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Posts will hopefully be regular based on the movies I see, the television shows I watch, and the books I read as well as what ever strikes me as noteworthy.


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Monday, December 10, 2012

New in Books, at least for me...

Greetings...

On Sunday night, while watching the Packers win over the Lions, I caught a trailer for a new Sci-Fi movie that is coming out in April starring Tom Cruise.  This will be, at least as far as I know, Cruise's second stab at Sci-Fi, with the first one (War of the Worlds) not coming in as a huge success. Here's the trailer...


I am thinking that this actually looks like it might have some promise.  I really enjoy post-apocalyptic stories, and this is one of those.

At the same time, I was on Twitter, trading puns with Larry Nemecek, also known as Dr. Star Trek.  If it has to do with Trek, Larry knows it.  He's also very quick with a pun and was very hard to keep up with.  Great wit.  Larry appears on many podcasts from time to time and is always fun to listen to.

I was also surprised to gain a new follower on Twitter, a gentleman named Ralph Ewig. He is on the real science scene and serves as a Mission Operations Engineer at SpaceX.  Yes the SpaceX that has flown two resupply missions to the ISS.

The SpaceX Dragon Vehicle Captured By The Arm Of The International Space Station

 I also learned that he is an author of Sci-Fi stories that are available through One Hand Publishing.  As far as I can tell, One Hand Publishing works for independent authors to help them get their works out to the public.  I purchased three works by Ewig, two short stories and one novel that I am looking forward to reading as soon as time permits.  I will, of course report back here when I do.  I paid less than $6 for Ewig's stories for my Kindle.  The two short stories are Choice and Freedom, and the novel is titled Eluthera.  Below is the trailer that goes with the novel...


There is also apparently another book in the works, perhaps a sequel to Elutheria called Sadaka.

Podcast News...

Scott and Miles posted a new edition of the SciFi Diner Podcast episode #158.  This is an interview only episode that is also about an author; Mr. Nicholas Eftimiades.  He is currently an American Government Official living in London.  His book, Edward of Planet Earth is a philosophical satire in the same vein as the works of Douglas Adams, author of the Hitchhiker's Guide series.  This sounds like an interesting book and I am hoping to read it sometime in the near future.

 Colin at the Trek News and Views podcast has also posted whit I consider to be the most useful show to date.  He and his guests talk for over an hour about Star Trek literature.  So when there's no series on television, and it is three years between films, what else is there to do if you can't get enough Trek, well you read.  This show is a quite comprehensive guide to what literature is available in novels, as well as comic books.  There are some ideas presented on what to go after, and what to avoid as well.  If you don't listen to any other edition of this podcast, and you are into Trek literature, this is the show to listen to.  Colin and his guests are quite well versed in this area.

I am currently setting aside the Star Trek: New Frontier series for a bit while I am reading a story by Philip K. Dick called Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep in preparation for my upcoming appearance on a future Scifi Rewind show dealing with the film Bladerunner.  The film is "loosely" based on the book.

A short entry I know, but this is information that seemed important.

Well, there it is...

Kahless