The World of the Omniverse ranges over a multiverse populated with Elves, Pixies, Faeries, Dragons, Kobolds, Humans and other mythical creatures. At the center of the Omniverse looms the dark, mysterious presence of the Builders, creators of all. But most importantly, it has The Inn at the Crossroads, the mystical hub of the multiuniverse.

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The Ringworld Engineers, The Long Earth and The Furies of Calderon from the Codex Alera

Fantasy First: I love Jim Butcher and I wish I had written the Dresden Files. Let’s get that out in the open. I want another Dresden Files book and I want it now. Not getting what I want, I got side tracked into the Codex Alera. Let me say straight off, I hate it when people call their books or series Codex Something. It’s never fitting. But that is the only problem I have with The Furies of Calderon. This is the type of fantasy I love to read. This novel is a mix of the Darkover Series by Marion... Read More

The Great Depression, Causes and Extensions: a discussion

I wrote this as a post. for my political discussion group, not as a paper or formal discussion. It seems, however, that politicos are not economists. Nor do they enjoy learning or discussing fiscal or monetary policy. This is a departure from my usual posts. Enjoy. First of all, let’s look more closely at seashells as currency and Keynesian economics. Keynesian economics for a very long time disregarded monetary policy. Keynesians argued for many years that monetary policy was powerless. So if you are looking for your seashells as currency, you need not look any further than Keynes. (See: Keynesian... Read More

Inverted World and Doomsday Book

This is a review of Inverted World by Christopher Priest and Doomsday Book by Connie Willis. Doomsday Book won a Nebula and a Hugo award. As most of you know, I review the (rubber) science and technology in science fiction novels and movies. Since there is precious little science in today’s science fiction, and precious little technology, I often have to resort to talking about writing or plot or theme. Many of the books I’ve been reading lately call themselves science fiction but I would not. However, both Inverted World and Doomsday Book are science fiction. And I am currently... Read More

The Name of the Wind and Station Eleven

Neither of these two books contains science or math, not even rudimentarily. So, this post won’t be an analysis of the science or math. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss is a fantasy story but mentions basic sciences, chemistry, physics, as well as alchemical studies, sympathy, alchemy, will-power, and naming. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel mentions some small medical science but doesn’t go beyond the concept stage, for example, mutated swine flu virus. All in all The Name of the Wind has more rubber science or rather magic in it than Station Eleven. So, that leaves... Read More

Movies and Novels: Project Almanac, The Name of the Wind and other fantasy

This post was supposed to be a post on the science of Project Almanac. There is no science in the movie. None at all. There isn’t even any bogus math. However, there are some really impressive looking gadgets and some interesting ways of looking at alternative world timelines. But most of the technology and science just doesn’t make any sense, when it’s there, that is. I did not want to finish this review. If it weren’t for all the requests for me to finish it I would have given this movie a pass. As a time travel movie, it’s OK.... Read More

Movies part 2b: Loopers

Loopers is your basic cowboy science fiction time travel story with a twist. If you like Bruce Willis without Cybill Shepherd, then you’ll love this movie, though Willis is only in about a quarter of the movie. The premise of the movie is that some mobster has taken control of the mobs, unifies them, and is now a shadow government within the US and has planet wide reach. In short, the whole story line is a self-fulfilling prophecy redux. And when I say redux, remember, I’m talking about time travel so there is a lot of looping. (If you haven’t... Read More

Movies part 2a: Ex Machina, Robot and Frank, Loopers, Safety Not Guaranteed

If you have not read part 1 yet, please click here. There are two reason why this blog post is so late. The first reason being that I had to wait until I had watched Loopers. The second reason was I’ve been busy with my other hobby. And my final excuse, I read and critiqued one of my brother’s papers. A really great paper, by the way. Look for it in Language. I’ve already praised the acting, the set design, the camera work, and the special effects on Ex Machina. These are all seamless and well executed. Now, let’s get... Read More

Movies Part 1: Ex Machina and Primer, Safety Not Guaranteed

This blog is not a movie review blog or even a book review blog or even a story review or magazine review blog. That’s not its purpose. This blog is about reading and writing. You will notice that many of the posts found on this blog are about art, science, mathematics, poetry as well as science fiction and fantasy. This blog is about what I like to read and write. I’ve tried to stay away from technical language and difficult to understand mathematics. I don’t always succeed. However, this post is going to break with that vision because I just... Read More

Still looking for the idea in science fiction…

Norman Spinrad has once again become my muse. In his article in Asimov’s entitled Doors to Anywhere, Spinrad trots out the science fiction author’s love afair with the multiverse. However, I must confess, I am not sure if he is speaking of the many worlds interpretation of quantum mechanism, which preserves both determinism and locality, that is, a predictable universe and no strange, spooky action at a distance, or if he is talking about multiple universes in cosmology a la Brian Green, click here. That is, the multiverse is like Swiss cheese and the holes in the Swiss cheese are... Read More

Installment Three, Genetics in the 24th century: The Trouble with the Trouble with Tribbles

Hang on to your hats, Trekkies, because I’m going to go after “The Trouble with Tribbles”. The Trouble with Tribbles was the 44th episode in the original Star Trek series and was written by Science Fiction legend David Gerrold, who also wrote the Martian Child, which was turned into a great movie. Gerrold wrote two of my favorite novels, When HARLIE Was One and The Man Who Folded Himself. The Trouble with Tribbles has been hailed as one of the best episodes the franchise has ever put out and I can’t disagree. I love David Gerrold. I am a huge... Read More