“Oh, the pain! The pain!” Dr. Zachary Smith’s memorable catchphrase summarizes the mixed feelings I have when reflecting on the television show Lost in Space. The show aired between 1965-1968 for three seasons. I watched it as a kid alongside Star Trek during its long run in syndication. The show was fun yet frustrating and […]Read more "Surviving Lost in Space"
The space ship is one of the more common tropes in science fiction, ranging from rockets taking humans to new worlds to super-dreadnoughts going broadsides with one another and discharging projectiles, lasers, blasters, and torpedoes before boarding parties launch their attacks. Sometimes a ship is just a vessel, servicing the story and getting characters from […]Read more "Why Serenity is the Best Spaceship on Film."
Keep a light on. You might get eaten by a grue. And by “might be,” it will happen after your warning if you make a move into deeper darkness or don’t light your lantern. The monster was borrowed from Jack Vance’s Dying Earth and used post-Zork in other novels and games. There’s more than […]Read more "5 Things I Learned from Playing Zork"
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Richard Powers (1921-1996) is one of my favorite science fiction cover artists. Heavily influenced by the likes of Yves Tanguey and Picasso, his delightful vein of surrealism graced the covers of multiple classics of the genre (for example, Simak’s City, Clarke’s Earthlight and The City and…
Neal Stephenson’s Seveneves explores the premise ‘Could mankind in a couple of years take to high orbit to survive a world-destroying catastrophe?’ The catastrophe in question (early spoiler) is the moon blowing up. Enough of the debris is calculated to hit earth eventually, so mankind must mobilize to survive. Dreary stuff indeed. This is a […]Read more "Seveneves Review"