Star Trek: Discovery — Drastic Measures

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of books

{4.5/5} “Ribiero simply wasn’t suited to crisis management. On the other hand, Kodos acted as though he was born to do it. Looking back on it, he came off somewhat less emphatic than I remember. Instead, he was cool, almost detached in a way… If only one of us had been smart enough to see […]

Black Mirror (season 4 episode 1)

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{5/5} “Press any button, they’re all the same.” Black Mirror season 4 episode 1, aired in 2017 Nanette wakes up and finds herself seemingly aboard a starship, like in “Star Trek.” She soon finds out that her boss at work, Robert, has stolen her identity and plans to force her to do his bidding in […]

Star Trek: Titan — Fortune of War

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{4.5/5} “If you’re selling flotation devices, you add a markup when the customer’s drowning. Any Ferengi child knows that… At least they used to, before Nagus Rom and all his fairness and equality claptrap.” Star Trek: Titan — Fortune of War by David Mack, published in 2017 Twenty years ago the Husnock were obliterated — […]

Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams (season 1)

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{4.5/5} “Like… a coherent dream. Stable, rational. Longer I was there the more familiar it became. I remembered it — I remembered my life there. That’s the eerie part, like I was remembering my real life for the first time.” Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams season 1, aired in 2017-18 In “The Hood Maker” telepaths […]

Star Trek: Discovery (season 1)

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{4.5/5} “I look around here and I just… I see people living their lives. Maybe it’s not normal to us but in their own way ordinary. The emperor was wrong, this is a home. And if we give the Federation targets to attack it won’t ever be the same.” Star Trek: Discovery season 1, aired […]

Star Trek: DS9 Gamma — Original Sin

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{4.5/5} “He wondered how he would be remembered, and what history would say about his role in ending the tyranny that the Avatar brought with her. Many had interpreted The Book of Ohalu, but none had read the prophecies with the clarity and understanding that he finally had.” Star Trek: DS9 Gamma — Original Sin […]

Four Ways to Forgiveness

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{5/5} “Peace was the true life, the life of working and learning and bringing up children to work and learn. War, which devoured work, learning, and children, was the denial of reality.” Four Ways to Forgiveness by Ursula K. Le Guin, published in 1995 In “Betrayals” Yoss’s daughter and her family have gone off world […]

History of SF as a graphic chronology

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Here’s the history of science fiction, as drawn by Ward Shelley. Click on the image to blow it up: The History of Science Fiction You can find out more about it on Shelley’s website, here: Home Page: Ward Shelley (click on “History of Science Fiction”)

Striking science fiction artwork

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Here is some science fiction artwork I came across that I love — it’s by Oleksiy Rusyuk. Images: A Collection Of Sci-Fi Concept Art From Oleksiy Rusyuk

Author discovery of the year

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Here’s an update to this list. Sometimes you just need 4 runner ups. Year Winner Runner ups 2017 Adrian Tchaikovsky Mary Doria Russell Marie Brennan Paolo Bacigalupi   2016 Claire North Ken Liu Erin Morgenstern Hal Clement Emily St. John Mandel 2015 Charles Stross Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson Tony Daniel     2014 […]