Star Trek: New Earth — Rough Trails

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{4.5/5} “They’re made at God, or fate, or Evan Pardonett for not protecting them from what everybody in Starfleet already knows — that the frontier isn’t romantic or poetic or glamorous. It’s just hard. Starfleet is just the easiest place to aim that anger, since they don’t want to aim it on themselves.” Star Trek: […]

Star Trek: New Earth — Belle Terre

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{4.5/5} “But he couldn’t imagine spending his life here, either, no matter how beautiful it was. Space was too big, with too many mysteries to explore. He didn’t mind guarding this colony for a while, as long as they needed him and the Enterprise. It was a challenge unlike any he had had before. But […]

Star Trek: Wagon Train to the Stars

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{4.5/5} “Only with great bitterness did he cling to the tiny thread that this is what he counted on McCoy to do, this kind of seething honesty that burned every decision down to its core. Kirk depended on the doctor’s natural dissent to read the handwriting on every wall.” Star Trek: New Earth — Wagon […]

Ancillary Mercy

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{5/5} “Anaander Mianaai is at war with herself… That war may reach Athoek, or it may not. Either way… We must see to the safety of the citizens here ourselves. All the citizens here, not just the ones with the right accents, or the proper religious beliefs.” Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie, published in 2015 […]

Ancillary Sword

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{4.5/5} “The poet had been executed fifteen hundred years ago — her version of the event had cast Anaander as the villain and ended with the promise that the dead Nakaaia would return to revenge herself. It had been almost utterly forgotten inside Radch space, because singing it, possibly even knowing it existed, could easily […]

TV show creators worth knowing about, part 5

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This list continues from part 4. Jay Beattie & Dan Dworkin This writing team co-created the shows Matador and Scream: The TV Series. They previously wrote episodes of shows like Revenge and Criminal Minds as well as the 2003 Dragnet. Great TV show The Crossing Michael Dinner Dinner has been a director on many TV […]

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

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{5/5} “Sand is overrated. It’s just tiny, little rocks.” Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, released in 2004 Joel ditches work one day and meets Clementine on the beach. She seems a bit unusual but over the course of a few encounters he warms up to her and they begin a relationship. Sometime later when […]

Star Trek: Double, Double

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{4.5/5} “He required food, oxygen, insulation from the cold of space. He could be stricken by disease, irreparably damaged through the use of force. And in time, he would simply die of old age. Androids, of course, had no such liabilities.” Star Trek: Double, Double by Michael Jan Friedman, published in 1989 Captain Kirk thought […]

Ancillary Justice

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{5/5} “I  had no reason to think badly of her. On the contrary, her manners were those of an educated, well-bred person of good family. Not toward me, of course — I wasn’t a person, I was a piece of equipment, a part of the ship. But I had never particularly cared for her.” Ancillary […]


Posted by Dave Switzer under My thoughts

Here’s an update to this list. Tim Burton’s movies Batman 1989 -> 4/5 (+) Batman Returns 1992 -> 2.5/5 Joel Schumacher‘s movies Batman Forever 1995 -> 3.5/5 Batman & Robin 1997 -> didn’t see it Christopher Nolan’s trilogy Batman Begins 2005 -> 5/5 The Dark Knight 2008 -> 4.5/5 (+) The Dark Knight Rises 2012 […]