Showing posts with label ScienceFiction. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ScienceFiction. Show all posts

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Building a Niven Ring (aka. Ringworld), PopMech goes around...

Popular Mechanics - Could We Build a Ringworld?

In our cosmic megastructures series, PopMech explores some of the key engineering and design challenges in constructing gigantic structures for use by humankind in space. Today: a Niven Ring or Ringworld, an enormous slice of real estate encircling a star.

Name: Niven Ring, or Ringworld
Named for: Larry Niven's 1970 novel Ringworld and its sequels.
Selected Science Fiction Portrayals: Besides those featured in Niven's novels, similar but smaller structures, called Halos, appear in the Halo video game and media franchise. Also, the Orbitals of Iain M. Banks' Culture novels and short stories.

Someday, when humankind outgrows planet Earth, we might aim to build a habitat so vast we could never overpopulate it.

Sci-fi author Larry Niven conjured up...


Being a Science Fiction nut (You've seen my Good Reads widget on my site, so this isn't news to you... ) I love the Ringworld series. It's also interesting seeing the impact it' had on later works. I love seeing continued references to like structures (Rings, Dyson Sphere, Dyson Swarms, etc) in later works (Halo anyone?). Oh sure, we're not going to be building these anytime in the near future (heck we can barely got off this rock, let alone...) but a boy can wonder and dream.

This PopMech article is great and also reminds me of the many days I used to spend reading the mag every time the mailman dropped off the latest edition. Remember when we used to get magazines in actual paper and print? :P


If you're a science fiction reader, Niven fan, space nut or science geek, this is an interesting read.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Is the Eaton Collection, the largest science-fiction public collection in the world, in danger?

blastr - The largest public sci-fi library in the world is under threat from new management

If you’re a sci-fi or fantasy fan who loves to read, there’s no cooler place than the massive Eaton Collection library at UC Riverside — but all that could change soon.

Housed in the UC Riverside Libraries' Special Collections and Archives in the Tomás Rivera Library, the Eaton Collection is touted as the largest publicly accessible collection of science fiction, fantasy, horror and utopian literature in the world. But a professor who works with the collection claims new management might tear it all apart.

Science fiction author Nalo Hopkinson, a professor at UC Riverside, has posted a public plea claiming that new library management plans to drastically slash the size of the collection, and those decisions have already led to several resignations and problems among the staff.

If this comes to pass, it’ll be a heartbreaking loss for one of the genre’s greatest assets. Check out an excerpt from Hopkinson’s letter below for the firsthand account:


Nalo Hopkinson - Concerned about the Eaton SF/F archive at UCR


Up until recently, the collection was being developed and managed by an extraordinarily capable and visionary staff who made the collection the wonderful resource it is. They are known and trusted in the greater SF/F community, which is a large part of the reason the Eaton has been able to attract such priceless donations of materials. It's been nothing short of a pleasure to work with the staff, and to be at an academic institution which values science fiction and fantasy and the invaluable contributions made to the genre by writers, artists, researchers, and devoted fans. In 2013, UCR approved a cross-disciplinary programme in Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies, supported by the Eaton Collection. The graduate and undergraduate courses I teach in writing science fiction and fantasy are part of the SFTS programme. We in the community know how precious and rare such institutional support is.

So I'm sad to have to report that new library administration doesn't seem to appreciate the value of the Eaton Collection or the expertise that goes into it. Since spring of this year, their accomplishments have included driving out staff members and pushing changes to collection policies that would reduce the Eaton's holdings, its value to researchers and as a repository of our community's history, and its standing as a world-class archive. Meetings with the staff of the Eaton have been productive, collegial gatherings. Meetings to negotiate with the new library administration, not so much. It's putting the faculty of the research cluster in the alarming position of having to protect the very collection we're charged with fostering. We're dealing with the new library admins' efforts to split up the collection and change priorities for what to collect (eg, e-text over print) without consulting scholars in the field, and with what we'd characterize as harassment of staff, who've demonstrated extreme competence over the years. My research cluster colleague Rob Latham has also posted about this on Facebook. (If you're on FB, you should be able to find it here.) It's time to alert the community to what's been going on, because we may need your help very soon. We're not recommending any action on your part at this point, other than spreading the word. For those who aren't on Facebook, I've replicated Rob's post below:


Why is it you never to places that are close to home? I've known about this collection for a bit now, but have yet to make my way there. By the time I build up the "want-to" I hope it's still there and available... :(


