Cheaper Malice

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I am currently reading Forever Peace, by Joe Haldeman. It is science-fiction, centered on an interface technology, surgically installed in the brain, that enables users to communicate mentally with machines and with each other. An effect of this technology is that users who “jack in” together are able to know each other fully. There are […]

Miami Vice S1E11: Little Prince

An almost completely serious episode. Just one moment during a stake-out montage where Zito and Switek have a girly poster up, for Gina and Trudy to roll their eyes over. More good (if sparse) acting from Edward James Olmos, who is fitting well into his role. Poor writing, and fairly poor acting from the guest […]

Abandon House of Earth and Blood?

The Goodreads Choice Awards 2022 for Fantasy have been overwhelmingly declared for House of Sky and Breath, by Sarah J. Maas. It is the second in a series, so I thought I should start with the first novel, House of Earth and Blood. I guess it more or less counts as urban fantasy. There is […]

TV in Summer 2022

As of today, I have watched (extended highlights of) 20 of the 21 stages of the Tour de France. This is probably more sports than I have ever watched on television, including the year Mark McGwire was doing his home run thing. But hey, I’m kind of serious about cycling now. I will watch the […]

Abandon Tidelands?

I am thinking about abandoning Tidelands, by Philippa Gregory. Unexpectedly, I used up all of my audio books, leaving me with nothing to listen to during longish drives. In an act of desperation, I went to the local Barnes & Noble to sift through their inadequate inventory. All they ever stock are trash pulp novels […]

AI Fiction

This is going to become my authoritative list of recommended science-fiction that involves Artificial Intelligence characters. I realize that it will become unwieldy. Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie This is probably my favorite. I say “probably” because Murderbot is a very close second. The protagonist of this space opera was once the central AI of a […]

Miami Vice S1E9: Glades

I assume all the show’s writers were fired after this episode. It was so bad, my friend Carlos could have written it. It was so bad, they had to fill it in with artistic montage footage, which they did on at least three occasions. It wasn’t supposed to be funny, but the number of stereotypical […]

Abandoned, June 2022

I sat down to read The Kaiju Preservation Society, the latest novel from one of my favorite authors, John Scalzi. Right away, the protagonist is introduced as Jamie, an ambiguously gendered name. No hint right away whether the character is male or female. No problem, I’ll just keep reading, and I’m sure it will be […]

Miami Vice S1E6: One Eyed Jack

An all-around decent episode. I believe we have reached the point of having worked out all of the kinks in the production of “Miami Vice”. In particular, one of the kinks that has been worked out is the lieutenant that the department reports to. Lt. Castillo is a dignified, quiet-spoken, serious leader, and he is […]