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
This is an excerpt from the prologue of my sci-fi novel. Stay tuned for more teasers and updates as I get closer to finishing---and publishing---my book! A deep violet sky stretched across the rocky horizon. A violent wind raced across the plains, sweeping down over the cliffs into the abyss below. A horde of flying … Continue reading Teaser: An Evening on Artemis
Frank Herbert's Dune Messiah is the second part of the six-book Dune Saga, and it has an impossibly tough act to follow. In light of this, I went into reading Dune Messiah with an open mind and a loving heart. I was still slightly disappointed. The book is an excellent transition between Dune and Children … Continue reading Review: Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert
Andy Weir's The Martian certainly accomplished its goal of breaking the mold of your typical SciFi novel, and it was a relatively enjoyable read. Weir tells this 21st century man vs. nature story using three styles of narrative, and does an excellent job of describing the challenges of a Mars mission. Albeit a little rushed, … Continue reading Review: The Martian by Andy Weir