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Sunday, December 17
John at SF Signal has posted a review of Solstice Chronicles, and given it four out of five stars. John is obviously quite wise and exhibits excellent taste.
Solstice Chronicles is available at, and can probably be delivered by Christmas if one of the higher shipping options is selected.

Saturday, December 16
Regular readers know that I don't do a lot of commentary on this blog, preferring to vent my opinions by endlessly polluting other comment boards. But sometimes an issue sticks in my craw.
During the week, John at SF Signal posted a story about a possible new animated Star Trek.
I've ranted about Trek in the past, but I made some comments on the SF Signal board I'd like to expand upon and archive here:
I am once again stunned at the insistence that Star Trek has to be allegorically relevant, but if it must, I'd prefer it take on more scientific/ethical issues, like a justification for banning genetic enhancement, or how a society with FTL, molecular replication, and teleportation has managed to sidestep a technological singularity.
Star Trek is considered by many to be the public face of SF, it's flagship. I hold by my belief that to retain that title it needs to take it up a level: travel out into some heretofore unexplored quadrant and find that it is heavily populated by Type II Kardashev cultures, Lovecraftian ancients, Kirby-esque star gods, Matrioshka brain AIs trying to tap reality's source-code, post-singularity societies like Banks Culture, Wright's Oecumene, or Hamilton's Edenists, etc.
In short, Trek needs to catch up with the rest of science fiction.
It would be much more compelling and cohesive than a series of Shakespeare quote-riddled morality plays about slavery/holographic rights/drug addiction/whatever. The idea of a biological race eschewing a singularity yet still roaming out amongst the older/more powerful/scarier races could have a nice Brin/Uplift tone to it. Babylon 5 touched on this, but didn't really pursue it to the extent it could have.
I'd also like a smarter race to explain to the Vulcans what a debasement of logic they are, and that maybe working on a cure for that disease that drives them (and everyone around them) crazy might be a better use of their time than touching each others foreheads.
With the exception of Farscape, Military SF seems to be the default setting for TV SF. Even Firefly delved into several times. The only other recent American shows I can think of which really avoided it were Earth II (which replaced it with political conspiracy) and Earth: Final Conflict, both of which were horrible. Compare this to the whole of written SF, where military stories make up a much smaller portion.
Also: the idea of bringing the Enterprise "back to the glory days" sounds a bit to much like Andromeda to me. I'm uncomfortable with stories where the good guys are trying to instigate a big step backwards.
I'd also add that the current Dr. Who is the only show currently tackling actual SF ideas on a weekly basis.
Feel free to comment over at the Bar & Grill.

Friday, December 15
Assorted Items: JK Ellis gives us Ten Ways to Build a Cult-Like Following.
Cap'n Wacky asks "Supervillains, what are your plans for ruining Christmas?"
And The Spoof tells us that Mel Gibson is set to direct a Klingonese language movie.

Thursday, December 14
Currently making the rounds: Last year Keith Graham's Wanderings posted scans for Chesley Bonestell's beautiful 1950 magazine feature Mr. Smith Goes to Venus.

Popular Science gives us a neat gallery of concept art for an underwater hotel.

Wednesday, December 13
We live in a world where you can buy a Swiss Army Knife with 85 tools in it.

Tuesday, December 12
Recommended Readin':
Steve Tomkins of the BBC informs us that science fiction did get a few things right.
Jeff Foust of The Space Review notes that NASA has yet to say why we're going to the moon.
Wil McCarthy of SciFi Weekly looks at why heroines in horror movies are idiots.
Christopher Hitchens explains why women aren't funny in the latest Vanity Fair.

Monday, December 11
Posting will be light this week (like it hasn't been the last few weeks!). Aside from finishing and printing this year's Holiday Card, I've got a lot of year-end stuff to wrap at work.

Sunday, December 10
A reminder to those of you still shopping that Solstice Chronicles is available. You can see the online preview here.

Assorted Items: Popular Science lists the 15 Best James Bond Gadgets of All Time.
Similarly, Mark in the Bar & Grill links to The Great Batman Equipment Archive.
Apparently the interior architecture of the new Denver Art Museum causes disorientation.
And, because its cool looking, here's a boat that swims like a dolphin.

Friday, December 8
Let's kick off the holidays with The Borg Who Stole Christmas.
And Something Awful shows us Christmas in a galaxy far, far away.

Thursday, December 7
BBC Science has a neat picture gallery of how a lunar colony has been imagined in the past.

Wednesday, December 6
SF Signal links to this four and a half minute montage of Ray Harryhausen effects.

It was in reading Fimoculous' list of the Best Blogs of 2006 that You (Maybe) Aren't Reading that I learned about the design site History of the Button, which is exactly what it says it is.

Tuesday, December 5
Taylor Dinerman at The Space Review looks at the state of Arms Control in Space.

Meanwhile, NASA says its going to establish a base on the moon, which is as good an excuse as any for lots and lots of really neat retrofuture moonbase images.
No word if purple wigs will be part of the uniform.
And here's the obligatory Wikipedia list of lunacentric science fiction.

Monday, December 4
Astrobiology fills us in on news that backs up the old theory that the building blocks of organic life came from space.

Sunday, December 3
Here's news about a robot that tests blood samples, a robot salmon, an underwater logging robot, and a robot archeologist.

Saturday, December 2
It is December.
The God of the Month is Morpheus, God of Dreams.
The Molecule of the Month is Ethene.

Friday, December 1
Stephen Hawking has joined the host of others in stating that humanity, as a species, must colonize other planets to survive.

Thursday, November 30
Forgive me for not posting yesterday. I had a lot of things going on, chief among them was finishing the corrections to Solstice Chronicles,  which is now available for $7.95 over at There is still plenty of time to order one before the Holidays decend upon us. I intend to annoy you all with frequent reminders of this.

Kurt Amacker at Mania looks at the state of politics in comics.

Scientists have finally achieved the dream of all mankind: they have levitated small animals using sound waves.

Tuesday, November 28
Bible Man wasn't enough. Now we witness the coming of the Guardian Line, "combining cultural history, scriptural values and exciting evil-defeating plots."
Because, as you know, there just aren't enough religious superheroes...

I forgot to mention this last week, but the sex magazine Nerve has big feature on The Future.

Damn Interesting gives us the lowdown on what happens to a human body when exposed to hard vacuum.

Monday, November 27
Retrocrush challenges you to identify a number of superheroes by their crotches.

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