I Remember Black Skies…

Lots of stuff to talk about, but only so much room and time.  I’ve read a lot of books, seen a lot of movies, and haven’t talked about any of them.

Isaac Asimov’s Nightfall:

Its about a planet named Kalgan (Aeon in the movie, guh) that has six stars in its system.  Onos is the primary, a large yellow one like the Sun, there are two blue ones, two white ones, and one red one.  The pairs of blue and white move together while Onos and the red one move seperately.  They consider it to be day time when Onos is in the sky, because the other are fairly dull.  The story follows some academics as they discover that Kalgan has suffered a horrible disaster many times in the past, and – like clock-work – it is about to happen again.  That disaster is Nightfall.  The idea is to concieve something totally foreign to terrans, perpetual light, then to present the society that knows nothing else what we take for granted, darkness.  I was able to suspend my disbelief about the astronomical situation, mainly because I believe that due to the size of the universe that anything that is possible, no matter how unlikely, MUST exist somewhere in the universe.  However, the madness that overcomes these people is a tougher pill to swallow, even though it gets easier as the story goes along.  What I simply could not take was the presence of a laser gun in that society.  They haven’t even left their own planet, but can make laser guns?  I can’t follow that.

Overall I liked the book, despite some of its flaws.  The movie adaptation, however, was un-watchable.  It merely takes the name and basic concept of the book and throws out the rest.  Not even the presence of an acting great like David Carradine could redeem it.  They had some kind of super psychic in the movie, which was NOT in the book.  When they revealed that character I saw red.  Anyhow, if you like Asimov, read the book.  But stear clear of the movie.

Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen:

Fans of the old cartoons probably won’t like it, but the only Transformer cartoons I watched were Beast Wars (awesome) and Beast Machines (not awesome).  I thought it was great.  Kind of a shallow action movie, with some romance and worship of self-sacrificing heroes thrown in.  Fans of the old show also seemed to be upset when a Linkin Park song was chosen for the main theme, which I didn’t understand.  They argued that the original theme (from the cartoon) should have been used.  I think they are being bitten by the nostalgia bug because that song sucked ass.  The Linkin Park song isn’t great, but its good.  This coming from a guy who hasn’t liked Linkin Park since he was 13.

Black Sky:

Black Sky is a video game project about having your own space ship and roaming about the galaxy doing missions, improving your ship, getting new ships, etc.  It is still in alpha, and from the stuff being posted on the official forums it may never be finished, but those of you who like that kind of thing (like myself) may want to check it out.  Linky.

Remember when I promised to do posts on the Maxim issues?  Remember how I posted only one of them then didn’t do it again?  Well, that is coming back and I promise to try to do it.  Also, I have more book and movie reviews coming in the next week or two.

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