decisions made in the episode that came out today. (Season 2, Episode 18 "Versus ...

Why Lightsabers are a Bad Weapon

04/12/2016 02:33:44 AM

I know they look cool and are fun to imagine but the truth is that the Lightsaber is a terrible weapon. It has a number of problems any one of which would make it far less useful than an average weapon. To examine it fairly I am willing to accept ...

JB-007 Theory

04/10/2016 05:09:35 AM

I haven't written much about Star Wars: The Force Awakens because the truth is that I haven't had all that much to add. I like Star Wars but I'm not the type of super-fan that has much new to add, but there was one part in The Force Awakens ...

Virtual Reality: Beyond Gaming

03/23/2016 05:41:07 AM

Virtual reality is coming. There are a number of excellent looking devices and while they are expensive now the price will come down just like every other consumer device. But they will become truly important when people begin to understand ...

Supergirl: Something that Needs to Happen

03/21/2016 20:58:48 PM

I have been watching Supergirl since it came out. It's certainly not the perfect show but it has been worth watching. This isn't a review though it's a single point of one thing that need to happen on the show soon.

A Strange Moment

02/23/2016 17:25:43 PM

I had a strange moment yesterday watching the Xfiles finalie. (There may be some minor spoilers.) To begin I'll say that the xfiles episode was OK, and that I really hope that they had an actual ending written and decided to go with this when ...

Buffy: Once More With Feeling. Best TV Episode Ever.

11/17/2015 19:35:28 PM

I don’t watch reruns much. If there is a TV show I really love I might watch it every ten years but even then I tend to skip a lot of episodes. It’s largely the same with movies. I don’t believe I’ve ever watched a movie more

Jaws 19

10/22/2015 03:46:16 AM

I went to the theater and watched Back to the Future today. It was a lot of fun, but then I knew it would be having seen the movies a few dozen times each. But this trailer was a great suprize. Hope you enjoy it.

Book Review: Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

09/30/2015 23:07:45 PM

I think Neil Stephenson is a good writer. I’m not sure if he’s a great writer and Seveneves is a perfect example of why. This isn’t a book I would recommend to anyone who hasn’t read Neil Stephenson before. He simply has bette

Heroes Reborn: Episode 1

09/25/2015 00:32:02 AM

I was as big a fan of heroes as anyone. I didn’t give up in the second or third season and I would have kept watching if it had kept going then. But when I heard it was coming back, while excited, I was a bit unsure. Some of the biggest draws ...

Dr Who Season Primer: The Magician's Apprentice

09/21/2015 02:17:16 AM

One of the things I love about science fiction is it’s ability to surprise me. This doesn’t happen as much as I would like even in the great shows, but it’s great when it does. One of the shows that does that the best is Dr. Who. A


09/08/2015 17:14:50 PM

A quick apology to anyone who has tried to comment on anything. It appears to be broken. I'm not sure how long since it works fine when I'm logged into the page and didn't notice until someone sent me an email, but I'm working on fixing it. ...

YouTube Spotlight: Numberphile

09/07/2015 03:40:26 AM

One of the things that I like about YouTube is the many changes to watch things that are educational. I don’t take advantage of that as often as I should, but one of the shows that I watch fairly often is Numberphile. Numberphile

YouTube Spotlight: Death Battle

09/05/2015 02:09:50 AM

There are plenty of places where you can listen to people who would win in a fight and a lot of them are good, but I’ve never found anyone who is as entertaining as the people at ScrewAttack who make Death Battle. That is because Death Battle ...

YouTube Spotlight: Emergency Awesome

09/03/2015 04:37:09 AM

I’ve found myself recently watching more YouTube. Some of that is the time of the year, but there is also a ton of great stuff on YouTube so I wanted to focus on a few of my favorite creators. In this case I wanted to discuss Emergency Aw ...

Defiance: It's worth watching

08/29/2015 01:33:19 AM

I wasn’t convinced by Defiance at first. I like big science fiction and the trend towards trying to make it small bugs me. I liked the K-files as much as anyone but I also love Star Trek because it can do things other shows can’t. Defia ...

What are the Whitewalkers in Game of Thrones?

06/01/2015 20:40:59 PM

I recently got thinking about the Whitewalkers from Game of Thrones again for some reason

Kung Fury Review

05/29/2015 16:35:53 PM

It's hard to review comedies. Either you find them funny or you don't. I found Kung Fury funny and I think most people who grew up in the 1980's would as well. But it isn't just a parody of 1980's movies. We've had more than enough of those. ...

Leaked Supergirl Pilot Review

05/23/2015 04:34:44 AM

I had a nice surprise today. I was looking at some websites and saw that the Supergirl pilot had been leaked online. I don’t normally watch things that I’m not supposed to but it’s six months until the show is out and so I decided t

Review: My Father’s Country By Saima Wahab

05/08/2014 16:49:32 PM

With the movement recently for more diverse books I decided I should pick up something complexly different from what I typically read and review. As cultural experiences go I don’t think I could get a lot more different from Siama Wahab the ...

