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March 2012
I've finally gotten around to reading the Hunger Games series which is all hyped-up at the moment due to the upcoming movie release. The books lived up to the hype, and I struggled to put them down. I've posted reviews of the first (Hunger Games) and second (Catching Fire) books in the trilogy. Feel free to post comments if you agree or disagree or are just as nuts about this series as I am.

SciFiDorks' Vault is also continuing on its Greg Egan love-in thanks to another insightful review by Theworldslaziestbusker. This time Distress is in the spotlight and seemed to have made quite the impact on the reviewer!


July 2011
Considering the large chunk of time since the last updates, there's a remarkably few number of new reviews. Thanks to Worldslaziestbusker for providing another quality review on a Greg Egan novel, Permutation City.

I've also included a review of the new Matt Damon movie The Bourne Identity 4, sorry, I mean The Adjustment Bureau. For those of you into that micro-niche market of romantic sci-fi films, this one should be right up your alley.

And finally, there's a review of Michaelbrent Collings action thriller Run which finally proves that not all 99-cent e-books are crap. I was pleasantly surprised with this book, and both my mom and I had a great time racing to the end of it and trying to figure out the twists and turns.

I'm currently working my way through The Hunger Games trilogy so stay tuned!


October 2010

Four new reviews this time around, including a scathing one of Michael Chriton's controversial novel State of Fear by Worldslaziestbusker. We've also got a review for Teranesia by Greg Egan, an evolutionary hard sci-fi book (just when you thought there couldn't be any more sub-sub genres out there!). To round out the book reviews this month, check out the last novel in the Crystal Singer series Crystal Line. Although this was an entertaining read, in a few years time I'll just remember this book because it took me until the end to figure out the title was actually a pun.

I've uploaded a review of the cult space comedy Red Dwarf. The series hasn't aged well, but the humour is still the same which is either a blessing or a curse depending on if you like retro British comedy.


July 2010
There's been a lot of hype recently about the new mind-bending thriller Inception, and it's all well-deserved. Filled with clever writing, brilliant special effects, and strong acting, this movie will entertain and make you think about reality, cognition, and human dreams. Surrogates is undoubtedly not as smart of a film, but it's entertaining and examines how the search for physical perfection may isolate us all (and it's got Bruce Willis).

There's reviews for two new books this time around. Killashandra is a sci-fi/fantasy tale that has the distinction of being a better sequel than its predecessor. And finally, Worldslaziestbusker has written a review for Greg Egan's eon-spanning hard sci-fi epic Diaspora.


April 2010

Avatar recently made film-making history as the highest grossing movie of all time. Unsurprisingly, it is one entertaining flick although it does blatantly borrow from other science fiction and fantasy stories. It's the visual effects that make Avatar such a treat and an absolute feast for the eyeballs.

I rediscovered 80s sci-fi a few months ago with Anne McCaffrey's The Crystal Singer. The story involves an arrogant heroine and her involvement with alien symbionts, a mysterious guild, and some vague materials engineering concepts. It's not the best story around, but I found it comfortably nostalgic nonetheless.

And finally, I've written a review of David Brin's modern classic Startide Rising. The thought of a space epic with dolphins as the main characters may make you cringe, but Brin has created a fast-paced and entertaining story that's balanced by clever writing and unique ideas - one of the best books I've read in awhile.


December 2009

Ever wondered what the Star Wars characters would get up to if they were on Facebook? I'm tackling big questions like this in the new Humour secion of the website where you'll find sci-fi that is supposed to be funny (as opposed to, say, Battlefield Earth which is unfortunately not supposed to be).

There's two new reviews on the site, both for fabulous television shows. For those with a penchant for puppets and rockets, Worldslaziestbusker reviews the 1960s classic series Thunderbirds.

For those who prefer their rockets laced with more apocalyptic action than puppets can provide, there's a review for the acclaimed new version of Battlestar Galactica.

Happy holidays and hope you're all getting whatever dorky little presents you asked for this year!


October 2009

I've finally ticked Red Mars off my list of must-reads; it's only been on there for about 10 years. This novel explores the social, economic and personal costs of colonising Mars and is highly recommended for fans of epic or hard sci-fi. And, no, thankfully there is not a Martian in sight.

Salmon of Doubt, reviewed by Worldslaziest busker, is a much different book. Published after Douglas Adams' death, the book contains a bunch of essays and notes from Adams as well as his unfinished finale to the Hitchiker's series.

One of my favourite sf films to come out in awhile, District 9 is a documentary-style movie that explores what would happen if aliens came to Earth as refugees. Suffice it to say, we probably wouldn't have welcome mats and casseroles for the guests....


August 2009
Happy 1st birthday to the relaunched version of SciFiDorks' Vault! In June last year, the most recent incarnation of this website went live and hasn't miserably failed yet.

