The Dark Forest, by Cixin Liu

I just finished this sequel to the Three Body Problem, and once again my mind is blown. This book left me with a picture of the universe I never imagined... a dark forest indeed. The only complaint anyone seems to have about this series is the characters, and though they are more fleshed out in this one, they …

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The Fold, by Peter Clines

I listened to The Fold recently, and while the premise was promising at the start, in the end it ended up being more frustrating and annoying than enjoyable for me. Our story starts with the protagonist, Mike Ericson, high-school teacher, getting a request from his old friend at DARPA to do a special top secret …

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 …

Spider

There was a little jumping spider on the table at a fast food restaurant I ate at the other day. I don't remember her being there when I sat down, but suddenly there she was, as well as some kind of flying insect, like a small crane fly, which looked like it was injured. I …