Today I Am Carey by Martin L. Shoemaker (SF Novel, March 2019). The idea of the android/robot/Artificial Intelligence that is given or develops human emotions has been a recurrent trope since the genre’s pulp era, if not earlier. “I, Robot” (the short story from the 1930’s, not the title of the later Asimov collection) comes immediately […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Today I Am Carey"
Regardless of genre, this is one of the finest films of recent years. It’s certainly among the most mature SF pieces of the decade, wonderfully detailed and realistic, with masterful direction by Ridley Scott and with maybe Matt Damon’s best acting work ever. Based on Andy Weir’s debut novel, the film centers on Mark Watney […]Read more "FILM REVIEW: The Martian (2015)"
Red Moon by Kim Stanley Robinson (SF Novel, October 2018). One of the current leaders in ‘hard’ SF, Kim Stanley Robinson turns his eye to our one natural satellite about 30 years in the future. And along with rigorous depictions of various lunar landscapes and how humans react to the moon’s slight gravity, Robinson (as always) […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Red Moon"
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"
Outpost: Donovan, Book One by W. Michael Gear (SF Novel, 2018). This action-packed SF novel is based on the planet Donovan (named for the first explorer to die there). It’s the opening book of a trilogy and decently complete unto itself. In any case, the next two in the series are also available by now. Donovan […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Outpost"
Change Agent by Daniel Suarez (Near-Future Techno-Thriller, 2017). In this high-stakes and high-tech thriller Daniel Suarez peers not quite 30 years into the future. He foresees 2045 as a world where a combination of global warming, ubiquitous 3D printing technology, ultra-cheap robotic mechanization and in particular a revolution in genetic manipulation has radically restructured the human […]Read more "REVIEWED: Change Agent"
For Love and Glory by Poul Anderson. (SF Novel, 2003). Poul Anderson (1926-2001) was one of the last surviving Big Name Writers of that bunch of authors who gave the world the so-called Golden Age of Science Fiction. He was of the hard-science school of thought overall and won pretty much every award the field had […]Read more "REVIEWED: For love and Glory"
Lock In by John Scalzi (SF novel, 2014) I reviewed another book by Scalzi a few weeks ago. That one was part of his Old Man’s War series of space-going adventure. Today I look at his stand-alone/non-series novel Lock In. In this near-future thriller, a strange new disease has reshaped our world. For most people, it […]Read more "REVIEWING: LOCK IN"
I started reading the new (May/June) issue of THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION after last night’s Penguin game. A standout was Brian Trent’s “Last of the Sharkspeakers.” Set on the drawf planet Ceres in the far future, it has to do with the guided evolution of people adapting to living in space (or […]Read more "BRIAN TRENT’S New Story"