Thursday, November 23, 2017

(Re-)Gendering Utopia: Seven Surrenders by Ada Palmer

Ada Palmer's Seven Surrenders is the sequel to her first book, Too Like the Lightning, which was my favorite novel of 2016.

The "new world smell" has worn off by the second volume and I could never really follow all the levels of intrigue, but there are still plenty of ideas about utopia, gender, sex, politics, philosophy, history, religion, etc. to keep you thinking in this second book.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Conference on Buddhism and Skepticism

I am excited to be taking part in the following workshop next week in Hamburg, Germany.  If I have time, maybe I'll write a blog post about how it goes, so stay tuned for that.  In the meantime, here is the information, which I have also cross-posted at the Indian Philosophy Blog.

Buddhism and Scepticism: Historical, Philosophical, and Comparative Approaches
November 14-16, 2017

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Fall TV Round Up, Part One: The Orville and Star Trek: Discovery

There has been a lot of new science fiction/fantasy TV this fall.  Some of my favorites from last year, like The Good Place and Stranger Things, are back, and I'll get to those in Part Two.  One unique thing about fall 2017 is that we've been graced with not one, but two new space opera shows.  It's a good year for space ships on TV, I guess.  So without further ado, here are some thoughts on The Orville and Star Trek: Discovery!