Lispian Random meanderings on whatever catches my fancy

Science Fiction
Top 10 SF Novels

Wired has an article on the reader’s choice for top 10 SF novels: Dune by Frank Herbert TIE: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card TIE: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams Foundation by Isaac Asimov 1984 by George Orwell Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury Neuromancer by William Gibson Starship Troopers by Robert […]

Why I Don’t Believe in UFOs

A friend asked why I don’t believe in UFOs recently and that got me thinking. Why is it that I don’t? What just sets me on edge about the notion other than the predeliction of these aliens of performing anal probes, harassing country bumpkins and generally abusing cattle? But after a bit of thought I […]

Count Dooku, the Waste of a Great Character

I’ve had long conversations with friends and family about Star Wars over the years, and I still do a Star Wars marathon with the kids now and again — and hope to do the Machete Order next time around. As an aside, the Machete Mix just seems like a great idea and was first proposed […]

Darth Vader: Venture Capitalist

I’ve been through a number of start-ups and friends of mine are still toiling through theirs. And although I have rejoined their ranks as a CTO in a research-oriented startup I don’t miss the turmoil associated with trying to please investors, customers, and employees all before you have a product. Especially when it seems that […]

Juggler of Worlds

Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner have done it again with Juggler of Worlds. Although the book is more an amalgamation of various pieces from Niven’s repertoire the tapestry within which those stories are superimposed is most excellent and better fill in the Known Space history many of us have come to know and love. […]

Arthur C. Clarke Passes

Arthur C. Clarke passed away today at the age of 90. It was one of his stories that first introduced me to science fiction back in the 70s. The story was History Lesson. Once I’d read that I started hunting for everything by Arthur C. Clarke and was never once disappointed. It lead me to […]

Juggler of Worlds…
Juggler of Worlds…

Fleet of Worlds was simply awesome. Finally, after many years, a book worthy of Ringworld and The Ringworld Engineers. And now here’s another Ringworld book! This is set 200 years before Ringworld was discovered, which I assume is 200 years before the Puppeteers find Ringworld but after the Pak have long gone from the scene. […]

Something great, surreal, and cool

Something Great I just finished Larry Niven’s latest Known Space book. It was written with Edward M. Lerner. If this is an indication of what this collaboration can do for Niven and Known Space then I hope Niven and Lerner collaborate on a lot of books in the next little while. It was easily the […]

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