Related Past Post XRef:
Want the world's best Science Fiction And Fantasy Library? Come to LA... The Eaton Collection @ UC Riverside

Monday, February 03, 2014

$3.99 or less for 330 330 Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Kindle eBooks

SF Signal - 330 Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Kindle eBook Deals $3.99 or Less

Here’s our monthly roundup of some inexpensive science fiction, fantasy and horror Kindle eBooks for you to check out on your favorite reading device. All of these titles are priced under $4 at the time of writing this post. But prices are subject to change, so check the price before clicking “buy”. If Amazon is not your eBook ecosystem, please do look up the titles wherever you buy your eBooks; discounts are often applied at other outlets



This collection of Kinect eBooks is enough to keep even a guy with a reading addiction like me busy (for a few days anyway... ;)

New, classic, short, long, series and more, it's all here. Get them while you can at these prices (remember the prices are very subject to change...)

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Cool Infographic of the Day: "How to make your own Lightsaber"

technabob - This Infographic Teaches You to Build a Lightsaber

Silly me. I’ve been waiting all my life for a Jedi Master to show up and teach me how to build a lightsaber. Turns out all I needed was this infographic from electronics supplier Newark. Well, it will build you a lightsaber replica, not an actual lightsaber, but it is still awesome.




So maybe it's not a real real lightsaber, but close enough for me...

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Want the world's best Science Fiction And Fantasy Library? Come to LA... The Eaton Collection @ UC Riverside

CBS Los Angeles - The Eaton Collection: The Best Science Fiction And Fantasy Library

Science fiction and fantasy fans rejoice and take some time to visit the Eaton Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Yes, this impressive collection is the world’s largest collection of science fiction, fantasy, horror and utopian literature. Housed in the UC Riverside Library’s Special Collection and Archives, it is publicly accessible and a wonderful destination for any literature fan.

Just what will you find here? More than 100,000 hardcover and paperback books as well as almost 100,000 fanzines. You’ll find full runs of a lot of pulp magazines and more than 500 shoot scripts from many science fiction films. Add to all of that a huge collection of comic books, manga and anime as well as trading cards, posters, action figures and pins – and you’ve got one of the most exciting collections for any fan of pop culture and science fiction.


The Eaton Collection of Science Fiction & Fantasy

The Eaton Collection of Science Fiction & Fantasy is the largest publicly-accessible collection of science fiction, fantasy, horror and utopian literature in the world. It is housed in the UC Riverside Libraries' Special Collections & Archives in the Tomás Rivera Library.

The collection is a major resource for research and is visited by scholars from around the world for both its American and international holdings. It features over 300,000 holdings including:

  • Over 100,000 hardback and paperback books.
  • Full runs of many pulp magazines.
  • Nearly 100,000 fanzines.
  • Film and visual material, including 500 shooting scripts from science fiction films.
  • Comic books, anime and manga.
  • Collectible ephemera and realia, including cards, posters, pins and action figures.


COLLECTIONS OF Authors' archives

The Eaton Collection is made up of a variety of smaller collections, including the archives (manuscripts and papers) of a variety of SF writers.

The collection is constantly growing with new items donated regularly. Here is a list of selected collections. Clicking on the link will take you to the main library website which features specific details on the collection.

To see the complete collection of all Special Collections holdings, please visit our Special Collections Archive Index page.


Lived in the greater Los Angeles area all my life and reading Science Fiction most of it too and never heard about this. Must plan a trip to see this...

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Goodreads Amazon ... Amazon has bought Goodreads

socaltech - Goodreads Acquired By

Book review and community Goodreads, which was founded in Santa Monica by Otis Chander, has been acquired by, Amazon said Thursday afternoon. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Goodreads' site revolves around sharing book recommendations and networking between book readers ..."

Exciting News About Goodreads: We're Joining the Amazon Family!

When Elizabeth and I started Goodreads from my living room seven years ago, we set out to create a better way for people to find and share books they love. It's been a wild ride seeing how the company has grown and watching as more than 16 million readers from across the globe have joined Goodreads and connected over a passion for books.

Today I'm really happy to announce a new milestone for Goodreads: We are joining the Amazon family. We truly could not think of a more perfect partner for Goodreads as we both share a love of books and an appreciation for the authors who write them. We also both love to invent products and services that touch millions of people.