This month, there's a review for the newest installment in everyone's favourite robot-apocalypse franchise. Despite popular opinion, I actually quite enjoyed Terminator: Salvation and think the critics need to readjust their expectations of what to expect from a time travel-action flick about robots taking over the world.

There's also a new review for Stargate: Children of the Gods, the pilot episode of the hugely successful Stargate television series that was recently remastered and released as a movie. Don't worry, it wasn't remastered like Star Wars....

And finally, I read Tanith Lee's The Silver Metal Lover, a sci-fi novel with the distinction of having the worst title and cover art I've encountered. If you've seen worse, please send an email to info [at] scifidorks [dot] com- I may start a gallery of cringe-inducing sci-fi cover art.

Please note that I'll be away until late September so any submitted reviews or anonymous comments will not be uploaded until after this time.


May 2009
Star Trek has been one of the biggest budget sci-fi films to come out in recent times, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that it lived up to all the hype... read the lengthy praise here.

I've also reviewed my first family sci-fi film, City of Embers. All in all, a visual treat that should be fun for both adults and older children.

I recently re-read Fahrenheit 451 and was yet again taken with the story. Rather than update my review, I've added some comments to it with my more recent thoughts about this classic dystopian novel.

And finally, there's a new review from Worldslaziestbusker on one of Douglas Adams' 'other' books, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency.


April 2009
Well, I've unintentionally done my first themed reviews! After writing reviews for a book, movie, and television show, I realised all three had the similar theme of immortality, all tackled in extremely different ways:

I wrote the review for the short-lived TV show Now and Again back in 2000 (and it shows) and have just now gotten around to re-posting in on the revamped website. This show is about how a dead guy's brain gets transplanted into a superhuman body. It's not as bad as I'm making it sound. The novel Woken Furies uses gritty action and my favourite anti-hero character to explore what happens when humanity stands at the cusp of complete digital consciousness. And finally, the arthouse film The Man From Earth shows us how people may react if they found out their good mate was immortal.

So yay for themes this month! I guess on that note, live long and prosper (c'mon, you knew that was coming - look at the title of the site).


February 2009
The Australian popular science magazine Cosmos has just put out a poll asking their readers to name their favourite sci-fi television show of all time. First place went to Doctor Who, second to Star Trek, third to the new version of Battlestar Galactica, and fourth to Stargate. I don't think it's coincidence that most of these shows also happen to be the longest running sci-fi shows ever. Anyway, this little tangent had a purpose. I am now committed to fleshing out the comparatively tiny 'Television' section of this site. Stay tuned....

Due to the holidays and various trips I went on over the past few months, there's only one review this time around. J.G. Ballard's dire look at extreme climate change in Drought was a good story but unfortunately one I just couldn't seem to care about.


December 2008:
After a Stanley Kubrick lovefest on TV last month, I finally watched all of 2001: A Space Odyssey for the first time. The film was like nothing I'd expected, and I had to write a review of this trippy little space flick to help me figure out what deep and meaningful insight into life was meant by a baby floating in space.

Worldslaziestbusker has also submitted another great book review, this time of Greg Egan's new novel Incandescence. If you've ever wanted orbital theory and relativity explained to you using experiments performed by crustacean-like aliens living on an artificial asteroid near a neutron star, then you'll want to have a look at this little hard sci-fi gem.


November 2008:
Check out the new book review of Richard Morgan's Broken Angels, one of the first military sf novels I've enjoyed... almost.

There's also a new review of the film Equilibrium by guest reviewer Mary Bissonnette. If you ever wondered what it would be like for The Matrix and some classic sci-fi dystopian novels to get together and party with Christian Bale, then you'll want to have a look.


September 2008:
Someone has finally cared enough to submit their own review! Please check out Worldslaziestbusker's short-but-sweet review of Ben Elton's newest novel Blind Faith.

I was also tipped off to Richard Morgan's sci-fi books by a worm expert and have now been working my way through those books. Check out the new review for Morgan's acclaimed cyberpunk crime novel Altered Carbon.


July 2008:
I've posted a new review of Isaac Asimov's Foundation after I recently reread this classic.

A few glitches with the comments function have been fixed. Everyone can now post comments to every page (except the home page). If you post a comment anonymously, you'll have to wait for approval before it gets published. If you post a comment after logging in, you'll get instant satisfaction from seeing your witty prose online.

Because there's so many pages in this site, I'll also list the recent comments here in the News section.

This month's deep and meaningful thread tackles the important issue of whether some sci-fi shows are only popular due to good boob.


June 2008:
SciFiDorks' Vault has been relaunched and is finally ready to make its debut into polite society. The new site has improved interactivity, organisation, and- most importantly- doesn't look like it was designed by a 12-year old. I've uploaded all the old reviews, and I've posted some new ones (I, Robot; I Am Legend; and Children of Men).

There will undoubtedly be a few teething problems, errors, and various glitches that are not my fault. Please email info [at] scifidorks [dot] com and let me know about them.