Review: Percival Gynt and the Conspiracy of Days by Drew Melbourne

If you liked Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, you'll love this witty, suspenseful noir-meets-humor tale of a crime-solving accountant on a mission to save the universe. Drew Melbourne's Percival Gynt and the Conspiracy of Days is a breath of fresh air into the science fiction genre, incorporating high science, expertly placed pop culture references, and a … Continue reading Review: Percival Gynt and the Conspiracy of Days by Drew Melbourne

Origin Stories: The Rise of True AI

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

“Planetfall” to Be Published In Broken Pencil Spring Edition

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

Review: Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang

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