I'm excited about this for three reasons:
1. With the reach and resources of Amazon, Goodreads can introduce more readers to our vibrant community of book lovers and create an even better experience for our members.
2. Our members have been asking us to bring the Goodreads experience to an e-reader for a long time. Now we're looking forward to bringing Goodreads to the most popular e-reader in the world, Kindle, and further reinventing what reading can be.
3. Amazon supports us continuing to grow our vision as an independent entity, under the Goodreads brand and with our unique culture.

It's important to be clear that Goodreads and the awesome team behind it are not going away. Goodreads will continue to be the wonderful community that we all cherish. We plan to continue offering you everything that you love about the site—the ability to track what you read, discover great books, discuss and share them with fellow book lovers, and connect directly with your favorite authors—and your reviews and ratings will remain here on Goodreads. And it's incredibly important to us that we remain a home for all types of readers, no matter if you read on paper, audio, digitally, from scrolls, or even stone tablets.

For all of you Kindle readers, there's obviously an extra bonus in this announcement. You've asked us for a long time to be able to integrate your Kindle and Goodreads experiences. Making that option a reality is one of our top priorities. ...

This could be a marriage made in heaven. Though I do find it a little funny, in that Goodreads recently had a little tiff with Amazon. But still, as a user of both, this could be awesome and I'm happy for the Goodreads team. It's cool seeing a local company do good... :)

Plus I'd love to see the Kindle get some Goodreads love.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Can't get enough for Tron? "Tron: Uprising" - Episode #1 now available...

SF Signal - Watch Episode #1 of “Tron: Uprising” Right Here

"Disney is previewing the first episode (“Beck’s Beginning”) of their new animated series, Tron: Uprising, which features the voice talents of Elisjah Wood, Bruce Boxleitner, Mandy Moore, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Nate Corddry, Lance Henriksen, Reginald Veljohnson and…Paul Reubens(!).



Thursday, April 26, 2012

Richest Science Fiction/Fantasy/Fictional character? Might not be who you think...

Forbes - The 2012 Forbes Fictional 15

"It’s a great time to be imaginary. The characters that make up this year’s edition of the Forbes Fictional 15, our annual listing of fiction’s richest, boast an aggregate net worth of $209.5 billion. That’s up a stunning 59% from last year — and it’s enough cash to give $30 to every (real) person on the planet.

On top of the list is the ancient red-golden dragon Smaug, known by hobbits and dwarves across Middle Earth as “Smaug the Tremendous” and “Smaug the Unassessably Wealthy.” Smaug’s personal fortune jumped 16% from last year to $62 billion after wyrm watchers crafted a more detailed analysis of his massive hoard of coins, jewels and antiques.


WinExtra - So, Who Is The Richest Sci-Fi Character?


That's before the Hobbit movies come out. I wonder if Smaug gets a cut?  :P

I still have to wonder at the fact someone gets paid to do this analysis. Up there with the 12 Days of Christmas cost thing they do every year... :/ Still this so much better, I mean, come on, dragon!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Fahrenheit 451, the eBook

LA Observed - 'Fahrenheit 451' now out as an e-book *

Yes, Ray Bradbury used to say that he would never embrace e-books or the Internet. And yes, the book is about a ban on reading and the burning of printed books. But that was then and this is now, and e-books are all about reading. Simon & Schuster released the electronic edition today, list price $9.99. From AP:


There's some weird irony in this...

BTW I have some really bad pictures and video of Ray Bradbury when he did a talk, and signing of this book, at our local library a couple years ago. I should post them one of these days.

Monday, October 24, 2011

BestSFBooks - Your Science Fiction Book Award Aggregator (Browse books/authors with the most awards in a given period)


The Best SF and Fantasy books, instantly. We have 702 authors, 310 series, and 3250 books ranked according to 12 awards.




Just saw this today and I've now named it one of my favorite book browsing sites... What I like is it's simplicity, it's just so darn simple, clean and useful (... must...control self... must... not buy more books now... must... control...)

(Via HowToGeek - BestSFBooks Catalogs Award Winning Science-Fiction Books)

Monday, October 10, 2011

The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (SFE) v3 beta launches (aka "Your one stop online SF geek info shop" ;)

LOCUS online - Encyclopedia of Science Fiction Beta Launched

"The beta version of the new online incarnation of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction has launched. The editors say, “We think we’re about 3/4 of the way through compiling the Encyclopedia. Our current 3.2m wordcount will probably expand to 4.2m by the time we’re done at the end of 2012. So there will be some entries missing in the beta text, and some cross-reference links that aren’t yet working. Of course, we hope that 3.2m words will be enough to occupy everyone for a while…” They expect to make updates monthly.


