Category Archives: SF/Fantasy

Suns, long and short

For the past few months I’ve worked my way through Gene Wolfe’s Book of the Short sun, only recently finishing the final volume, and thus finally wrapping up his whole Solar Cycle which began with The Book of the New … Continue reading

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Things visible and invisible

Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey has become so iconic and cemented in its status as a classic that it’s easy to forget that it originally opened to very mixed reviews, with as many critics finding it a pretentious mess … Continue reading

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The future looks bright

Talking about animated movies is one of the Things I Like To Do on this blog, and it’s been quite some time since I talked about Don Bluth. So let’s talk about Titan A.E. (2000), the movie that kinda sorta … Continue reading

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The long, long sun

I’ve finally finished all four volumes of Gene Wolfe’s Book of the Long Sun, the very loose sequel to The Book of the New Sun. It almost lost me for a while. True to its title, the novel is very … Continue reading

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Nightside

In spite of giving Gene Wolfe’s Book of the New Sun top billing in my recent top 20 books list, I’ve long put off reading the other two series set in the same universe: The Book of the Long Sun, … Continue reading

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The colour of magic

The late Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels have long been a glaring omission in my sci-fi/fantasy reading. Attempts at rectifying this have often seemed daunting: the man penned a lot of these books, and the manner in which you break into … Continue reading

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Obligatory Star Wars: The Force Awakens post

Warning! Danger! Clicking below the fold will result in the new Star Wars being spoiled for you! Oh no! Avert your eyes! Whatever you do, don’t click!

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A (moral) NaNo victory

A few days ago, at around the 25,000 word mark, I completed the first Part/Book/Act of my NaNoWriMo novel. I stopped writing a couple of pages after that. This was partly because my schedule was getting tight, but also because … Continue reading

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It’s not exactly Heinlein, but…

The main criticism directed towards Ridley Scott’s The Martian is that it is a series of hard sci-fi/engineering problems strung together on a thin plot with minimal characterization. This is true, but I’m not sure it qualifies as a criticism. … Continue reading

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Final thoughts on Lensman

I have now completed my reading of E.E. “Doc” Smith’s Lensman novels, which I began a couple of months ago. There is another Lensman book, endearingly titled Masters of the Vortex,  which I haven’t read, but it’s a spin-off existing … Continue reading

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