Category Archives: Books

2013 Dragon Con schedule — asteroids and disasters and scifi, oh my!

Officially, I’ll be visiting the Space, Science, Stargate, Science Fiction Literature, Apocalypse Rising and American Science Fiction and Fantasy Media. As always, Dragon Con schedules are subject to change with very little notice, so use the Dragon Con mobile app … Continue reading

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Dragon*Con: Sci-Fi & Fantasy Literature

I’m visiting the DragonCon Sci-Fi & Fantasy Literature Track for one panel on Saturday night; check my schedule for the other tracks I’ll be at during DragonCon 2012. The Science in Science Fiction Saturday, September 1: 8:30pm-9:30pm Hyatt Greenbriar, Conference … Continue reading

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Book Review: Raptor Red

Raptor Red by Robert T. Bakker is possibly the most entertaining way to learn his theories on early Cretaceous social behaviours of assorted critters. Bakker is a paleontologist who consulted for Jurassic Park, and is an early advocate for science … Continue reading

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Scifi in Nature

Nature, yes, that Nature of scientific paper publishing prestige, has opened public access to its archive of science fiction stories. I’m adding them to my collection of hard scifi short stories; anyone have any favourites or specific recommendations?

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Book Review: The Physics of Christmas

If you’re looking for a holiday-themed “The Science of…” book, I thought “The Physics of Christmas” was pretty good.

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Spider Robinson

Spider Robinson’s “Melancholy Elephants” short story collection might be the first science fiction I ever read. I’m frequently appalled by my fellow scifi geeks who haven’t yet experienced the joy, and buy copies of the now out-of-print anthology every time … Continue reading

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Hal Clement

Hal Clement’s “Whirlygig World” essay is a strong influence on my opinions of science fiction: Writing a science fiction story is fun, not work. … the fun… lies in treating the whole thing as a game. … the rules must … Continue reading

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