May 23, 2017

May 5th: Revenge of the Sith

A Sith Lord (?) at the eyepiece.

So, did you survive May the 4th? Yeah, much like Talk Like a Pirate Day, “May the 4th Be With You” is now on its way to crass commercialization. And while there are nerdier days out there to celebrate such as Pi Day (March 14th) or Towel Day (May 25th) commemorating Douglas Adams Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, May 4th, has become a time for fans to expound on all things Star Wars. [Read more...]

June 2013: Life in the Astro-BlogoSphere: Spoilers or Just Spoiled?

For your viewing pleasure

(and to set your mind at peace)…

a rising waning gibbous Moon.

(Photo by Author).

It’s a tough vagabond life, being a science fiction critic these days. As the summer sci-fi blockbuster season rolls on, our fancy turns to movie reviews. Hey, I do it, we all do it. Science writers just can’t resist the urge to mention Harry Potter whenever a science story hints at the promise of invisibility, or segue into a sidebar about the astronomical plausibility of the worlds depicted in The Game of Thrones. We all chase after the all-mighty SEO, baby. [Read more...]

Review: Galactic Courier by A. Bertram Chandler

Out now from Baen Books!

Traverse the worlds of the Galactic Rim lightly, and carry a big laser cannon. Those might be the words of wisdom of starship captain and all-round opportunist John Grimes in this week’s latest science fiction review.

Galactic Courier is a magnum opus by A. Bertram Chandler out from Baen Books that covers no less than four novels in the Commodore Grimes saga; Star Loot (1980), Matilda’s Stepchildren (1979), To Keep the Ship (1978) and of course,  Star Courier (1977). [Read more...]

13.02.11: A Monster in M87.

NASA’s Chandra X-Ray observatory recently peered into the heart of the M87 galaxy in the constellation Virgo. Well known to backyard observers as one of the highlights of the Virgo galaxy cluster, M87 harbors something truly spectacular; one of the most massive black holes known. In fact, researchers American Astronomical Society meeting in Seattle Washington earlier last month upgraded to WOW factor of the M87, calculating a mass of 6.6 billion suns.

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2010: The Year in Science Fiction

The Breath-taking world of Pandora… (Credit: 20th century Fox).

2010 was an odd year of sorts for science fiction; the major franchises (i.e., Star Trek, Star Wars, etc…) are on their respective “gap years,” but the odd indie gem was indeed out there, if you knew where to find them… [Read more...]

Review: Adam; A Valentine’s Day Astronomy Flick!

Adam: Now out for rental this Valentine's weekend!

      Adam: Now out for rental this Valentine’s weekend!  

(Editor’s note; this Valentine’s Day weekend, love is in the air here at Astroguyz HQ as we review a quirky but astronomical-themed modern day romance flick; read on;) 

   Not all great astronomy movies need be Sci-Fi flicks. Once in a very great while, we unearth an offbeat film with enough astronomical flair that it warrants mention to you, the unsuspecting science public. Such is the case with the indie flick Adam, written and directed by Max Mayer. We recently caught this tale of love in a time of astronomy via Netflix, and were thoroughly amused and impressed. Adam is best described as Rain Man or I Am Sam turned science-romance tale. The setting is Manhattan, and Adam, played by Hugh Dancy, is a brilliant young man who is afflicted with Asperger’s Syndrome. Adam has a fascination with astronomy, but often has problems connecting with everyday interpersonal relations. [Read more...]

Themes in Science Fiction.

HG Wells: The first and last word in Scifi? (Public Domain image).

HG Wells: The first and last word in Scifi? (Public Domain image).

Zombies. Ray-guns. Spacecraft that defy physics. Sure, sci-fi is rife with, well, bad plot devices that you could fly an Imperial Star Destroyer through. But if you subsist on a steady diet of the fantastic, a set of themes emerge. Here is an Astroguyz tongue-and-cheek original, a quick baker’s dozen of the themes that we’ve identified and tagged in the wild. Feel free to submit your own! [Read more...]

2008: The Year in Science Fiction.

Star Trek.

The site of a thousand bad scifi planets…Vasquez Rocks outside of L.A. (Credit: Paramount).

This year, the theme seemed to be zombies, zombies, (and more zombies), messiahs, and dirty, gritty, anti-futures. Add in a tight leather space suit or two, (which never seems to go out of style) and you’ve got a space opera flick. Warning; as this is the first in our yearly installment of this year in Scifi, expect some 2007-2008 overlap! [Read more...]

My Personal Connection with the Universe

Even since I was young, I’ve looked towards the stars. One of my earliest memories was looking up at the cresent moon, in conjunction with some bright planet (probably Venus) as my Aunt Lorraine carried me up to our apartment in Mapleton, Maine. Not that I knew what any of these objects were. I just thought that they were bright and shiny, and due my rapt attention. All these years later, a rising moon still draws me outdoors. [Read more...]