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I’ll Be in My Bunk…(*)

August 28, 2008

Check out these great advance promo pics for the new season of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles:
I know I’m married and twice her age13 years older than she is, but I think I’m in love with Summer Glau:
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Professional SF Babe Blogging

March 23, 2008

There is nothing quite like being humbled by a master.
I used to have this regular feature around here, an SF Babe poll every Tuesday. I was actually pretty proud of it, and thought I did a pretty good job making it entertaining and easy on the eyes.
Well, I’ve been kind of meaning to revive it, just to find something to engage me on this blog. But I doubt that will ever happen, since published writer E.E. Knight has created the most perfect SF Babe poll you will ever witness, in honor of the great Shat’s birthday.
Feast your eyes, for this is as good as it gets. That will be a very tough act to follow…

The 3 Laws of Robotics, Revised

January 7, 2008

Warren Ellis has a humorous revision and restatement of the famous three laws of robotics.
Via Gravity Lens.

Heinlein Quote of the Month (August 2007)

August 1, 2007

“Having your back scratched is not the only reason to be married, but it is a good one, especially for those spots that are so hard to reach by yourself.”

—Maureen Johnson in To Sail Beyond the Sunset.

Heinlein Quote of the Month (June 2007)

June 1, 2007

“At least once every human should have to run for his life, to teach him that milk does not come from supermarkets, that safety does not come from policemen, that ‘news’ is not something that happens to other people.”

– Jake in The Number of the Beast.

Heinlein Quote of the Month (May 2007)

May 1, 2007

“Am not going to argue whether a machine can ‘really’ be alive, ‘really’ be self-aware. Is a virus self-aware? Nyet. How about oyster? I doubt it. A cat? Almost certainly. A human? Don’t know about you, tovarishch, but I am.”

– Manny Garcia O’Kelly in The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress.

Heinlein Quote of the Month (April 2007)

April 4, 2007

“Never appeal to a man’s ‘better nature.’ He may not have one. Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage.”

– Lazarus Long in Time Enough for Love.

Heinlein Quote of the Month (March 2007)

March 1, 2007

“The ways of God and government and girls are all mysterious, and it is not given to mortal man to understand them.”

– Lazarus Long in Time Enough for Love.

Heinlein Quote of the Month (February 2007)

February 1, 2007

“May you live as long as you wish and love as long as you live.”

– Minerva in Time Enough for Love.
Happy Valentine’s Day this month!

SF Book Meme

January 30, 2007

Found at Jenna Thomas-McKie’s blog.
This is a list of the 50 most significant science fiction/fantasy novels, 1953-2002, according to the Science Fiction Book Club.
Bold the ones you’ve read, strike-out the ones you hated, italicize those you started but never finished and put an asterisk beside the ones you loved.

  • The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien*
  • The Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov (I keep meaning to start this “must read”, but the breathless descriptions of it have never intrigued me, and even worse, have made me fear that it would be a waste of my time)
  • Dune, Frank Herbert (I loved this as a teen, but it has not rewarded repeat readings)
  • Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein
  • A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin* (I’m not much into fantasy, but this is a sentimental favorite from the teen years)
  • Neuromancer, William Gibson*
  • Childhood’s End, Arthur C. Clarke
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick
  • The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
  • The Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe
  • A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr.
  • The Caves of Steel, Isaac Asimov
  • Children of the Atom, Wilmar Shiras
  • Cities in Flight, James Blish
  • The Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett
  • Dangerous Visions, edited by Harlan Ellison
  • Deathbird Stories, Harlan Ellison
  • The Demolished Man, Alfred Bester (this looks great – on my short list)
  • Dhalgren, Samuel R. Delany
  • Dragonflight, Anne McCaffrey* (a classic SF-fantasy crossover)
  • Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card
  • The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Stephen R. Donaldson (someone oversold this one to me; I hated the protagonist)
  • The Forever War, Joe Haldeman
  • Gateway, Frederik Pohl
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, J.K. Rowling
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams*
  • I Am Legend, Richard Matheson
  • Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice
  • The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Little, Big, John Crowley
  • Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny
  • The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick (on my short list)
  • Mission of Gravity, Hal Clement
  • More Than Human, Theodore Sturgeon
  • The Rediscovery of Man, Cordwainer Smith
  • On the Beach, Nevil Shute
  • Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke
  • Ringworld, Larry Niven* (I want to be Louis Wu!)
  • Rogue Moon, Algis Budrys
  • The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Slaughterhouse-5, Kurt Vonnegut
  • Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson* (a good intro to Stephenson, and not as intimidating as his later doorstops)
  • Stand on Zanzibar, John Brunner
  • The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester
  • Starship Troopers, Robert A. Heinlein*
  • Stormbringer, Michael Moorcock
  • The Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks
  • Timescape, Gregory Benford
  • To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Philip Jose Farmer

I won’t tag anyone, but if you play this meme, drop me a note or leave a comment (trackbacks are not currently working).