Category Archives: science fiction

Reflections on Classic Doctor Who from a New Who Fan

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With Doctor Who’s Christmas episode signaling the start of a new era for the show I decided the best way to prepare for a new Doctor and to show my appreciation for everyone who, over the last 50 years, worked so hard to keep Doctor Who going was to watch as much of classic Doctor Who, the original 26 season run of the series, as I could stand and/or easily get my hands on.

Even with this resolve, as a person who’s only seen the new Doctor Who, I had worries; what I knew of the original run is what I read from comments and articles. I was expecting a show that bore little resemblance to the new Doctor Who based on the vehemence of comparisons made between the two by fans of the old. I was expecting a show with such truly horrible production values that it would impact the enjoyment of the show. I was expecting padded, questionable writing to be the standard with only a couple serials good enough to compete with the new series.

In short, I wasn’t expecting to particularly enjoy the task I’d set out to accomplish.

Read on to see how I fared or infer the results from the pile of current airing anime I’ve let accumulate from the last couple of weeks.

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Review – Asimov’s Science Fiction: March 2013

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Much like this blog in general, my attempt at reviewing Asimov’s SF magazine lurches along with my review of the March issue. :)

Two things held me up this time. The first is that I lent this issue out to my Dad to read before I could write this review and had to wait for it’s return so I could use it as reference. The second was the lackluster nature of this issue made it difficult to care. So if this is a bit brief, there is a reason.

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Review – Asimov’s Science Fiction: February 2013

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No, I didn’t forget about my pledge to review Asimov’s SF magazine this year. I wanted to finish my look back to the 2012 year of anime first but that’s done now and I can get to the other posts I’ve had cooking in my head.

Now onto the review of what just might end up being the strongest month of Asimov’s this year.

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Review – Asimov’s Science Fiction: January 2013

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I’m not one to make a New Years resolution but this year I decided to try one out and so I’m going to attempt reviewing this year’s run of Asimov’s Science Fiction magazines for this blog.

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This Post Contains Nearly 90 Years of Awesomeness

No joke.

Recently, two franchises with a combined history of 89 years released trailers for their respective upcoming series and watching them back-to-back left me with a pair of broken cheeks as a grin the size of the moon spread from ear to ear.

If you can guess which two franchises I’m referring too before looking below then give yourself a gold star because you’re a winner in my books. :)

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Book Reviews: Blackout and All Clear by Connie Willis

Why does even the best laid plans seem to get thrown out the window so quickly? Right now I had hoped to be working on my year end anime posts (after finishing the seasonal one I have partly up) but I made the mistake of picking up one of the books I got for Christmas. This lead me to a second book and then to rereading Blackout by Connie Willis before reading All Clear, also by her.

I couldn’t put Blackout/All Clear down (each book was really half of a single novel, like LOTR); so, because I haven’t written about SF in a long while and because I think this novel has a much greater chance for non-SF readers to enjoy it then normal, I’m going to write my review up – hoping to convince someone from my huge readership (all couple dozen of you) to give this excellent novel a chance. :)

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