Nova

Posted on September 20th, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{3/5} “Whenever I’ve experienced a re-run, they’ve cut out the actual death. But five billion-odd were subjected to all the emotions of a man, about to be sworn in as Secretary of the Pleiades, suddenly attacked by a madman and killed.” Nova by Samuel R. Delany, published in 1968 Lorq von Ray hires a crew […]

The silver lining of Donald Trump

Posted on September 19th, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

Here’s a video from the New York Times YouTube channel. Many horrible things have happened because of Trump, but what’s also happened is that people are more engaged in democracy and have contributed more money to progressive organizations. Trump Is Making America Great Again. Just Not the Way He Thinks. | NYT – Opinion

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

Posted on September 19th, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{5/5} “This is the best life I could ever have possibly chosen, Captain. This is what I joined Starfleet for — to see the galaxy, to go where no one’s gone before. I’ve tasted the fruits of planets I couldn’t have even dreamed of, seen places and people no human may ever see again.” (from […]

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

Posted on September 16th, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{5/5} “I hate to pull the my-past-is-a-sad-story card, but listen: I am the end product of a few very stupid, well-intentioned people who thought it would be a great idea to redefine Humanity. It didn’t start with much. A tweak here, a splice there. But things escalated, as they always do, until it became something […]

The Light of Other Days

Posted on September 13th, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{4.5/5} “It was telling that these images, which would have been shockingly revealing just a few months ago, now blared multicolored in the middle of the afternoon from stands in the main street of this Mormon community, unregarded by almost everyone, young and old, children and churchgoers alike.” The Light of Other Days by Arthur […]

The Humans

Posted on September 9th, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{5/5} “Humans, as a rule, don’t like mad people unless they are good at painting, and only then once they are dead. But the definition of mad, on Earth, seems to be very unclear and inconsistent. What is perfectly sane in one era turns out to be insane in another.” The Humans by Matt Haig, […]

League of Peoples

Posted on September 7th, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

Here’s an update to this list. In this universe no murderer, otherwise known as a dangerous non-sentient being, can leave their planet — the League of Peoples always stops them. Festina Ramos stories Expendable 1997 -> 4.5/5 Vigilant 1999 -> 4.5/5 Hunted 2000 -> 4.5/5 Ascending 2001 -> 4.5/5 Radiant 2004 -> 5/5 Other stories […]

Vigilant

Posted on September 7th, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{4.5/5} “Before legislators voted on a bill, the proctor scrutinizing that vote could set a test to determine whether the politicians understood what the bill actually meant. Those who failed the test could only sit and grind their teeth in public humiliation while those who passed made an informed decision.” Vigilant by James Alan Gardner, […]

Star Trek: TNG — Q are Cordially Uninvited…

Posted on September 5th, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{4.5/5} “It’s not easy having relationships with people when you’re intrinsically so much more interesting than everyone else.” — Q Q are Cordially Uninvited… by Rudy Josephs, published in 2014 Jean-Luc Picard and Beverly Crusher are finally getting married. Q shows up and sends Picard and Vash to Myndra to search for the fabled Treasure […]

The Far Side Gallery

Posted on September 3rd, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{5/5} “After 23 uneventful years at the zoo’s snakehouse, curator Ernie Schwartz has a cumulative attack of the willies.” The Far Side Gallery by Gary Larson, published in 1984 They build the Great Wall of China to keep a dog out. Dorothy, the Scarecrow, and the Tin Man meet joggers on the Yellow Brick Road. […]