Tag Archives: sci-fi

Quick Movie Review – Dredd

Dredd

Judge Dredd: Negotiation’s over. Sentence is death.

An almost bafflingly pretty and well crafted film given the source material.  The story is simple, and it reaches exactly the conclusion you expect, but its a fun ride, and a very stylish flick.

7.5/10

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What I Just Read – We

We is Yevgeny Zamyatin‘s sci-fi novel about a world stripped of all freedom and ruled by strict and controlling schedules.  The novel is one of the first instances in of dystopian fiction, and served as a major influence on George Orwell’s 1984.

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What I “Just” Read – The Dispossessed

Yet another book review I’ve put off writing for far too long.  The Dispossessed is a science fiction meditation on Utopian societies by Ursula K. Le Guin.

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What I Just Read – Snow Crash

Snow Crash is Neil Stephenson’s cyberpunk adventure, and depending on who you ask, is either a total parody or a straightforward dystopian future novel.

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Frustration

“I want to get a job done,” he said.

“Does being celibate help?”

“There’s a connection.  But I don’t know what it is, it’s not causal.  About the time sex began to go sour on me, so did the work.  Increasingly.  Three years without getting anywhere.  Sterility.  Sterility on all sides. As far as the eye can see the infertile desert lies in the pitiless glare of the merciless sun, a lifeless, trackless, feckless, fuckless waste strewn with the bones of luckless wayfarers…”

The Dispossessed by Ursula K LeGuin


What I Just Read – Neuromancer

Neuromancer is William Gibson‘s first novel and the foundation for much of the cyberpunk sci-fi genre.

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Quick Movie Review – the Thing

The Thing (2011)

Adam Finch: So, I’m gonna die because I floss

A movie that strips away most of the tension and ambiguity and replaces it with overly clean visual effects, too much CGI, pretty protagonists, americanized Norwegians, a dumbed down and fast tracked plot and nearly none of the tension or craft of the original.  Not the worst or most offensive remake in recent memory, but definitely lacking in any real creativity and a totally unnecessary addition to the story.

3.5/10