The Three Body Problem, by Liu Cixin

Winner of the Hugo award for best novel this year, The Three Body Problem is densely packed with¬†interesting ideas--so densely packed that some may find it hard to read. 'Some' does not include me. I think this is the most I've enjoyed a book since Gene Wolfe's Book of the New Sun series. The prose …

The Book of Strange New Things, by Michel Faber

I recently discovered that my favorite movie in recent years, Under the Skin, was based on a novel by Michel Faber. I'd never heard of him and decided to try this unusual, sci-fi drama. The plot centers around a Christian Missionary, Peter, who is traveling to a distant world to minister to alien creatures. This …

A flash of light

I recently watched this video on YouTube, which is a brief (ten minute) history of the universe, narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson. It is an interesting video, and Dr. Tyson is always nice to listen to, but one part stood out to me and got me thinking. I'd heard it said several times before, that …