Friday, January 25, 2013

Mini Reviews: The Dispossessed

Ursula Leguin: The Dispossessed - A Physicist from a desolate moon colonized by anarchists breaks the law to visit the earthlike planet filled with plenty and political intrigue trying to bridge the divided communities. Brilliant and deep reflections on what makes good life, good work and how the structures of our society help or hinder us in these goals. More highlights here.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Mini Review: Neuromancer

All film noir & cyberpunk; fem fatalle with retractable steal claws enters the life of virtual reality net hacker to come to terms with an emergent lifeform born in the web. In this genre defining, cyberpunk classic, Gibson creates a world both fantastic and realistic, creeping with dread, fatigue and distrust. It's best consumed quickly, while travelling through anonymous airports with British IDM in your headphones.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Love/Hate/Try Friday

Love it: NFL Playoffs (sorry, it's true)
Hate it: Winter (no thanks)
Try it: Pizza with pesto sauce (you'll thank me!)

Mini Review: A Canticle for Liebowitz

This is a masterpiece of science fiction and thought experiment about the function of religious societies as the only proven means of passing knowledge forward through time on any significant time scale. It is a also a deeply poetic and deeply faithful explication of catholic moral philosophy on issues of war, life and death brought to bear on the twin existential novelties of the 20th century: our capacity to destroy all we've made and the discovery of a universe more vast than we could ever have imagined.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Love/Hate/Try Friday

Love it: New year's resolutions (they're a good idea!)
Hate it: All Superheroes Must Die (really?)
Try it: Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (it looks fun!)

Stan Lee on the Death of Spider-Man 616

Well, apparently Marvel had so much fun killing off Ultimate Spider-Man, that they decided to kill off the regular universe Spider-Man as well.

Now, of course, this will be as permanent as the death of Superman.  Peter will be back in 6 - 12 months.  And who knows?  Maybe Marvel can use this as a way to reboot the craptacular reboot of the post-Straczynski era Spidey?

This photo is clearly a Photoshop forgery, but I still enjoy the heck out of it.