Hate to whine already, but if that's the Rocinante, the room is too big and the crash couch, well, it isn't a crash couch, it's a bunk. This is how two dimensional earth-bound thinking manifests itself in a zero-g fantasy environment. In a ship where there is essentially no up or down (and yes, I know the Roci enters… » 1/16/15 1:58pm 1/16/15 1:58pm

I read Ready Player One in literally a day. I could not put it down. I got the Wil Wheaton narrated audiobook a week later and have had Wesley Crusher read it to me at least twice now. The first time I finished the book my immediate thought was "Man, what a great book, I hope he doesn't ruin it by trying to turn this… » 1/16/15 1:47pm 1/16/15 1:47pm

I started reading SF and Fantasy in the late 70's when it was a man's world in both genres. I'm struck by how many women are publishing in both genre's today, and not just what I would call romance heavy "girl stuff" (forgive the term) either. There was a time when Ursula K. Le Guin was the only female writer on my… » 1/12/15 6:54pm 1/12/15 6:54pm

I always felt that Starfleet needed an outside consultant to come in and evaluate its processes to determine if it was making the best of use of the resources at its disposal. Take, for instance, the transporters – most underused piece of technology in all of the 23rd and 24th century. How many times has Dr. Crusher… » 1/08/15 2:43pm 1/08/15 2:43pm

Brandon Sanderson singlehandedly ripped Wheel of Time from the mire and muck of a half dozen horribly overwritten, under-edited, entries in a fantasy series that should have ended somewhere around book six. After my disgust with Book 10 - Crossroads of Twilight I gave up on WoT but thanks to a bunch of Audile credits… » 12/31/14 9:54am 12/31/14 9:54am

For Your Eyes Only was a sort of soft reboot of the Bond franchise. The films had grown steadily more outlandish with plots that involved world domination or destruction, doomsday weapons, ridiculous gadgets, and a larger than life James Bond with almost superhuman skills. This trend ultimately culminated in… » 12/10/14 3:24pm 12/10/14 3:24pm

Every piece of information leaked about Jurassic World just gets worse and worse. From a premise involving genetically enhanced super dinos and yeah, okay, why the hell would you want to take the most dangerous non-human carnivores to ever walk the earth and make them even more dangerous? And let's say you did it just… » 12/01/14 9:29am 12/01/14 9:29am

As good as TS3 was, I couldn't help but feel they missed a huge opportunity to bring back Kelsey Grammar ala Stinky Pete. I would have been one of the great Pixar moments to reveal, late in the film, that a revenge-hungry Stinky Pete was the real power behind the antagonist and the entire series of events were… » 11/07/14 9:20am 11/07/14 9:20am

Growing up in the late 70's, I was perfectly happy with four channels and forced, oftentimes, to watch shows I didn't want to watch that came on before shows that I did want to watch simply because watching something else required one to get up, walk to the television, turn a small round knob through 8 or 10 channels… » 10/10/14 12:44pm 10/10/14 12:44pm