Oliver Wendell Holmes: A Life in War, Law, and Ideas by Stephen Budiansky (Historical Biography, 2019). This extensive and fair-minded biography of perhaps history’s single most influential Associate Justice of the American Supreme Court is something special, indeed. It gives us a great, nuanced portrait of a true intellectual, a man of convictions and courage. Yet […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Oliver Wendell Holmes"
Vessel by Lisa A, Nichols (SF Novel, May 2019). This debut novel is another near-future space-adventure. A mysterious disaster has struck the NASA spaceship Sagittarius after it passed through a wormhole to study a distant planet as a possible site for colonization. Out of contact for years, it was long presumed lost. But now it returns via the […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Vessel"
Permafrost by Alastair Reynolds (SF Novel, March 2019). I’m likely to catch flak from purists by tagging a time travel novel as “hard SF.” But in this case the author has gone all-out to present a fairly rigorous theoretical basis for how it’s achieved. No physical bodies are dispatched to what used to be part of […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Permafrost"
Relic by Alan Dean Foster. (Far Future SF Novel, 2018). A veteran and best-selling author published in a wide range of genres, but most famed for his SF work, Alan Dean Foster sets this thoughtful yet exciting book quite far in the distant future. How far distant? Well, the spreading of humanity through space to colonize […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Relic"
Cari Mora by Thomas Harris (Crime Thriller, May 2019). Thomas Harris is most famed for creating Hannibal Lector, but we shouldn’t forget he also came up with the female FBI agent Clarice Starling. In his latest crime novel, Harris introduces us to another strong woman battling extreme evil. Cari Mora is a native of Columbia, beautiful […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Cari Mora"
Delta-V by Daniel Suarez (Hard SF Novel, 2019). Delta-V is a fine example of high-tech and relentlessly ‘hard science’ near-future adventure. Suarez portrays a variety of environments on earth and in space with consistently sure-handed and detailed writing. He does not skimp on human interactions or get so lost in the plot that characterization is neglected. He opens […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Delta-V"
As always, I have a number of projects going at once. Hence this blog is in the nature of a ‘head’s up’ for any and all interested parties. In the next couple days (probably this Thursday), I’ll be posting my review of the 2013 film Lee Daniel’s The Butler here. It’s a somewhat fictionalized account of […]Read more "Various Coming Attractions"