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Spielberg’s Movie is a Noble Attempt But Nothing Will Ever Compare to the Novel

– By J.W. Fox – It is an old but true cliché: the book is always better than the movie. When I read Ready Play One, I knew it could make a great movie but Hollywood would never be able to make it. The licenses alone would keep it tied up, or force them to […]

Pacific Rim Tries to Make War Fun But Only Makes it Senseless and Nonsensical

– By J.W. Fox – Pacific Rim Uprising delivers exactly what you expect. Giant robots, fat kaiju with glowing blue blood, massive explosions, urban destruction, laughable science, flimsy plot, and one-dimensional characters. It is an opportunity to turn your brain off for a couple hours and watch senseless mayhem. The writers and producers tried their […]

The Moon and the Other by John Kessel

– By J.W. Fox –   John Kessel’s The Moon and the Other is very much a work of social science fiction, with all the pros and cons that go with that label. At times it is reminiscent of Heinlein, with characters having influential roles in Lunar politics, giving speeches, and lecturing one another on […]

Rebels Finishes Strong, Providing Much Needed Answers to Some Big Questions

– By J.W. Fox – WARNING: SPOILERS OF SERIES FINALE FOLLOW While the Star Wars saga marches on with Episodes 8 and 9, Disney is filling in some of the gaps with its Star Wars Stories and its animated series. Star Wars Rebels was their first, tying into to the events before A New Hope […]

Artemis by Andy Weir

– By J.W. Fox – Andy Weir is one of my favorite new writers. The self-published author not only explains technical details concisely and effectively, his first two novels are also showing he is a capable storyteller. The Martian was a fantastic novel that was turned into an excellent movie. Artemis is slightly different in that […]

Altered Carbon Packs a Lot into First Season, Maybe a Little Too Much

  – By J.W. Fox – WARNING: SPOILERS FOLLOW Netflix did not promote Altered Carbon as much as that new Cloverfield movie. That might have been a mistake. The first season of the unique new sci-fi show has a Blade Runner feel combined with good ole’ fashion Bruce Willis-style shoot’em up action. There are a […]

Ragnarok is Funny, Entertaining Detour from Avengers Saga

– By J.W. Fox – Thor has not enjoyed the same critical and box office success as his Avenger brethren. To turn it around, Marvel decided to take the character in a different direction in Thor: Ragnarok. To put it simply, the writers toned down the epic fantasy elements and amped up the jokes. It […]

Six Wake by Mur Lafferty

– J.W. Fox – You can find novels with generation ships, cloning, and mind mapping. No problem. What you won’t find is a novel that combines all those technologies in a space murder mystery. That is exactly what Mur Lafferty did in Six Wakes. An imaginative premise and strong world-building do it credit but mystery-lovers […]