Stations of the Tide
4/12/15; 7:45pm CDT - Galen
Another random trip through my reviews of award winners takes us back nearly twenty-five years, with my take on Michael Swanwick's Stations of the Tide, written in 1990, published in book form in '91, and winner of the Nebula in '92.
4/12/15; 7:40pm CDT - Galen
*I've edited this article to include more information and to clarify a few thoughts.* The nomination process for this year's Hugo Awards is embroiled in controversy, similar to what is going on with Gamergate, so I've dubbed my thoughts on it as Hugogate, although it's likely someone else called it that before me.
4/4/15; 4:20pm CDT - Galen
I've just updated the current Hugo/Nebula page with the nominees for the 2014 Nebulas, to be presented June 6, and the 2015 Hugos, which will be handed out on August 22.
4/1/15; 6:45pm CDT - Galen
Believe it or not, I finally finished my profile article on Samuel R. Delany. Today happens to be his 73rd birthday. I also created a main page for him that has links to all the reviews I've done so far, and I will be adding to that list, but I don't know when. I need to move on to somebody else for a while.
I also decided to create another page that lists all of the SFWA Grand Masters, Delany having received that honor last year. Then I went into other pages to create a link to that for other recipients for which I've written articles, along with linking specific ones to the SF Hall of Fame. One thing I haven't done yet, and not sure when I'll get to it, is going through all the pages where Delany might have been mentioned so I can put a link on his name directed to his main page.
Stars In My Pocket Like Grains Of Sand
3/26/15; 10:10pm CDT - Galen
Stars In My Pocket Like Grains of Sand came out in 1985, nearly ten years after Delany's previous science fiction novel
A Tale of Two Congresses
3/15/15; 8:10pm CDT - Galen
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.
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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