Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking (Science Essays, 2018). The most renowned scientist since Einstein, Stephen Hawking had assembled the ten essays on major (and in some ways controversial) science-and-philosophy-related issues facing the world’s people before his death. Now they have been published posthumously, book-ended by thoughtful remembrances of the man by actor […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Brief Answers to the Big Questions"
Rewrite by Gregory Benford (SF/Time Travel Novel, 2018). A much-honored and old-school SF writer, Gregory Benford built a considerable reputation for works of a “hard science” nature. As such, some readers and critics were doubtless surprised when, in the 1970s, he produced Timescape. In general, time travel books are considered prime examples of the less-than-realistic sort of […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Rewrite"
The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi (SF Novel, October 2018). Scalzi, the reigning master of intelligent space operas, opens a new series with this typically inventive and absorbingly written novel. The Interdependency is a sprawling interstellar empire that was built around a religion created cynically by a super-rich family over a thousand years ago. The Wu […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: The Consuming Fire"
Arrival (Theatrical Science Fiction Movie, 2016). This film, based on a story by Ted Chang, one of the very best of the younger generation of SF authors, earned a fistful of Academy Award nominations. It won in one technical category (sound) and could’ve easily earned more. If it wasn’t that year’s actual Best Picture, it was […]Read more "FILM REVIEW: Arrival"
Leverage in Death by J.D. Robb (SF/Crime Novel, September 2018). The seemingly endless “In Death” series blends multiple genres (crime/mystery, near-future SF, and erotic romance) to very entertaining effect. It’s set roughly 40 years in the future, in New York City and features redoubtable New York Homicide Lieutenant Eve Dallas, her super-rich businessman husband (and roguish onetime […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Leverage in Death"
Murder in Bloomsbury by D.M. Quincy (Historical Mystery Novel, February 2018). An award-winning journalist, D.M. Quincy turned to fictional crime successfully with Murder in Mayfair, a historical mystery set in early 19th century England. That introduced readers to Atlas Catesby, an aristocratic world traveler turned amateur detective. Here, Catesby and those around him return to get involved […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Murder in Bloomsbury"
John Woman by Walter Mosley (Contemporary Novel, September 2018). Mosley is one of our most varied and interesting contemporary authors, not to mention frequently honored, prolific and best-selling. This time out he’s offered us a striking book that combines psychological character study, musings about the philosophy of and practice of history, the internal backbiting and politics […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: John Woman"