Max Brooks

Max Brooks Born: May 22, 1972 Died: TBA Son of renowned director, producer, writer and actor Mel Brooks. History degree from Pitzer College Comedic writer for SNL (2001-2003) Appeared on Roseanne Max Brooks seemed to come out of no-where with “World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War”. Who is this genius who • Read More »

John Varley

Born: August 9, 1947 Died: TBA Arguably the most under-read science fiction writer of all time 5 Things I Love About John Varley’s Writing #5 He’s funny SF has many wonderful qualities, but frankly, it’s a wee bit lacking humour. Not so with Varley. He has funny characters (Valentine from “The Golden Globe” is my • Read More »

Titan by John Varley

Title: Titan Author: John Varley Published: 1979 To submit a detailed article, click here! It’s hard to believe that “Titan” is over thirty years old. One of those books that I read on at least a yearly basis (along with “Wizard” and “Demon”), it remains eternally fresh, surprising, irreverent, and current. The small crew of • Read More »

The Gaean Trilogy by John Varley

 Titan (1979) Wizard (1980) Demon (1984)   The Gaean Trilogy is my all time favorite science ficiton series. I know, there is some truly outstanding competition, but John Varley’s just keeps me coming back. In this series we are introduced to Gaea, a Stanford torus, 1300 km wide who is God to her diverse inhabitants. • Read More »

Arthur C Clarke

Born: December 16, 1917 Died: March 19, 2008 ***SPOILER ALERT for Arthur C Clarke: “2001: A Space Odyssey”, “Songs of a Distant Earth”, and “Childhood’s End”*** Arthur C Clarke, one of the Grand Old Men of science fiction, is likely best known for his knowledge and practical (if always futuristic) use of science in his • Read More »

Slow Apocalypse by John Varley

Title: Slow Apocalypse Author: John Varley Published: 2012To submit a detailed article, click here! Buy it at Buy it at In “Slow Apocalypse” John Varley forays into what maybe the first truly formulaic piece I’ve ever read of his. My feelings are mixed. It’s present time, or close enough to not tell the • Read More »

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

Title: The Left Hand of Darkness Author: Ursula K. Le Guin Published: 1970Hugo and Nebula Awards Winner Review for an entry into the Hugula contest! Buy it at Buy it at Written by Ursula Le Guin in 1970, this modern classic has a timelessness to it that is sure to mystify and entrance • Read More »

Isaac Asimov

Born: January 2, 1920 Died: April 6, 1992 Isaac Asimov, as well as being one of the most interesting individuals in literature, is also one of the most quotable. Although he didn’t have Wilde’s ability to polarize and shock generation after generation, he remains on of the most quoted writers of recent history for a • Read More »

Enders Game by Orson Scott Card

Title: Enders Game Author: Orson Scott Card Published: 1985Winner of the Hugo and Nebula AwardsReviewing “Ender’s Game” gives you one entry into the Hugula Challenge! Buy Ender’s Game at Buy Ender’s Game at “Ender’s Game” is without question among the most influential science fiction novels of recent history. A large part of that • Read More »

Ender in Exile by Orson Scott Card

Title: Ender in Exile Author: Orson Scott Card Published: 2008 Overall Rating: 3/5 Writing: 4/5 SF Coolness Factor: 2/5 Story: 3/5To submit a detailed article, click here! It’s decent. It’s moderately interesting. And only those who are already fanatical Ender fans should read it. The novel takes place in the time between “Ender’s Game” and • Read More »