Reading Galactic Patrol by E. E. "Doc" Smith is like finding a great-grandmaster key to twentieth century science fiction. This is the archetype not only to space opera, but to all of mainstream scifi in the twentieth century. After this, many things from the last 75 years just clicked, as
Will Smith's 2017 movie Bright was an early example of a big disparity between audience scores and professional reviewers, although in this case the audience only found it "okay", while often now the phenomenon produces outsized positive audience scores just to be contrary. I watched this movie and liked it.
Hacking Galileo by Fenton Wood is many things: an adventure, a lament for an age now lost, even a manual for subverting obsolete technology. This book is for the adults who once were the spergy GenX and GenY kids who are the stars of this book. The kids who built
Friend of the blog and author Fenton Wood has a new book out today, Hacking Galileo. I'll have a review up soon, as I enjoy Fenton's work immensely. A story untold for over 30 years... Teenage hacker Roger O. Miller made national headlines when he was arrested for hacking into
Following my online mentor John J. Reilly, I often refer to Northrop Frye’s Anatomy of Criticism when I write about stories. It is useful to have another point of reference for talking about the modes and structure of stories than Joseph Campbell, whose Hero’s Journey is the only
John Straang’s company is back, and everything is even weirder than before. It’s been twenty-five years since the Strange escaped from Crash, or Astralon, call it what you will. They limped away at sublight speeds, hoping for a better tomorrow. It didn’t come. Instead, Sergeant Orion and
Via Castalia House’s Sensor Sweep, here is a great blog post at Tentaclii listing some well-known authors who credit Rudyard Kipling as being an inspiration to the science fiction in general and them in particular. Despite being a very low stakes story, Kipling’s With the Night Mail is