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My Top 10 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Novels: #5 – Doomsday Book

April 26, 2011 Leave a comment

#5 – Doomsday Book by Connie Willis (1992)



Another novel by Connie Willis which follows time travelling historians. This time, a history student is sent back to the 14th century, further back in time than any history student before her.

She wishes to go back to the 1320, but she ‘accidentally’ arrives in the year 1348; the time of the Black Death epidemic in England.

The story then switches back and forth between the 14 century and the 21st century, where a history professor desperately tries to bring his lost student home. However, another wrench is thrown in the machinery when a flu epidemic breaks out in the 21st century as well.

Is it possible the Black Death came forward in time?

Despite the dark overtones of being in the worst flu epidemic in history, Willis manages to make this more of a dark-comedy than a straight up thriller.

The novel won both the Hugo and Nebula awards and is considered one of the greatest works of science fiction in recent history.

All Entries

#10 – Watership Down

#9 – The Harry Potter Series

#8 – The Wheel of Time Series

#7 – The Stars My Destination

#6 – To Say Nothing of the Dog

#5 – Doomsday Book

#4 – Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal

#3 – The Farseer Trilogy

#2 – Flowers for Algernon

#1 – The Martian Chronicles

My Top 10 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Novels: #6 – To Say Nothing of the Dog

April 25, 2011 Leave a comment

#6 – To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis (1997)


Connie Willis has become one of my favourite authors. Most of her books take place in the same universe, in which University history professors have access to time-travel technology to help them study the past.

‘To Say Nothing of the Dog’ is a comic science fiction story following the (mis)adventures of Ned Henry and Verity Kindle, two folks from the year 2057 who have been sent back to pre-World War II England.

Their objective is to find the ‘Bishop’s Bird Stump’, a piece of Victorian…something, that is necessary for a wealthy American woman to complete the restoration of the Coventry Cathedral, which was destroyed by German bombings during the war.

While the main story sounds a tad dry, Willis’ hilarious writing style,  lovable characters and possible time paradoxes make this a real page turner; something difficult to do for a comedy novel.

“Cats, as you know, are quite impervious to threats”

– Connie Willis, To Say Nothing of the Dog

All Entries

#10 – Watership Down

#9 – The Harry Potter Series

#8 – The Wheel of Time Series

#7 – The Stars My Destination

#6 – To Say Nothing of the Dog

#5 – Doomsday Book

#4 – Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal

#3 – The Farseer Trilogy

#2 – Flowers for Algernon

#1 – The Martian Chronicles

DeLorean From Back To The Future Out For a Drive!

November 9, 2010 1 comment

I don’t think it was Doc or Marty driving, but after the Scream Awards in L.A. someone took the DeLorean out for a bit of a spin.

Can you imagine seeing this thing out on the road? I would flip my lid!

P.S. Thanks to @jsdiaz_ for sending me this!

The Adventure of Links: Nov. 1, 2010

November 1, 2010 2 comments

In this weeks Adventure of Links, we have accidental condom inhalation, water on Mars, a Star Trek cat fight, and a time traveller in an old silent movie. Happy reading!

Health

Accidental condom inhalation during fellatio: A Love Story Case Study

Homeopathic teething tables have been recalled. Apparently, they hadn’t diluted the poison enough so that it was useless, like most homeopathic remedies.

Are health drinks as good as they claim? The answer will not surprise you.

Unregulated Naturopaths putting lives at risk.

Physics/Astronomy

The Physics of how a wet dog shakes (with video).

Pumpkins pulverized, in the name of science of course.

NASA Mars rover finds evidence of subsurface water, while it was stuck!

The Laws of Physics explained, in comic form.

Fun/Funny

Star Trek Cat Fight. Yes, it’s as awesome as it sounds.

“Our Differences make us interesting, not enemies.” The Rally to Restore Sanity was held this past weekend.

10 useful things you can do with your body after you’re dead. Being a zombie is not on the list.

This weeks “You needed a study to know that?!?”: Bullying Widespread in Schools.

A neurological explanation of why the new Gap logo sucked.

Smart people drink more. Science says so.

Skepticism

Is there a time traveller in a 1928 Charlie Chaplain film? I’m not sure, but I am pretty sure it was a slow news day that day.

Canadian man claims the government stole his meteorite which contained alien organisms. The RCMP (the Mounties) say there is no evidence to support his claim.

Scientists find “proof” of psychic abilities. Note: if you have to put “proof” in quotation marks, it’s probably not true.

My Top 10 Sci-Fi Movies: #1! And The Winner Is…

August 8, 2010 Leave a comment

#1 – Back to the Future (1985)

Back when you couldn’t download movies and movie stores sometimes didn’t HAVE the VHS tapes you were looking for, I couldn’t get enough of this movie.

So I would rent it. Or rather, I would make my parents rent it for me. Over, and over, and over again. And I could not stop watching it.

Its just an all around fantastic movie. Its funny, exciting, and assuming time travel were actually possible, the causality paradoxes are somewhat, umm.. realistic?

Back to the Future recently turned 25, and its aged quite well. I still find myself watching it over and over again. Still laughing at how Doc Brown looks exactly the same in 1955 and 1985, and at Biff’s ultimate demise.

So building a time machine into a DeLorean was a great idea Doc Brown. It lead to two more BTTF movies as well; the second wasn’t that great, but part three in the old west was almost as good as the original.

So the great directing of Robert Zemeckis, great acting by Lloyd and Michael J. Fox and a clever script make Back to the Future my favourite science fiction movie of all time. Actually, its my favourite movie of all time in ANY genre.

Well I hope you all enjoyed reading my top 10 sci fi movies of all time (mostly from the 80s). Check them out if you haven’t already. Good times.

“If my calculations are correct, when this baby hits 88 miles per hour, you’re gonna see some serious shit.”

Full List:

#10 – The Terminator (1984)

#9 – Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

#8 – The Fifth Element (1997)

#7 – Aliens (1986)

#6 – Blade Runner (1982)

#5 – E.T. (1982)

#4 – Jurassic Park (1993)

#3 – V for Vendetta (2005)

#2 – Star Wars Trilogy (1977 – 1983)

#1 – Back to the Future (1985)

Happy 25th Birthday ‘Back to the Future’!

July 7, 2010 1 comment

It was July back in 1985 that Marty McFly first traveled through time, resulting in hilarity, excitement and pure awesome.

This is, in my humble opinion, one of the greatest science fiction movies of all time. It shows that sci-fi doesn’t have to be overly complex or have dozens of hidden meanings to be good.

This movie just takes an interesting premise like time travel, and puts an entertaining spin on it. Like Doc Brown says, “If you’re gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?!”

This movie is just flat out funny, entertaining, and appeals to a wide audience. Hell, they don’t even TRY to explain how the time machine works, they just go with it. And its awesome!

Spawning two sequels (officially a trilogy) and a short lived animated series,

Animated Doc Brown with wife Clara, sons Jules and Verne, old pal Marty, and faithful dog Einstein

coupled with Michael J. Fox’s high profile struggle with Parkinson’s Disease, ‘Back to the Future’ will live on as one of those movies everybody has seen. And if you haven’t, what the hell are you waiting for?