2014 Hugo Awards
8/18/14; 4:15pm CDT - Galen
I've just updated the Hugo/Nebula pages to reflect the winners announced last night at LonCon3, including the Retro Hugos.
7/14/14; 12:05pm CDT - Galen
Ancillary Justice is the first novel from Ann Leckie. It has already won the Nebula and is also nominated for a Hugo (and it won that one too). It is very good.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
7/14/14; 12:00pm CDT - Galen
I know most everyone else will disagree, but I was thinking a better first word for the title would be Yawn.
The Edge of Futures Past
6/30/14; 9:30am CDT - Galen
It has been a couple of weeks since I've seen these movies, not sure why it's taken me this long to post reviews. Both are likely to not be in theaters much longer, but since a lot of people wait for the DVD release anyway, I guess it doesn't matter. They are both unique, and don't have any connection to each other, except that both utilize their own form of time travel to correct past mistakes. Edge of Tomorrow and X-Men: Days of Future Past.
The Fourth Doctor
6/30/14; 9:20am CDT - Galen
I finally got around to updating my Classic Doctor Who review, this time adding comments on the Tom Baker years.
Gojira vs. Godzilla
6/17/14; 9:10pm CDT - Galen
The original 1954 film Gojira has its faults, but it is vastly superior to the latest American version of Godzilla. Here's my review of both.
The Jewels of Aptor
6/17/14; 9:00pm CDT - Galen
The first of Samuel R. Delany's stories to be published, The Jewels of Aptor, shows the promise of the eventual Grand Master, but it is ultimately unsatisfying.
2013 Nebula Awards
5/18/14; 6:30pm CDT - Galen
The Nebulas were announced last night, and after several hours tracking down links for all the books, movies and TV shows available from Amazon, I've just finished updating the Hugo/Nebula page, including the Hugo nominations that will be decided in August.
The Einstein Intersection
5/14/14; 4:40pm CDT - Galen
A month's long enough, and considering it's been over a week since I finished Samuel R. Delany's The Einstein Intersection, it's about time for a review.
Babel-17 & Empire Star
4/14/14; 5:10pm CDT - Galen
Samuel R. Delany won his first Nebula with Babel-17, and in the current print edition it is joined with the connected story "Empire Star."
Siege of Stars
4/6/14; 2:30pm CST - Galen
Siege of Stars by Henry Gee is the first book of the Sigil Trilogy, and is available from ReAnimus Press.
Two Hugo winners from Heinlein
2/15/14; 2:30pm CST - Galen
I just uploaded two book reviews, both from Heinlein, and both Hugo winners. Double Star was his first win in 1956, then fifty years after the fact, 1950's Farmer in the Sky received a Retro Hugo in 2001. It shouldn't have.
Winter's Tale - The Movie
2/15/14; 2:20pm CST - Galen
Not as good as the book, but that was expected. Akiva Goldsman's adaptation of Winter's Tale was surprisingly satisfying in spite of so much story missing. A bit too much magic compared to the book, or at least explained too much, but most of it works.
Bring the Jubilee
2/3/14; 10:20pm CST - Galen
Ward Moore's 1953 novel Bring the Jubilee is an intriguing alternate history tale, in this case exploring the possibilities of what might have happened if the South had won the Civil War.
1/31/14; 5:30pm CST - Galen
Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin is a beautifully written fantasy, and I predict the upcoming film will not do it justice.
2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson
1/19/14; 4:15pm CST - Galen
Following along the same timeline as Robinson's Mars Trilogy, 2312 is the winner of last year's Nebula award. I was expecting it to repeat and also win the Hugo, because it is infinitely better than Redshirts.
1/5/14; 6:50pm CST - Galen
Anyone who is a fan of Star Trek doesn't need the title explained. If you are a Trek fan, or even if you're not, my recommendation is to run far away from John Scalzi's novel, as if you're a redshirt yourself trying to escape your fate. What were the Hugo voters thinking last year?
1/1/14; 10:05pm CST - Galen
Jerry Sohl's Costigan's Needle was his first novel, published in 1953. Interesting premise, poor execution, but I felt compelled to finish the review since ReAnimus Press provided the e-book for free.
1/1/14; 10:00pm CST - Galen
I've added a few comments to my reviews of The Desolation of Smaug, even a few positive ones believe it or not. Even if you've already read it you might want to take another look.
Happy New Year, Hobbitses!
1/1/14; 12:30am CST - Galen
Well, 2014 is here, and I'm finally getting around to a movie review I should have done several days ago, but it took a while to decide if I should bother.
Peter Jackson continues his expansive, overblown, and over-long adaptation of Tolkien's The Hobbit, the second film in his trilogy being subtitled The Desolation of Smaug. Anyone who has read the book and seen this film knows that title is incorrect, and that's just one of many things wrong with it.
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