Posts tagged with "science fiction"
Iji: a subjective experience

Daniel Remar’s Iji is one of my favourite games ever. It’s engaging, polished, detailed, complex and very replayable. I first played it shortly after its initial release in about 2008 or 2009, and in total I’ve played it through probably seven or eight times, and I’m not huge on replaying most games (of a highly linear nature, as this one is). I love the way it plays, the levels, the story and the world. I’ve got some of its art on my phone wallpaper rotation, I’ve found...

Review: The General Zapped an Angel

I do a fair bit of travelling by airplane, and I’ve found the best thing for a journey that isn’t long enough to encompass a novel is a collection of short stories. You can keep it in your hand luggage and read a few stories every time you take you a trip, so you don’t really have to remember where you were or have the trip end to early to finish the story you were reading. Plus if it’s an old-fashioned dead-tree book you can sit and read it while everyone...

Review: The Door into Summer

Confused about the date? This review was written before I started this blog and imported later for posterity. I love reading science fiction from the 1950s because it’s neat to see how very wrong people back then were about what the future was going to be like. I don’t fault them for it, of course, but there’s something amusing about reading in 2012 a book written in 1956 about happenings in the 1970s and early 2000s. It would be really cool if we did have that cure for the common cold...

Review: Little Brother

Confused about the date? This review was written before I started this blog and imported later for posterity. Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother is about a teenage hacker who runs afoul of the surveillance state that is the United States Twenty Minute into the Future. It’s full of computer hacking, youthful rebellion and sermons about how surveillance is bad. I’m conflicted about this book. In one sense, it’s nice to read a story about computers and hacking by someone who knows what the deal is with computers and hacking, seeing as those subjects...

Review: Ellie on Planet X

Confused about the date? This review was written before I started this blog and imported later for posterity. Ellie on Planet X, by James Anderson, is about a robot named Ellie sent on course from Earth to the mysterious “Planet X” sometime in the sixties. The strip began on the 10th of June 2010, the day Ellie’s first transmissions would have reached Earth (eight years after her landing), and each strip is presented as a snippet of her report back. Ellie is a gag-a-day strip that...