History of SF as a graphic chronology

Posted by Dave Switzer under From the web

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

Posted by Dave Switzer under My thoughts

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 […]

Batman

Posted by Dave Switzer under My thoughts

Here’s an update to this list. The quadrilogy Batman 1989 -> 4/5 (+) Batman Returns 1992 -> 2.5/5 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 -> 4/5 Animated movies […]

Lockstep

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of books

{4.5/5} “But what if you could click a pause button when you leave — a pause button for your whole world? And when you get back from your round-trip, you unpause it and it’s like you were never away? That’s the main reason why our whole world winters over. All the Lockstep worlds pause and […]

Omni (Winter 2017)

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{5/5} “From brutal genocides, to generations of slavery, to famines, the tragedies endured by our ancestors may linger in our bodies and influence the outcome of our lives. Now scientists are saying that this kind of trauma can alter expression of our genes — including those that cause cancer and control stress in the brain.” […]

Reamde

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{4.5/5} “Large swaths of the global economy were, it now seemed, being remapped onto their T’Rain equivalents so that they could be transacted in a Medieval Armed Combat setting. Demonstrable improvements in productivity were being trumpeted every day on the relevant section of Corporation 9592’s website (by a medieval herald, naturally, and with an actual […]

Star Wars

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Here’s an update to this list. Here are my mini-reviews of the first 6 movies. The original trilogy Episode IV: A New Hope 1977 -> 3.5/5 (+) Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back 1980 -> 4.5/5 (+) Episode VI: Return of the Jedi 1983 -> 4/5 (+) The prequel trilogy Episode I: The Phantom Menace […]

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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{5/5} “Impressive. Every word in that sentence was wrong.” Star Wars: The Last Jedi, released in 2017 Rey wants Luke Skywalker to train her, but he isn’t interested after what happened with Ben Solo — who became Kylo Ren. Meanwhile, the Resistance is on the run from the First Order. When General Leia Organa is […]

Best tie-in novels by year

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Here’s an update to this list.   Winner Runner Ups Year Author Title Author Title 2017 David Mack DISCO: Desperate Hours Christopher L. Bennett TOS: The Face of the Unknown       Christopher L. Bennett ST: Department of Temporal Investigations — Shield of the Gods       David R. George III DS9: The Long […]