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A Tale of Two Congresses
Posted by Galen
March 15, 2015
8:10pm CDT

It's been entirely too long since the last update, so I'll try to make up for that a bit with two reviews today. First is the book The Futurological Congress by Stanislaw Lem, and then the movie loosely adapted from it, The Congress, starring Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel and Jon Hamm.

In other news, there are several other things I've been meaning to get around to, quite a few films, a TV series, as well as other books, and it's not like I can use the old excuse of not enough time. I just have to do it.


The Martian
1/18/15; 4:00pm CST - Galen
Andy Weir's first novel, The Martian, has been getting a lot of positive buzz, along with a few nay-sayers claiming it is boring and repetitive. It's not boring, in fact I read it about as fast as anything in quite a long time. I like Hard-SF stories with lots of realistic action. If you do too, it is recommended.


12 Monkeys (1995)
1/16/15; 7:55pm CST - Galen
I've been meaning to review Terry Gilliam's 12 Monkeys about as long as this site has been active. Now that Syfy is premiering a series based on it I guess it's about time I did that.


1/11/15; 9:30pm CST - Galen
William Gibson's first novel, Neuromancer, won the Hugo, Nebula and Philip K. Dick awards. It deserved them.


1/11/15; 9:35pm CST - Galen
If you've read Heinlein's "—All You Zombies—" there won't be any surprises, but you might like Predestination anyway.


Triton by Samuel R. Delany
1/4/15; 10:15pm CST - Galen
The first review of the year is here! It took a while to get through Triton (aka Trouble on Triton). I'm glad I persevered though, since it proved well worth the time and effort.


Another Year Gone By
1/1/15; 6:00pm CST - Galen
All of the updates for 2014 have been moved to the Archives page, and that page is accessible from any other page on the site through the link in the "News" column to the left. It was one of, if not the most productive years for the site, with reviews of twenty-two books and twelve movies, updates on one TV show plus one other new one, as well as updates to miscellaneous pages like the Hugo/Nebulas and the SF Hall of Fame. No matter how much that was an improvement over the past few years, I still need to do more, since I am not working now. No resolutions, since I don't want to break them, but I will try harder this year.





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