The Wonders of “Avatar”

I saw Avatar a few weeks ago and left the theater feeling something I hadn’t felt at the movies in a while: Awe. The immersive quality of the experience made me feel like a boy again (and that  in itself was worth the price of admission). The NY Times nailed it in their review of the movie: Few films return us to the lost world of our first cinematic experiences, to that magical moment when …

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Cory Doctorow’s “Little Brother”

I read Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother a few weekends ago, and I loved it. I think it’s a good book, let me explain why. Doctorow recently wrote about how sci-fi is really about the present and not about the future on his blog (http://craphound.com/?p=2391 ) Mary Shelley wasn’t worried about reanimated corpses stalking Europe, but by casting a technological innovation in the starring role of Frankenstein, she was able to tap into present-day fears about …

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