The Five Fists of Science

July 23, 2008 at 5:01 pm (Steampunk)

The year is 1899, and the only thing standing between J.P. Morgan’s demonic hordes and their goal of world domination is the dynamic duo of scientist Nikolai Tesla and famous American novelist Mark Twain. Be there as Nikolai Tesla (AKA, the Master of Lightning, the Millionaire Playboy, etc.) battles ferocious beasts of light and energy with his towering “Tesla-Tronic Dynamo” and finally takes the fight to Morgan himself in a battle to prevent the end of the world itself! It’s a thrill ride of unique proportions and design that you won’t forget, and that will have you coming back for more again and again… Read More

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Scar Night

July 23, 2008 at 4:58 pm (Steampunk)

A truly vivid and well illustrated read, Alan Campbell’s Scar Night is full of gorgeous and competently fleshed-out imagery, making it the kind of visually staggering read that would lend itself well to film. Set in the city of Deepgate, a massive steampunk-esque metropolis suspended over an equally massive abyss by a network of gigantic chains, Scar Night is the tale of a young man named Dill who isn’t a man at all– he is the last of the angels who serve Ulcis, or so it is said… Read More

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Front Lines

July 23, 2008 at 4:56 pm (Science Fiction)

This little anthology, edited by Denise Little, jumped out at me last time I ended up wandering around Barnes and Noble, looking for something a little different to read. I couldn’t help it– the cover just snagged me. Two star-fighter looking ships cruising over dramatic and cloud-greyed urban sky with some magenta-clad reporter-type standing there looking at them. I figured hey, what the heck, right? It’s been a long time since I’ve read any military sci-fi, and this book promises 21 all new installments of it!… Read More

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Altered Carbon

July 23, 2008 at 4:46 pm (Cyberpunk)

Imagine a world where the mind has been digitized, where every man, woman and child in the universe has been downloaded into a “cortical stack” that sits in the spine and runs whatever body it’s attached to, whether it be the body a person was born in, a genetically-engineered and boosted custom form– or someone else’s body entirely… Read More

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Beyond The Safe Zone

July 23, 2008 at 4:43 pm (Science Fiction)

I picked this little gem up at my favorite bookstore when it went out of business. *sniff* All that aside, I have to say that I haven’t read anything quite like this before. It was wierd, but in a good way, which made it really interesting, though most of it was about as solid and real-feeling as a hypnotically-induced acid trip… Read More

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The Catcher in the Rye

July 23, 2008 at 4:41 pm (General Fiction)

Published in 1959, this novel, which is considered by many to be a classic and important piece of American literature, has got to be one of the most hated novels from that list of books you’re forced to read in highschool. It’s like “Lord of the Flies”– you read it because you have to, because the school says you have to, and there’s going to be a test on it. It’s famous, everybody knows it, and some board of dried-up arcane magi that lord over the fate of the literary world have decreed year after year that you must read it, or else your education just wouldn’t be complete… Read More

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Robert A Heinlein’s Starship Troopers

July 23, 2008 at 4:38 pm (Science Fiction)

When people say the name: “Starship Troopers,” the first thing that often comes to mind is the 1997 B movie directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring Casper Van Dein as the intrepid hero Johnny Rico. It’s one of those films, you either love it or you hate it– I can’t speak for everyone, but I think you have to be in a certain mood (or mindset) to enjoy a movie filled with angry, yelling soldiers and drill instructors.

The book, however, was alot more interesting and appeals to a much larger audience (in my opinion). It’s philosophical, it’s gritty, it’s realRead More

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Space 1889

July 23, 2008 at 4:33 pm (Steampunk)

Following the vien of the subgenre known in literary circles as Steampunk, Space 1889 takes the technology and ideas of the industrial revolution that much farther with solar-powered boilerships that plow through the heavens and send the people of an increasingly expansionist British Empire, their allies and their enemies into the untapped depths of the solar system… Read More

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