Posted on February 4th, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{4.5/5} “As he raised his head he caught Storm’s eye; from the layers of expression crossing her face, Faller suspected she almost believed him now, and everything she thought she’d known about the world was collapsing.” Faller by Will McIntosh, published in 2016 The world used to be bigger. But no one knows what happened […]

Actors worth following, part 8

Posted on February 4th, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

This list continues from part 7. Kevin Costner Costner has a great screen presence and often plays an everyman thrust into extraordinary circumstances. He also directed Dances with Wolves and The Postman. Masterpieces Dances with Wolves Field of Dreams Hidden Figures Great movies The Bodyguard The Company Men Man of Steel The Untouchables Great at […]

Mayan civilization bigger than you thought

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

Archaeologists knew that the jungles of Guatemala were hiding more of the ancient Mayan civilization — but they didn’t know how much. Laser scans in an area of 2 100 square kilometres revealed 60 000 structures. They’re revising the estimates of the size of the society from 5 million people up to 10 to 15 […]

La La Land

Posted on February 1st, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{5/5} “No, Jamal. You be trippin’.” La La Land, released in 2016 Mia is trying to become an actress but so far her auditions aren’t going very well. Sebastian is a jazz pianist who keeps playing things his boss doesn’t want to hear and getting fired. Mia hears Sebastian play and thinks it’s amazing but […]

Please Stand By

Posted on January 31st, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{4.5/5} “This is what happens when you pee on the bus.” Please Stand By, released in 2017 Wendy lives in a group home, works at Cinnabon, and looks after her dog. She’s autistic, and she occasionally gets upset when things don’t go the way she wants. She’s written a “Star Trek” script for a contest […]

Four Ways to Forgiveness

Posted on January 30th, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{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

Posted on January 28th, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

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

Posted on January 28th, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

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

Best computer games from 1985

Posted on January 27th, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  1 Comment »

My 2 favourite computer games from when I was a kid are available on the web. The computer we had at the time was a Commodore 128. Other games I played include Bruce Lee, Impossible Mission, Jumpman, and Space Taxi. Lode Runner You control a guy who moves around and collects gold. You have to […]

Author discovery of the year

Posted on January 24th, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

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 […]