Tag Archives: science fiction

“It’s not a person, damn it, it’s a Borg!” (Hypostasising Hugh)

The quotation in the title of this post is a line from Capt Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) to Guinan (Whoopi Goldberg) in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 5, Episode 23, ‘I, Borg.’ The Enterprise has on board a Borg … Continue reading

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Movies that would be different with the Three Laws of Robotics

First, so you know what’s going on, Isaac Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics: A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. A robot must obey the orders given to … Continue reading

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The Sensational ‘Day of the Triffids’

The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham My rating: 4 of 5 stars As with The Metamorphosis (the last book I reviewed here) which was also a recommendation from my brother Michael, I came to The Day of the … Continue reading

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Asimov’s Multivac and the Sybil at Cumae

Tomorrow I am leading a tutorial about the episode ‘Dinner at Trimalchio’s’ from Petronius’ Satyricon. This moment in the (oft) inane dinner conversation caught my eye: … I actually saw with my own eyes the Sybil at Cumae dangling in … Continue reading

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Doctor Who: ‘The Fires of Pompeii’ & The Chariots of the Gods

I actually contemplated writing a proper ‘article’ on this subject for a little while, then I decided not to. But, having just rewatched ‘The Fires of Pompeii’ tonight, I can’t help from at least blogging about it. Three bits follow … Continue reading

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The Martian Chronicles

As those of you who have been reading this blog for the long haul know, I am a fan of the late Ray Bradbury, for whom I wrote this tribute when he died last year. I recently acquired a copy … Continue reading

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The Importance of ‘The Naked Time’ (Star Trek: TOS, S1, E4)

In Berlin, the thing that excited me the most was not the Brandenburger Tor (which is cool), or Checkpoint Charlie (also cool), or a bit of the Wall (also cool), but Queen Nefertiti. And then, after Queen Nefertiti and the … Continue reading

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The Development of the Doctor (Who) [there will be spoilers!]

We’d better keep an eye on him [the Doctor], he seems to have a knack for getting into trouble. -Ian Chesterton, companion of the Doctor, in Series 1, 1963 In ‘The Name of the Doctor’, the series finale for this, … Continue reading

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Ginger Beer and Re-trying Stuff

Today I was out with a friend, and I happened to have a ginger beer. It reminded me of the first and second times I had ginger beer. The first time was as a child visiting Fort Edmonton, a fantastic … Continue reading

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I now know why the literati think SF sub-literary…

Every once in a while, I am irked by a tone of superiority that comes through some sources — such as my first-year undergrad English short fiction anthology — about genre fiction as not having high literary standards. Part of … Continue reading

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