Inferno

Posted on April 19th, 2024 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{4.5/5} “Revolutions made for complicated politics, caused fortunes to be made and lost, changed friends to enemies, enemies to friends. Shared assumptions turned into points of controversy during the night. The invaluable turned worthless, and what had been common became rare — and priceless. New ways of making a living, new ways of committing a […]

Caliban

Posted on April 17th, 2024 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{4.5/5} “We believe in robots. We have faith in them — firm, unquestioned faith in them… And yet we Spacers despise the thing we worship. We love robotics and yet hold robots themselves in the lowest of regard. Who among us has not felt contempt toward a robot?” Caliban by Roger MacBride Allen, published in […]

The Downloaded

Posted on April 15th, 2024 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{4.5/5} “The harsh reality of any advanced civilization is this: privacy can’t be tolerated, lest, in some dark recess, a malcontent plots to unleash atomic or biological weapons, computer viruses, antimatter, or any other technology that poses an existential threat.” The Downloaded by Robert J. Sawyer, published in 2023 Roscoe killed a guy who’d bullied […]

Star Trek: Discovery — Somewhere to Belong

Posted on April 14th, 2024 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{4.5/5} “We have survived as a civilization because each of us understands our commitment to the whole… Thanks to uncounted severe lessons, we have come to understand we can rely on no one but ourselves. In the end, we are the only ones who have never disappointed us — or betrayed us.” Star Trek: Discovery […]

Robots and Empire

Posted on April 12th, 2024 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{4.5/5} “There will, however, be a period of time during which the Spacers will remain stronger than Earth and its Settlers, though by a steadily diminishing margin. Eventually, the Spacers will inevitably become aware of Earthpeople as a growing danger. At that time the Spacer worlds will surely decide that Earth and the Settlers must […]

The Robots of Dawn

Posted on April 7th, 2024 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{4.5/5} “It was a wasteful and inefficient procedure and there are now no Earthpeople that we will allow to serve as further settlers. We have become Spacers, long-lived and healthy, and we have robots who are infinitely more versatile and flexible than those available to the human beings who originally settled our worlds. Times and […]

Run the Burbs (season 3)

Posted on April 6th, 2024 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{4.5/5} “You remind me of a young me, except with taller hair.” Run the Burbs season 3, aired in 2023 At a community yard sale Camille’s cookbook from her mother accidentally gets sold. Andrew accidentally takes bribes to get people’s kids into summer camp. Andrew and Camille’s doctor retires and they have trouble finding a […]

The Naked Sun

Posted on April 3rd, 2024 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{4.5/5} “His teeth chattered when he tried to talk and he had to force his words out in little bits. It hurt his eyes to look so far at a horizon so hazy green and blue and there was only limited relief when he looked at the pathway immediately before his toes. Above all, he […]

The Caves of Steel

Posted on March 31st, 2024 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{4.5/5} “Before the Cities, human life on Earth wasn’t so specialized that they couldn’t break loose and start all over on a raw world. They did it thirty times. But now, Earthmen are all so coddled, so enwombed in their imprisoning caves of steel, that they are caught forever.” The Caves of Steel by Isaac […]

Pebble in the Sky

Posted on March 31st, 2024 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{4.5/5} “To the rest of the Galaxy, if they are aware of us at all, Earth is but a pebble in the sky. To us it is home, and all the home we know. Yet we are no different from you of the outer worlds, only more unfortunate. We are crowded here on a world […]