Tag Archives: Science fiction

Mad Max Marathon!

The last two nights I watched the Mad Max trilogy: Mad Max, The Road Warrior, and Beyond Thunderdome. I have no desire to see the new one. I’ve heard mixed reviews about it and I think my main motive was nostalgia for some half remembered movies of my boyhood, not to see something new. Mad Max, the original, I had never seen […]

A Scanner Darkly

I recently got to watch the 2006 animated film A Scanner Darkly based on the Philip K. Dick novel. It was a solid adaption, and the first time I have enjoyed a movie staring Keanu Reeves since his Bill and Ted days. Reeves plays Bob Arctor, the undercover cop addicted to Substance D, a drug which erodes the synapses […]

Sad Puppies

Take One: The purpose of literature is to educate us morally and socially. Since the greatest threat to the moral and social order is systematic oppression of “the other”, good books therefore are ones which open our minds to the oppressed: women, minorities, gays, etc. Books which thoughtlessly reaffirm the unjust status quo are bad. […]

From the archives: Love in the Ruins

    For some reason this old post about an obscure book by an obscure author has been getting allot of views from search engines lately. Could it be that I am not the last Walker Percy fan left on earth? Is there renewed interest in Southern-Gothic and Bad Catholics? Or could it be the fact […]

Barbies in Space (The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch)

Phillip K. Dick has a few favorite themes to which he often returns: physic abilities, drug addiction, human evolution, ecological disaster, consumerism, the theology of St. Paul, law enforcement, space travel, etc. In The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch (1964) he deals with them all. With the sun heating up years before schedule and daytime temperatures on […]

Book Review: Walker Percy’s Love In the Ruins

Love in the Ruins, an apocalyptic comedy, was published in 1971 and takes place in what then would have been the “near future” of the early 1990’s. The place is Louisiana. The good old USA finds itself in a state of decline as liberals fight it out with conservatives, black guerrillas fight against whites, hippies living […]

Book Review: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Part 2)

Last time we looked at how, given the Law of Entropy and neo-Darwinian evolutionary theory, the situation of the people of today is not fundamentally different from the situation in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Sooner or later all life is going to be snuffed out. The difference is that the humanity of today does not […]

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

I have not read science fiction since I was in junior high, but since I enjoyed the movie Bladerunner, I decided to read the novel on which it was based, Phillip Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? The two works are quite different. Bladerunner’s strength is its film noir atmosphere and images of grand-scale […]