My Review of Henry Wessells’ A Conversation Larger Than the Universe Book Exhibit, Published at the Science Fiction Foundation

The Science Fiction Foundation recently published my review of A Conversation Larger Than the Universe: Science Fiction and the Literature of the Fantastic from the Collection of Henry Wessells. The exhibit, held at The Grolier Club in New York City from Jan. 2018 through 10 Mar. 2018 offered a very interesting afternoon’s exploration of one reader’sContinue reading “My Review of Henry Wessells’ A Conversation Larger Than the Universe Book Exhibit, Published at the Science Fiction Foundation”

Intel NUC 6I5SYH Hardware Review, BIOS Update, and Fedora 25 Installation Guide

Before Thanksgiving 2016, I purchased an Intel NUC 6I5SYH ($319.99 on sale at Microcenter, late-November 2016) to serve as my new home desktop computer. This review/guide is based on my initial setup of the 6I5SYH. The Intel NUC 6I5SYH is a small form factor (SFF) bare-bones personal computer from Intel’s “Next Unit of Computing” line. The 6I5SYH includesContinue reading “Intel NUC 6I5SYH Hardware Review, BIOS Update, and Fedora 25 Installation Guide”

A Brief Note on Steven Lynn’s Rhetoric and Composition: An Introduction

When I asked Dr. Courtney L. Werner, a friend and colleague at Kent State University where we earned our PhDs (find her blog here and connect with her on Twitter here), what I should read that captures the theoretical breadth and historical depth of her discipline of study–Rhetoric and Composition–I dutifully wrote down what she toldContinue reading “A Brief Note on Steven Lynn’s Rhetoric and Composition: An Introduction”

Minireview: The Reconcilers Graphic Novel Volume 1

While Y and I were sitting for several hours in an airplane–on the ground, I had the pleasure of meeting the writer, actor, and director Erik Jensen. After I mentioned to him that my specific area of training is in Science Fiction, he gave me a graphic novel saying, “here’s some Science Fiction for you.” I was thankful for theContinue reading “Minireview: The Reconcilers Graphic Novel Volume 1”

Review of Donald E. Hall’s The Academic Self: An Owner’s Manual, Recommended for Graduate Students, Postdocs, and Junior Faculty

Hall, Donald E. The Academic Self: An Owner’s Manual. Columbus: Ohio State UP, 2002. Print. I picked up Donald E. Hall’s The Academic Self from the Georgia Tech Library after completing my teaching assignment for Spring 2013–eleven years after the book had been published. Specifically, I was looking for books and articles to help meContinue reading “Review of Donald E. Hall’s The Academic Self: An Owner’s Manual, Recommended for Graduate Students, Postdocs, and Junior Faculty”

I Finally Got Around to Writing My First Amazon.com Review: Heather Masri’s Science Fiction Stories and Contexts

I’m not sure why I never wrote an Amazon.com review–there are certainly lots of books that I have a strong opinion about–but I finally wrote my first review there today on Heather Masri’s Science Fiction: Stories and Contexts. I suppose what put me over the edge was my outrage over 1-star reviews by people whoContinue reading “I Finally Got Around to Writing My First Amazon.com Review: Heather Masri’s Science Fiction Stories and Contexts”

Review of Battle: Los Angeles, Are the Marines Fighting Aliens or Corporate Raiders?

Last night, Y and I capped our Spring Break with a science fiction movie: Battle: Los Angeles (B:LA). I imagine that the film was pitched as Black Hawk Down meets War of the Worlds. B:LA follows a platoon and its replacement Staff Sergeant Michael Nantz as they are called on to rescue civilians in Los AngelesContinue reading “Review of Battle: Los Angeles, Are the Marines Fighting Aliens or Corporate Raiders?”

Book Review Leads to Criminal Libel Charge – NYTimes.com

As a regular reviewer of fiction and non-fiction books, I find this news story in The New York Times a little disturbing: In a little more than a week, a court in Paris will decide whether a law professor in New York committed criminal libel by publishing a book review. You will want to readContinue reading “Book Review Leads to Criminal Libel Charge – NYTimes.com”

James Blish’s A Case of Conscience

After a wonderful dinner at Mack and Sue Hassler’s house with my wife Yufang and our new friend Carter Kaplan, Mack lent me a copy of James Blish’s A Case of Conscience (1958). Mack knew that I had already presented a paper on James Cameron’s Avatar, and that I would present a revised version ofContinue reading “James Blish’s A Case of Conscience”