In the 63 years since John McCarthy coined the term "Artificial Intelligence" at a conference at Dartmouth College, the concept has become pervasive in the worlds of computer science, software, and---most importantly to this blog---science fiction. Each of these fields has a very different interpretation of the term than the others, which leaves several important … Continue reading Origin Stories: The Rise of True AI
Back in December, I put pen to paper (rather, fingers to keys) and brought a story to life that had been brewing in my head for several weeks. It started as an exercise, a way to get myself to write on a deadline: I would submit this story to the Broken Pencil Indie Writers' Deathmatch, a … Continue reading “Planetfall” to Be Published In Broken Pencil Spring Edition
Mythicals by Dennis Meredith is a fast-paced, action-packed, and imaginative story that pulls the reader through plot turn after plot turn, barely leaving them time to breathe but keeping them wondering what comes next. What the story lacks in character development and a thorough editing process, it makes up for with unique and creative world … Continue reading Review: Mythicals by Dennis Meredith
Ilium by Dan Simmons is an exciting fusion of Greek mythology and science fiction, written in the rich, smooth style of one of the greatest authors in the genre. The author of the Hyperion Cantos gives us yet another epic adventure which captivates the reader and keeps them on the edge of their reading chairs from start … Continue reading Review: Ilium by Dan Simmons
Ted Chiang's Stories of Your Life and Others is a remarkably enjoyable collection of short stories which give the reader a glimpse into several fantastic yet eerily familiar worlds. Chiang uses expert finesse and imaginative storytelling to tie together physics, mythology, magic, linguistics, and biology in the eight short stories in this book. First published in … Continue reading Review: Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
Ever since that fateful evening in 2013, when Steve Wilhite -- inventor of the .gif format -- declared that his format was pronounced "jif," not "gif," nerds across the globe have been at war. Today, in 2018, people from all walks of life defend their use of the "hard G" or "soft G" with a … Continue reading /gɪf/ or /d͡ʒɪf/?
Frank Herbert's Children of Dune is a refreshing continuation of the series after the cloudy and disjointed interlude of Dune Messiah. The saga resumes its sense of action and adventure with the story of Paul's children and their plot to save the future of humanity. In his typical style, Herbert tackles the huge challenge of setting … Continue reading Review: Children of Dune by Frank Herbert