Monthly Archives: July 2018

Guilty Pleasure: Ghosts of Mars

Ghosts of Mars has been universally panned by critics and earned only about half of its budget in the worldwide box office.  It’s safe to say that this move has been a miserable failure.  Despite this, I consider it a … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Three Body Problem by Liu Cixin

The 2015 Best Novel Hugo Award is a controversial book.  Some hail it as an excellent work of art, which truly deserves the Hugo award, while others see it as mediocre at best, not deserving the recognition.  I’m part of … Continue reading

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Movie review: The Last Man

Hayden Christensen just can’t get a break.  After his universally panned performance as Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars Episodes II and III (I’d argue that his performance was the result of the perfect storm of miscasting, poor script and directing, … Continue reading

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In Favor of Analog Technology

The analog vs. digital conflict is a staple in science fiction, but often it’s clumsily done.  The story between those two usually boils down to what we’ve seen in Pacific Rim: The supermodern digital technology is more vulnerable to attacks … Continue reading

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Modern Classic: Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson

Aurora is a difficult book.  It’s technical and depressing.  And yet, it’s one of the most accessible hard science fiction books I’ve read, with a compelling story and believable characters.  For me, this book was a page-turner, and I feel … Continue reading

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Anarchy Online: Remembering My Time on Rubi-Ka

Anarchy Online has recently celebrated its 17th birthday, and I’ve been inundated with e-mails and messages about returning to the game.  I didn’t.  But it made me reminisce about my life and deaths on Rubi-Ka, the world of the best … Continue reading

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