Solaris, by Stanislaw Lem

The end of this novel went in a different direction than I expected. I was drawn into it right away and was excited by the story and the ideas and the potential, but it feels like in the end it left much unexplored. There was a lot of attention focused on the technical details, research, …

Your darkest secret

I've been listening to Solaris, by Stanislaw Lem, and it is so far amazing. Imagine your darkest, most embarrassing, strangest thought. The thing you are most ashamed or guilty for thinking--maybe it just popped into your head, unplanned, as thoughts often do. Now imagine that thought made flesh, and following you around for all to …

Alien Covenant: why

There's a first time for everything, and I guess people who haven't seen any alien movies might find this interesting and exciting. But can you even make it into adulthood without being exposed to the xenomorph and the chest burster and face hugger? Is it going to be shocking or scary in the least to …

Doctor Who Writes this stuff?

I've been catching up on Doctor Who. I hadn't seen any of the Peter Capaldi episodes, and just finished season 8. I don't know if I'm getting older, or the show is going downhill... but, way too many of the episodes in that season were kind of lame. It seemed to be a recurring theme …

Character motivation is kind of important

I am currently listening to The Warrior's Apprentice by Lois Mcmaster Bujold, and though it is competently written and the characters are distinct and likable, I am having a hard time getting into it . The problem is it's difficult to care about what's happening when you don't know what the characters want. The story …