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Book Nerd – Starcats and Strangeness

This took longer than expected, and I blame telepathic, time-traveling space cats. Namely Khreng and Prandra, the starcat protagonists of Phyllis Gotlieb’s A Judgment of Dragons. The back cover promised an adventure that spanned across time and through the most bizarre and dangerous worlds in the universe and it delivered, with …

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Book Nerd – A Future Wrapped in Foil

In fire and winter, raiders and plague, that’s how the world ended in A Gift Upon the Shore, a 1990 novel by M. K. Wren. But when most post-apocalyptic stories at the time were about being hard and tough, about grit and guns, Wren’s tale is about being smart. In …

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Art of the Gaps 2: Extraterrestrial Life?

Happy New Year! Part of being human is having the drive to question the mysteries of the world around us. That questioning has led us to many answers over the millenia. Some of the biggest gaps in human knowledge have been answered by arbitrary communal consensus. These diverse myths and …

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Book Nerd: To the Moon

When I was almost finished Far Harbor, I needed a new book for this week’s post, so I grabbed Elizabeth Moon’s Lunar Activity and had no idea what to expect. Elizabeth Moon isn’t exactly an unheard of author, with both a Nebula award and the Robert A. Heinlein award to …

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Finally, Some Bright Colours – A Supergirl Review

The new Supergirl tv series is airing and it is remarkable enough to warrant a review, here.  Why this one? Why did we skip over Gotham, Arrow, and Daredevil, but bother to talk about Supergirl? Short answer: They left the lights on while filming it. Long answer follows: I’m not quite …

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Book Nerd – The Farthest of Harbours

Sometimes science fiction is a subtle exploration of contemporary issues written on far-off planets or in far-flung futures. It sneaks those issues in until you’re halfway through the book and it hits you that the themes of systemic oppression and marginalization of alien peoples is analogous to the way people …

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Book Nerd – Planet of the Wizard-Bros

My uncle Pierre had a huge library of science fiction and fantasy books, and now that it’s mine I’m spoiled for choice. I read them here, and sometimes the choice is a bit spoiled. By the fortieth page, I’d renamed Cynthia Felice’s 1991 novel The Khan’s Persuasion to Planet of the …

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