October 19, 2017

The Night Sessions by Ken MacLeod.

On sale next month!

It’s a brave new 21st century world out there, with a combustible mix of technology and “old world thinking” still driving much of society. This week, we’re taking a look at just one of those new future visions in The Night Sessions by Ken MacLeod out next month from Pyr Books. Fans of this space will remember our review of Mr. MacLeod’s cyber-thriller The Restoration Game last year. [Read more...]

2011: The Year in Science Fiction.

The Emerald Crusader finally makes it big.

(Credit/Copyright: Warner Bros/DC Comics).

The tumultuous year that was 2011 is about to come to a close… perhaps you’re rightfully wondering why you’re not commuting by jet pack by now, or glad that the post-apocalyptic vision of Road Warriors has yet to occur. [Read more...]

Review: The Restoration Game by Ken MacLeod

Out this month from Pyr Books!

Be wary of that video game you’ve just been called in to code… the fate of your alternate reality motherland might just depend on it. This week, we review The Restoration Game, the new cyber-science fiction thriller by Ken MacLeod out from Pyr Books. This smart, fast-paced read pits Lucy Stone, a young savvy programmer against the political whims that have shaped her native and fictional (well, in THIS reality!) homeland of Krasnia. Plop the Krassian Republic down on a map and it would be right at home amongst Soviet Georgia and the like. [Read more...]

Review: Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner.

A Sci-Fi Classic!

This week, we’re reaching into our science fiction “way back” machine to review a perennial classic. Hey, eventually, we do get to ‘em all…

7 BILLION…A recent National Geographic front piece announced. That’s an estimate of how many living copies of Homo sapiens are projected to inhabit our fair planet this year. In passing said milestone, we thought it high time to read John Brunner’s 1968 classic, Stand on Zanzibar. Winner of the 1969 Hugo Award for Best Novel, Stand depicts a dystopian world culture in the early 21st century where the human population has reached said magical number. The thriving mass of humanity has done so via massive genetic engineering projects as well as by creating a world of tailor-made drug and behavior modifications that would have made Huxley proud. Sound familiar? Reach for another Prozac, and read on… [Read more...]

September 2011: Life in the Astro-Blogosphere.

Comet Garradd passing M71 in August. (Photo by Author).

Ahhhh, September…. The heat of August is behind us, as a young astronomer’s fancy turns to thoughts of dark skies and equinoctial nights. I swear, if they ever discover a planet that sports a perpetual New England Fall climate, I propose that a multi-generational interstellar ark be built, immediately. In the meantime, here are the events that you can expect to see coming to an Astro-Blog near you; [Read more...]

August 2011: Life in the Astro-Blogosphere.

The July 2011 Full Moon through fog from Astroguyz HQ.
(Photo by Author).
As the Dog Days of Summer draw neigh, August typically brings some of the hottest temps for the denizens of the Northern Hemisphere. This month will see a journey to the largest planet in our solar system leave the pad, a great meteor shower under poor circumstances, and some brightening cometary possibilities. What follows is a look at what’s on our collective astro-radar here at Astroguyz HQ for the coming month;

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