I thought I’d make some remarks concerning Hulu’s series, The First, regarding the first crewed mission to Mars. I like how they turned a cliche on its head to explore the relationship between an astronaut and his daughter. The cliche is one we’ve scene before: male scientist/engineer/astronaut is left to raise his one child, a […]Read more "The First"
This will be the first of several posts that will consider time travel as presented by Harlan Ellison. I’d like to start with one of his most popular works, the “City on the Edge of Forever” episode of Star Trek. The basic plot is that the Enterprise detects a violent time and space disturbance on […]Read more "Time Travel and Harlan Ellison Part I"
Recently while I was on vacation I spent some time working on a new project and was conducting some research on Harlan Ellison. Somewhat to my surprise, I saw that he had died just a few days prior. His death hadn’t gotten much attention and that was the first I had heard about it. I […]Read more "Harlan Ellison"
I suggest that instead of going back in time to kill your grandfather (or any other male ancestor) you get him the perfect gift: a book about all that cool sci-fi he watched while growing up (assuming he ever did grow up! I know just the book: The Physics and Astronomy of Science Fiction by….me! […]Read more "(Grand)father’s Paradox Day"
Although I was very honest about my mixed opinions of the Lost In Space reboot, I was glad to see that Netflix has now committed to a second season, presumably to be out next spring (although Netflix fans know that “seasons” don’t necessarily come in fixed intervals). It will be interesting to see what becomes […]Read more "Netflix Commits to LIS!"
Though a dynamic and eye-catching adventure with some fine acting sprinkled in, Netflix’ reboot of Lost in Space just doesn’t quite grab me. Though I’m interested enough to “tune in” again next season, I don’t think its because of the gripping plot-line. Maybe its because I’m secretly hoping it becomes more like the original? Well, […]Read more "Netflix Gets Lost in Space"
Last week I posted about what the original LIS series got wrong in terms of Physics, Astronomy and some related subjects. Today I’ll talk about what they got right. 1. Non-humanoid intelligent aliens: In just their second show back in the autumn of 1965 they encountered intelligent “bubble-like” creatures. They didn’t speak at all (in […]Read more "Lost in Space: What they Got Right!"