Influx

Imagine a government agency whose job it is to protect the world from disruptive technology and you have the basic premise of Daniel Suarez’s fourth novel, Influx. What started out as a good idea in the 1940’s when there were new radical ideals like nuclear power and rockets has evolved into an agency that resembles …

Jumper

Jumper is the first of a series of novels by Steven Gould about a boy who finds out that he can teleport to any place that he’s previously been to. It is at its core a super hero origin story. The 2008 movie of the same name borrows the characters and the basic premise but …

The Martian

You may not have heard of Andy Weir. He has no Wikipedia page and he only has the one book listed on Amazon. His web site galactanet.com looks like a 1996 MySpace page. What he does have is the best hard science book about Mars I have ever read. The entire book involves the main …

When Worlds Collide

I’ve seen the 1951 Rudolph Maté movie adaptation of When Worlds Collide. It is near the top of classic 1950’s Science Fiction movies. I never gave its source material much thought. The movie won an Oscar that year for its special effects which involved the use of miniatures to convey the large scale of the …

Fuzzy Nation

I just finished reading Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi. This is a reimagining of H. Beam Piper’s Little Fuzzy. John Scalzi brought he bit of classic sci-fi up to a modern style. The story features a prospector, Jack Holloway, and his dog who stumble upon a valuable gem deposit on a planet devoid of intelligent …