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My mind rebels at stagnation. Find the rebellious thoughts of that constantly racing mind at my blog, Monitoring the Media.

Book Review: ‘The Martian’ by Andy Weir

themartian

A runaway bestseller, the book boasts a simple but intriguing premise: with a mission gone wrong, NASA astronaut Mark Watney is accidentally stranded on Mars and needs to find a way to survive and get back to Earth. Read More »

‘Supernatural’ 200th Episode Review: Fan Fiction’

Supernatural

On Tuesday night, Supernatural aired its 200th episode. It’s a landmark that few shows achieve. Read More »

DVD Review: ‘Arrow – Season Two’

Arrow

Arrow's second season was full of unforgettable characters, emotional growth, and stunning action, which continue to deliver, and make this show worth not only watching, but rewatching. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Lock In’ by John Scalzi

Lock In by John Scalzi

Scalzi's new sci-fi novel is set in a near-future world that feels full of verisimilitude and yet full of interesting ideas and unique creations. Read More »

Book Review: ‘The Beekeeper’s Apprentice’ by Laurie R. King (20th Anniversary Edition)

bees

If you’re ever wondering which of the thousands of novels about Sherlock Holmes you should pick up once you’ve finished the original sixty stories, this one is a good bet. Read More »

Movie Review: Luc Besson’s ‘Lucy’

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As Einstein so poignantly said, “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity – and I’m not sure about the former.” And that just about sums up this movie. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Raven’s Tears’ by Alesia and Michael Matson

ravenstears

The first of a high fantasy trilogy that would have benefited from stronger worldbuilding. Read More »

North American Science Fiction Convention: Day 2

Jeff Sturgeon's "Ruins on Talos 3," a version of which I obtained.

3D printing, starship management, and the magic of science in Detroit. Read More »

The Pride and the Prejudice of ‘Wuthering Heights': Oldcastle Books Pulps the Classics

wuthering heights pulp the classics

Maybe what Pulp! The Classics is really doing is returning these classic novels to their original context of popular culture and entertainment. Read More »

The North American Science Fiction Convention Lands in Detroit: Day 1

The Renaissance Center, impressive and futuristic home of the convention.

Detroit seems to encapsulate a little bit of both worlds into it: both the pessimism and the optimism of science fiction, its bleak futures and its hopeful projections. Read More »