Arc Review: Skin Game by Jim Butcher (A Dresden Files Book)

05/01/2014 12:54:02 PM

After reading the first fourteen books in the Dresden Files series there seemed little doubt that I was going to love Skin Game by Jim Butcher. The only real question was whether I was going to like it more or less than other books in the s ...

Hugo Nomination Review: Selkie Stories are for Losers by Sofie Samatar

04/26/2014 11:41:35 AM

I clearly don't get it. That is all I can really say about "Selkie Stories are for Losers". Perhaps if I read or knew anything about Selkie stories I would be a bit more connected to this, and I know I'm not the target audiance but even with ...

Hugo Nominee Review: The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere by John Chu

04/23/2014 22:18:07 PM

ugo awards have been announced and since I’ve been wanting to read some above average science fiction I decided to read the short story nominations. The first of these is “The Water That Falls On You from Nowhere.” By John Chu, whic

Captain America: Winter Soldier Questions

04/06/2014 03:08:53 AM

There are roughly a million reviews of Captain America: Winter Soldier already on the internet and so it seems pointless to write a straight review. The movie was good, the action was a bit hard to see at points, but unless you hated the first ...

Review: Bow Shock by Gregory Benford

03/26/2014 19:05:01 PM

Writers have a lot of ways of reminding themselves to remove excess words. Some of my favorite are kill your darlings, brevity is the soul of whit, start as close to the stories end as possible and try to leave out the parts that people skip. ...

Review: The Girl with the Killer Eyes by B. B. Kristopher

03/21/2014 20:07:06 PM

I like stories about superheros. Of course like most people I generally read them in comic form, but while comics do lend themselves to the action of super heroes there is no reason they need to be in comic form and there are things you can ...

Review: Dog Soldier by Garth Nix

03/20/2014 17:58:34 PM

I don’t know if there is a generally accepted way to organize an anthology. Do you put the story that you think is best at the front or at the end, and if the first story isn’t your favorite do you pick one that is the best representati ...

Nora's Song by Cecelia Holland (Dangerous Women Anthology)

12/19/2013 02:52:59 AM

Some people say that it is easier to write reviews of things you don’t care for. Perhaps that is true if it’s something that is clearly bad, but when I read a story that falls flat I tend to assume it was mostly my fault as a reader. I ...

A Few Scene Notes on The Desolation of Smaug

12/17/2013 02:37:06 AM

I watched The Desolation of Smaug today and overall I really enjoyed it, but rather than a review I decided to give a few quite notes on how to improve a one of the scenes, just in case there is still room in the extended version. For the first ...

My Heart is Either Broken, by Megan Abbott (From Dangerous Women)

12/16/2013 02:10:40 AM

There are only a handful of stories I have ever read which I dislike because of how well written they are. But “My Heart is Either Broken” by Megan Abbott is one of them. I will reiterate before going on that this was a very well written ...

Review: Some Desperado from Joe Abercrombie (From Dangerous Women)

12/10/2013 10:31:21 AM

I don’t read westerns. I have nothing against them, but I’ve never really cared, and beyond that I’ve never read anything by Joe Abercrombie, so when I picked up Some Desperado it was at a considerable disadvantage. One which was in

Is Castle Now a Science Fiction Series?

10/22/2013 03:36:30 AM

Castle is one of my favorite shows currently on the air, but it rarely fits onto a science fiction blog as it is a reasonably traditional detective show, albeit with a well known science fiction actor as the titular character. This week in, ...

Superman: Man of Steel and Superman Vs. The Elite

07/05/2013 23:29:32 PM

I generally liked Man of Steel, though I saw some of its flaws and question a few decisions that may or may not have been flaws. That said, there has been a lot of discussion about a point at the end. That is Superman’s decision to (SPOILERS) ...

Star Trek: Deep Space 9: Avatar Part 1 and 2 (books)

05/16/2013 01:07:16 AM

Deep Space 9 is my favorite Star Trek series, and yet while I do occasionally read a Star Trek book I had never read any of the Deep Space 9 books. This is because the series actually had an ending which ended things, but while it might be a ...

Iron Man 3: On The Mandarin

05/10/2013 01:02:56 AM

There are more than enough reviews of Iron Man 3 out there already so I won’t be

TV Show Review: Revolution

05/01/2013 03:08:14 AM

I wasn’t completely convinced when Revolution came on the air. I’m not a huge fan of the post apocalyptic vision of the future. But I want more science fiction on TV so I gave revolution a chance and it has grown on me over the season a ...

Video Game: The Binding of Isaac

04/29/2013 07:50:01 AM

Independent video games can be a bit hit or miss, but in large part this happens because they can take risks it theme and game play in a way that a game that takes years and costs millions to make cant. The Binding of Isaac mixes some of the ...