Sometimes all that matters is making a choice and standing your ground. Sometimes all that matters is opening your eyes and being brave enough to accept that reality is different from what you’d been taught to believe.
Evan Marshall is a paleo-ecologist for Northern Massachusetts University. He’s participating in an Alaskan excavation north out the Arctic Circle, where a smilodon has been found preserved in ice on a cave. The science team has corporate sponsors, and they send in a documentary team to shoot the unveiling. Only, as it turns out, that’s not a saber-toothed tiger in the ice…… Much of this novel revolves around the conflict between the science team and the director of the documentary, Emilio Conti, who is a fairly despicable little creature. He’s so unlikable, in fact, that I can’t help but wonder […]
I have a weird fascination with locked in characters facing unimaginable horrors. This is probably why I love zombie movies so much. The battle of Helms Deep in Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is my favorite part of the whole trilogy. You put a bunch of people in a structure planted firmly in the sediment at the bottom of the ocean? Yeah, I’m on board. Sphere was always my favorite Michael Crichton book for this reason, probably. Deep Storm is just such a story (though, more Sphere than The Two Towers). Deep beneath the ocean in the north […]
When I was in college, I fell in love with movies and delved headfirst into trying to understand and appreciate the medium. 2001: A Space Odyssey served as a graduate course of my exploration. I sort of taught myself how to appreciate what would have previously been impenetrable. In a diluted way, I think I’m doing something similar, but with novels. I’m reading far more than I ever have before, and am branching out into areas that were often intimidating or bewildering. So it’s only natural that I make time to read 2001: A Space Odyssey. Though I enjoyed the book immensely, it […]
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet is the somewhat unwieldy title to an absolutely delightful story of a tightly-knit group of space-farers tasked with tunneling through space, setting up wormholes that allow for interplanetary travel. It’s set in the distant future (obviously), where humanity has made Earth uninhabitable and are scattered across the cosmos. They’ve joined a collective of alien races called the Galactic Commons. That’s pretty much it, in a nutshell. The broad elements here will be familiar to anyone who’s been in contact with the genre before, whether that contact be through Star Trek, Firefly, or […]
Her love for him is not something that can be changed— it’s physics, not emotion: It’s the exact weight of radium. It is vast and it is exact. It is tender and finite and inexhaustible. Her love for him is a fact. Her love for him is a brutal fact about the world. In my ongoing tradition this year of reading lesser known books from my favorite authors, I read Charles Yu’s short story collection Third Class Superhero. I urge everyone to drop everything and read How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, which broke my heart […]
Todd Hewitt lives in a community peopled only by men, and has one month left until he too becomes one. All the men are afflicted with something called “the Noise”, meaning they can hear each other’s thoughts, all the time, all over town. There were women in the community once, but they didn’t survive the infection that brought the noise. Todd’s mother was one of the last women to die, while Todd was still a baby. While Todd and his dog, Manchee, are out walking in the area around Prentisstown one day, he comes across a place with no noise […]
“To call the scene a disaster does it a terrific disservice. The final death toll was never fully calculated, for heaven only knew how many bodies might lie wedged in the rubble. And alas, there was no time for excavation.” – Hale Quarter