Tag Archives | aliens
When the aliens came it was nothing like the way science fiction and popular culture had predicted it. There was […]
Posted on 3 May 2014 | By Fence | Leave a response
Part of my Sci-Fi 2014 Experience When a book opens with a death by farting, two deaths by farting actually, […]
Posted on 17 January 2014 | By Fence | 6 responses
Book one in the Walking Cities series Blackwell is a Hugliev, a once powerful race that have been hunted to […]
Posted on 2 September 2013 | By Fence
This is a Superman film. And a Superman origins film at that, so you can guess at some of the […]
Posted on 15 June 2013 | By Fence | 1 response
For years humans had thought themselves alone in space. But then the Tampies made themselves known. And they, unlike humanity, […]
Posted on 16 May 2013 | By Fence | 2 responses
Vanessa works in a roadhouse in an isolated part of Australia. When we first meet her we don’t know why […]
Posted on 15 August 2012 | By Fence
Embassytown is a human colony on the planet Areika, the inhaitants are known by the local humans as the Hosts, and they are unique among life-forms as they cannot lie. Their Language is so tied up with meaning that they physically cannot speak what is not true. Avice grows up on Areika, but she has the talent of immersing, which is a sort of navigation through space, and so goes off-world. but one of her platonic husbands is a linguist, and fascinated by Language, so they return to Areika. And just in time to witness the whole world go to hell with the arrival of a new Ambassador.
Posted on 1 July 2011 | By Fence | 4 responses
Six years ago NASA launched a probe to investigate the possibility of life in outer space, but upon re-entry the […]
Posted on 23 December 2010 | By Fence | 7 responses
Dir. Ridley Scott
Can you believe that this film is 31 years old? Thirty one years old. That’s as old as I am. And yet it is still as effective as ever. And perfect for the RIP’s Peril on the Screen.
You probably all know the plot; a commercial space vessel’s crew is woken from cryo-sleep midway through their journey home. The ship’s computer has picked up a transmission that may be an SOS call. As they investigate they find an abandoned ship but suffer an attack on a crew member. They retreat to their own ship, carrying their injured member, and ignoring quarantine procedures, they undergo treatment from the science officer. And then things begin to go wrong…
Posted on 26 October 2010 | By Fence | 6 responses
Sometimes I wonder why I bother to read certain books at all. Why do I make myself finish them? Is it because I believe I’m a bad person and need to be punished? If that’s why I must have done something very bad:”(I cant imagine what…)”: to make myself finish this one.
Posted on 15 October 2009 | By Fence
ISBN: 0450551857 Because of that cover I think I expected more of a comedy book. Maybe not Pratchett-esque, but something […]
Posted on 10 June 2007 | By Fence | 5 responses
This was an impulse purchase, I’ve read one or two others by Tepper and although I enjoyed them I do think that she has a tendency to be a little preachy in her books. However if the story is good enough I’m willing to overlook that, and I’d have to say that I really enjoyed this novel. Set at some point far in the future when humankind has colonised many different worlds, the majority of this book takes place on the planet Grass, among the insular bon as the aristocrats are called.