Planetfall by Emma Newman

Planetfall by Emma Newman

February 10, 2016 Comments Off on Planetfall by Emma Newman

This is a difficult book to review because of the nature of the story. It all unfolds rather like the layers of an onion, as more details come to light.

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

November 19, 2015 Comments Off on Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

Nnedi Okorafor’s latest work, Binti, manages to bring freshness and originality to what is basically a coming-of-age story. The heroine is Binti, a young Himba woman (a tribal group in a future Africa who specialize in mathematics and its use in technology – and who never leave home) who is accepted into Oomza University, the most advanced and rigorous university in the galaxy.

The Martian

The Martian

October 14, 2015 Comments Off on The Martian

It’s not often in the world of books and movies that they intersect in a pleasing manner.  I’m pleased to say that the film adaptation of The Martian flies in the face of that paradigm, instead bringing us a picture (albeit abridged) of the struggles and triumphs of Mark Watney on Mars.

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

October 1, 2015 Comments Off on Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

Seveneves is a must-read. The characters are believable, the many plot lines are expertly woven together, and the result is a delightful page-turner that will satisfy fans of both “hard” and “soft” science fiction.

Space! The Universe as You’ve Never Seen it Before

Space! The Universe as You’ve Never Seen it Before

September 28, 2015 Comments Off on Space! The Universe as You’ve Never Seen it Before

This tome covers its topics in glorious verbal and visual detail, using both the latest digital imaging technology, and including amazing computer-generated cutaways and photorealistic images.

Galileoscope’s Little Helper

Galileoscope’s Little Helper

August 4, 2010 Comments Off on Galileoscope’s Little Helper

Like the Galileoscope, this is a kit that you put together yourself. It comes with a great instruction sheet which is printed on glossy paper. Along with the do-it-yourself guide is the note that “you will need to take your SkyViewer or Galileoscope apart . . .”

International Year of What?

International Year of What?

August 29, 2009 Comments Off on International Year of What?

This IYA2009 Cornerstone Project, designed to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s first astronomical observations through a telescope, has gotten so far behind that the event has passed, as have January’s Launch of the International Astronomy Year (IYA) at UNESCO in Paris, and the anniversary of Johannes Kepler’s publication of the Astronomia nova.