For the past few years, each April 26th I have to look up why it’s “Alien Day”. The date is named after the planet LV-426, where the xenomorphs are first encountered in the original, 1979 Ridley Scott film. Well, I’ve been a fan of the horror-scifi franchise since I saw the sequel, Aliens. I’ve since watch any film in the series (good and bad) and read a lot of the comics. So, anyway, happy Alien Day to my fellow sci-fi fans.
Amy Deng’s Oankali for an art exercise “Imagining the Oankali.” A Google image search for Oankali and Ooloi does’t turn up much other than a lot of rough fan art, but I liked this drawing a lot; as much because of its analytical approach as the representation itself. For the second year now, I’ve read… Continue reading Octavia Butler’s Oankali
Twenty Fourteen is shaping up to be a terrific year for my favorite authors and book series. Here are some of the books I can’t wait to read (in order of release date): 2/20: Influx by Daniel Suarez – I’ve not read the most recent books by Suarez, but I loved the Daemon series and… Continue reading Great Year for My Reading Habit
I recently listened to the direct-to-English translation of Solaris commissioned by Audible.com. While I could appreciate much of the novel, I frankly didn’t find it all that enjoyable of a read/listen. I felt guilty about my 3‑star review on Goodreads.com until I noticed that Patrick Rothfuss gave it 2 stars. Solaris by StanisÅ‚aw Lem My… Continue reading Solaris by Stanislaw Lem
I finished the audiobook of The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi multi-award winning novel about life in a dystopic Thailand after global warming and genetic engineering have wrecked much of modern society. Bacigalupi is a wonderful writer and it is an imaginative story, worthy of the praise and awards that were heaped on it after the… Continue reading The Windup Girl
Last night, I finished the final book in Dan Simmon’s epic science fiction tetralogy1, the Hyperion Cantos. My immediate reaction to the series’ conclusion was that I only want to read it again. They are just that great of a read. In fact, if anyone who knows me had read these previously and didn’t recommend them… Continue reading The Hyperion Cantos
Watching this video of the Festo AirPenguin, I’m reminded that everything in William Gibson (@greatdismal )‘s Bigend trilogy has already happened, just not yet in that order.
In the prologue, Anderson mentions that his research showed two camps: those above thirty who remain skeptical of anything labeled “free” and those under thirty who think anything digital is generally free. This age definition has nothing to do with Tim Leary and everything to do with the timing of the digital revolution. It was… Continue reading Free by Chris Anderson
Since I’ve been all about listening to audiobooks lately (actually, for the past year — just more recently of the fantasy genre), this link was pretty timely. Using some of the integrated Apple services and some scripting, macOSXhints user miketyson put together a Service in OS X to simply convert highlighted text to an Audiobook… Continue reading Convert Text to iTunes Audiobook
Oh, to have blogged in so long and only to come back with a measly list of fluff. Well, something’s better than nothing, right? I’ve been on a rather rampant fantasy kick as of late: “Dungeons & Dragons” — That venerable fantasy RPG lost one of it’s founders last month. However, not to be stopped, a new… Continue reading Five Fun Things Friday — Mid-April Edition