The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (SFE) - SFE Beta Text launches

"On October 3rd, the beta text of the third edition of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction went live. To answer some Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: What exactly is a beta text?

In this context, it means a text of the SFE that isn't yet complete. We think we're about 3/4 of the way through compiling the Encyclopedia. Our current 3.2m wordcount will probably expand to 4.2m by the time we're done at the end of 2012. So there will be some entries missing in the beta text, and some cross-reference links that aren't yet working. Of course, we hope that 3.2m words will be enough to occupy everyone for a while…

Q: How are you going to update the text?

Updates will probably happen monthly, and be flagged through our blog , our Twitter feed , and Facebook page .

Q: My favorite author/film/TV programme doesn't have an entry. Is this because the SFE is still a beta text?

In all probability, yes. We know there are a lot of missing entries at the moment. These gaps will be filled over the course of the next year or so.

Q: You say you're going to "be done" with the SFE at the end of 2012. Does that mean you'll stop updating it?

No. We intend to continue updating the SFE for as long as we're partnered with our friends at Gollancz. End-2012 simply marks the point at which we'll be able to claim the Encyclopedia is as comprehensive as we want it to be." [GD: Page Leached in Full]

The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (SFE)


So let's see if the science fiction show of the decade (IMHO) is there...


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Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, Third Edition will be released online later this year... and the text will be free...

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, Third Edition will be released online later this year... and the text will be free...

Encyclopedia of Science Fiction to be published online, with text available free (Press Release) 

"The third edition of the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, the definitive reference work in the field, will be released online later this year by the newly-formed ESF, Ltd, in association with Victor Gollancz, the SF & Fantasy imprint of the Orion Publishing Group, whose support will enable the text to be available free to all users. This initial “beta” version, containing about three-quarters of the total projected content, will be unveiled in conjunction with Gollancz’s celebrations of its 50th anniversary as a science fiction publisher.

The first edition of the Encyclopedia, whose founder and general editor was Peter Nicholls, appeared in 1979, and contained over 700,000 words. A second edition, edited by John Clute and Peter Nicholls, appeared in 1993 and contained over 1.3 million words. Both editions won the Hugo Award from the World Science Fiction Convention, in addition to numerous other honours. The beta version of the third edition will contain some 3 million words, including about 12,000 entries and well over 100,000 internal links. The entries cover every area of science fiction, including authors, illustrators, movies, music, games, and fanzines. The text will be completed, through monthly updates, by the end of 2012.


The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction

"The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction is an unparalleled reference work of unrivalled authority. First published in 1979, and revised in 1993, the forthcoming online third edition will provide coverage of:

  • Authors
  • Films
  • TV series
  • Themes in sf
  • Magazines
  • Manga and anime

...and much more.

Press release, July 5th (PDF 91KB)



(via - Encyclopedia of Science Fiction to be Available Online—for Free)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

What if IKEA made a manual for…

How-To Geek - IKEA Manuals for Famous Sci-Fi Devices

“What happens when you combine Sci-Fi lore and IKEA-style manual design? You learn how to build a light saber with some widgets, wooden pegs, and a noted lack of Jar-Jar Binks.

CollegeHumor shares a collection of IKEA-style manuals with a Sci-Fi bent. Check out the “Litsabbur” here and then hit up the link below to see the Djiloriann, Dindasur, and Tjardiis.


College Humor - Sci-Fi Ikea Manuals




I think that one is my favorite… But the “Litsabbur” (Light Saber) is pretty close.  :P

Monday, January 11, 2010

Free eBooks of the Day – Science Fiction novels by Jeffery A. Carver

WiredPrairie - Free Jeffrey A Carver Science Fiction E-books

“Jeffrey Carver has provided a number of his science fiction books for free on his web site here. I’ve just completed reading the free Chaos Chronicles series (books 1-4) and enjoyed them quite a lot. Each book isn’t very long, so it’s easy enough to get through the series without drowning in sci-fi tech details.


Science Fiction Worlds of Jeffrey A. Carver - Ebooks!


Science Fiction Worlds of Jeffrey A. Carver - Downloads!


I’ve enjoyed a number (many… most?) of Jeffery A Carver’s novels over the years so when I saw I could some of them free, well that’s just to hard to pass up.

But remember, free is rarely free, so if you do grab a free book and enjoy it, please support him by buying a book or more directly via the PayPal tip jar on his site.