July 23, 2007

Summer Sci-Fi So Far

Posted in sci fi at 7:11 pm by Mike Milinkovich

So as I mentioned a few weeks ago, I’m working my way through a goodly chunk of Marc Andreessen’s top-ten new sci-fi authors list.

I realized after my last post that I wrote my initial list of five books in a pretty goofy order, as three out of the five were part of the same trilogy by John Scalzi: Old Man’s War, The Ghost Brigade and The Last Colony.

So let’s to the chase: so far Marc is on the money. As a lifelong Heinlein fan, the trilogy was wonderful. And I am suffering from the sleep deprivation to prove it. Highly recommended. Great use of science to lay out an alternative future universe with characters that are interesting and worthy of your attention.

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July 19, 2007

“I’m not here to talk, I’m here to rock and roll.”

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:37 am by Mike Milinkovich

I was able to go see John Fogerty‘s Ottawa concert last night (see review), and it was a real treat. Just getting to see him play my favourite CCR song Fortunate Son was worth the price of admission.

John Fogerty

Fogerty played a truly great, high-energy concert with the speakers turned alllll the way up. It is especially amazing when you consider that he’s 62 years old! The interesting wrinkle was that he seemed genuinely happy that people liked his music and the show. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a bona fide rock star actually sound humble and appreciative.

Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo fame opened the show. I’ve always thought that he was a great musician, but he could definitely use some of Fogerty’s energy and enthusiasm.

July 10, 2007

Summer Sci-Fi Reading

Posted in sci fi at 11:28 am by Mike Milinkovich

I’ve been reading Sci-Fi since I was 11 years old. In grade 6, I checked out Robert A. Heinlein’s “Have Spacesuit Will Travel” from the Knoxdale Public School library and became totally hooked. I’ve read just about everything Heinlein ever wrote, and likely ended up with a slightly more libertarian outlook on life as a result.

But I have to admit that my sci-fi reading has been a little stale recently. My usual algorithm of heading to Chapters and finding something that looks interesting has resulted in a couple of real duds lately.

I recently stumbled what looks to be a great list. Marc Andreessen’s top ten sci-fi authors for the 00’s. I ordered five books off of Amazon a few days ago, so I will let you know what I think of his list after I’ve worked my way through a couple of them.

The first ones I picked were:

  1. Old Man’s War
  2. The Last Colony
  3. Rainbow’s End
  4. The Ghost Brigade
  5. Weapons of Choice