Have you ever seen an alien? Neither have I, or anybody else, as far as we know. That is actually quite strange, statistically speaking. This apparent paradox is known as the Fermi Paradox. It’s a very important paradox for science fiction, so I’m going to ramble about it a bit.
Ancillary Justice is the first part of a science fiction trilogy by Ann Leckie. I recently finished the first two books and am now eagerly awaiting the third installment. I like it enough that I decided to plug it to the internet at large.
When somebody turns a Roleplaying game setting into a series of books you get a well thought-out world. You see this in Steven Erickson’s Malazan Book of the Fallen, Raymond E. Feist’s Riftware Cycle, and in the series I’m going to write about today: the Expanse series, by James S.A. Corey. This series of books is popular enough that it’s getting it’s own TV show adaption on Scifi channel this winter.
One of the ionic things about Star Wars is the sound a TIE fighter makes as it flies by. Of course, that sound is actually a mistake, although probably a deliberate one: physics don’t allow for sound in a vacuum. Getting all the physics right in a story can be challenging. However, a lot of common mistakes have grown into cliches, which are easier to correct. A story can only benefit from that. Let’s have a look at some common mistakes regarding physics.
I went to see Mad Max: Fury Road last week, and I was pleasantly surprised. I’ll try to discuss it without spoiling the movie, for once.
I wasn’t expecting very much, given the ongoing string of terrible remakes/reboots like Total Recall and The Amazing Spiderman. In those movies, the producers took surface elements from the original movies, stuffed a new generic script underneath, then shaved off all the possibly offensive edges for broadest appeal. For Fury Road, George Miller took the spark that made Mad Max 2 such a fun movie to watch, put a good script beneath it, then shaped it to one unified creative vision.
The result is a movie that is violent, possibly offensive, but great to watch if you like post-apocalyptic action road movies. Continue reading “Max Max: Fury Road Review”