32 of 32
32
Babylon 5/Star Trek and Serious Sci-Fi about the Shape of Things to Come
Posted: 01 September 2015 11:46 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 466 ]
Sr. Member
Avatar
RankRankRankRankRankRankRankRankRankRank
Total Posts:  2901
Joined  2007-04-26
psikeyhackr - 31 August 2015 08:27 PM

Oh No!

It’s been a year since I posted to this thread.

I just finished Ready Player One.  I was seriously impressed.  I had heard of it but ignored it because it was admittedly about a video gamer and gamer culture.  I broke down and listened to the audiobook because of a couple of Youtube reviews I watched.

I find the portrayal of 2045 quite interesting even though that is not what is emphasized in the story.  But the way I conceptualize a story it cannot just be what is happening in the virtual world, the characters have to deal with both.  There is a Groucho Marx quote in the story that I never heard.

“I’m not crazy about reality, but it’s still the only place to get a decent meal.”

I also listened to The Three Body Problem.  It gets lots of PR but I would not have written this post because of it.

[54789]
psik

I read Ready Player One a few months ago and thought it was pretty good also. Basically Second life met Oculus Rift and the world went to hell, and just as some evil wizards try to destroy it all a 21st century Harry Potter and friends come along to save the world. Throw in a lot of 1980’s pop and tech trivia and what’s not to like.

 Signature 

For every complex problem there is a solution that is simple, obvious,.... and just plain wrong

Profile
 
 
Posted: 13 January 2016 04:56 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 467 ]
Sr. Member
Avatar
RankRankRankRankRankRankRankRankRankRank
Total Posts:  2797
Joined  2007-07-05

The Alien (1951), by Raymond F. Jones
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/50783/50783-h/50783-h.htm

This book recently appeared in Project Gutenberg.  Testing with my word counting program shows it has a very high science word density 1.3.  Curiously this book mentions Korzybski twice and makes lots of references to semantics.  A number of science fiction writers were interested in Alfred Korzybski’s General Semantics in the 1940s.

http://www.heinleinsociety.org/rah/history/GeneralSemanticsInfo.html

I have only read 1/3rd of it so far and am not yet ready to comment.

[56551]
psik

 Signature 

Physics is Phutile
Fiziks is Fundamental
Since 9/11 Physics has been History

Profile
 
 
Posted: 20 February 2016 04:33 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 468 ]
Sr. Member
Avatar
RankRankRankRankRankRankRankRankRankRank
Total Posts:  2797
Joined  2007-07-05

A famous, or infamous, short story has turned up in Project Gutenberg

The Marching Morons, by C.M. Kornbluth
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/51233/51233-h/51233-h.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Marching_Morons

It could have inspired the movie Idiocracy.

psik

 Signature 

Physics is Phutile
Fiziks is Fundamental
Since 9/11 Physics has been History

Profile
 
 
Posted: 17 March 2016 11:22 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 469 ]
Sr. Member
Avatar
RankRankRankRankRankRankRankRankRankRank
Total Posts:  2797
Joined  2007-07-05

This is so cool and funny, I had to save it somewhere:

The Asteroids of Science Fiction
http://visiblesuns.blogspot.com/2016/03/the-asteroids-of-science-fiction.html

which authors from my science collection have asteroids. So this isn’t a comprehensive list, but rather one that reflects my reading preferences:

230765 Alfbester
5020 Asimov
9766 Bradbury
4923 Clarke
5748 DaveBrin
25924 DouglasAdams
10177 Ellison
115561 FrankHerbert
196772 FritzLeiber
6371 Heinlein
328305 JackMcDevitt
12284 Pohl
127005 Pratchett
2675 Tolkien
5231 Verne

psik

 Signature 

Physics is Phutile
Fiziks is Fundamental
Since 9/11 Physics has been History

Profile
 
 
Posted: 05 September 2016 09:01 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 470 ]
Sr. Member
Avatar
RankRankRankRankRankRankRankRankRankRank
Total Posts:  2797
Joined  2007-07-05

OK, the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek is almost upon us.

The US Post Office is introducing snail mail to the 23rd century.

http://www.space.com/33964-star-trek-forever-usps-stamps-commemorate-series-50th-anniversary.html

And there is a Star Trek Quiz to pass:

http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/star-trek-original-series-quiz.htm?mkcpgn=002a00d2f91803ecaf1deb2ae76a39d706&utm_source=outbrain&utm_medium=paid&utm_campaign=StarTrekOriginalSeries(desktop)&utm_term=3960&utm_content=Beam+Me+Up,+Scotty!+Quiz+Yourself+on+the+Origi

I got 27 out of 30.  Scoring below 20 means phaser fire on stun.  Below 15 and you get beamed into space.  LOL

[61199]
psik

PS - 6,000 more views in a year?  I could not have done half of those.

 Signature 

Physics is Phutile
Fiziks is Fundamental
Since 9/11 Physics has been History

Profile
 
 
Posted: 08 September 2016 09:36 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 471 ]
Sr. Member
Avatar
RankRankRankRankRankRankRankRankRankRank
Total Posts:  2797
Joined  2007-07-05

Happy Star Trek Day!

Sept 8 was a Thursday in 1966 but 1966 was not a Leap Year like this one.  So 1967 and 2017 should match up exactly.  Until Feb of 2018 because 1968 was a Leap Year.  Ah, the trivia.

1967 was the first Year of Star Trek since it did not air until Sept. 1966.

psik

 Signature 

Physics is Phutile
Fiziks is Fundamental
Since 9/11 Physics has been History

Profile
 
 
   
32 of 32
32
 
‹‹ Stargate -- a Lament      The Fountain ››