science fiction

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I’m a life-long fan of science fiction, mostly as a reader but occasionally as a book reviewer. Way back, when dinosaurs walked the earth, I even took a couple of science fiction literature classes. And, as readers of this blog well know, I love nothing better than a good list of books. So combining all…

I’m just finishing four weeks of vacation, a nice break from the regular routine. No, I don’t get the whole summer off because I work at a university. I do get four weeks of vacation every year and when you work at a university it just makes sense to take it all in the summer.…

Ah, zombies. I found myself feeling a certain, ah, nostalgia for the good old days when I used to post non-stop about shambling dead, decaying wrecks. The good old days, way back at the beginning of July and even earlier. I seem to be obsessed. So, from Cracked: 7 Scientific Reasons a Zombie Outbreak Would…

Review of: Makers by Cory Doctorow

I actually read the freely downloadable version of Cory Doctorow’s novel Makers on my Kobo ereader, even though I did buy the hardcover when it came out last year. Mostly, I wanted to check out the experience of reading a long text on my reader. Overall, the Kobo reading experience was terrific, not much different…

Ok, ok, this is the last zombie post, I promise. Here are some exmples of my favourite OTT, badass, crazy zombie fiction! The Book of the Dead is a classic collection of short stories that’s well worth reading. Monster Island: A Zombie Novel is the first in a trilogy. It’s one of those trilogies with…

Friday Fun: Why Zombies?

Noted zombie novelist Jonathan Maberry as a two part post on his blog, Why Zombies? and Why Zombies? – Part 2. The second post, btw, has one of the classic blog sentences of all time: “When I reached out to the zombie community to ask ‘WHY ZOMBIES?’ I got so many terrific responses that I…

Rather like a normal Friday Fun post, I’m going to highlight some fun stuff I’ve found around the web on zombies in higher education. And I’m not talking about undergrads at 9am classes either. Note that a couple of these I’ve highlighted before. BTW, first I thought I’d point out a couple of pop cultural…

Frederik Pohl on Alan Turing

Following up on my post from a few days ago, a short appreciation of Alan Turing by noted sf author Frederik Pohl: The close of Pride Month seems an apt time to talk about Alan Turing, inventor of the famed Turing Test for identifying independent intelligence in computers, worked for the British code breakers in…

I’ve been slowly dipping my toes into the manga universe, trying to expand my comics/graphic novel horizon. Moyasimon, for example — the 1st volume was very good. Beyond that, I’ve only read a couple of titles here and there. Of course, like any good librarian I’ve been looking for lists to help me in my…

If you love sword & sorcery books and stories (and who doesn’t!), SF Signal has one of their Mind Meld features in which they ask a bunch of writers and editors to name their favourites of the genre. Here’s a taste: Lou Anders “Ill met in Lankhmar” tops any list. How could it not? Fafhrd…

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