Showing posts from January, 2016

Key goes here — Murphy's Law in practice

I found this on a temporary building on a construction site in Canberra. Included not as a commentary on vocational education in Australia, but as a tribute to practical problem solving. Just imagine the degree of irritation bordering on homicidal rage that this must have caused! Everyone knows that if there is a way of getting something wrong, that's the way that things will inevitably happen. There's even a name for it — Murphy's Law. I can almost hear the swearing and cursing as someone got it wrong for the hundredth time and decided that something HAD to be done. Perhaps after ruling out replacing the lock, or glueing up the dud lock, or welding a plate over it, or replacing the entire door, or blowing up the whole building (something we authors quite enjoy doing), this practical person decided instead to rely on a novel technology to assist himself and others — the written word. And for those challenged by the written word, an arrow is included. Why are there

Book review: Warriors by Graham Storrs

Warriors is Book 3 of the Canta Libre trilogy, a first contact space opera by Australian science fiction author Graham Storrs. Warriors was quite fun. I enjoyed the encounters with assorted aliens, and was depressed by the depictions of the aftermath of a human civil war across the solar system. Perhaps the strongest elements of the book were descriptions of space battles. I thought these were well done although the dependence on the mysterious Akiro to get the Canta Libre crew out of trouble time and time again struck me as risky. I didn't much like or identify with the major characters, which made the book a little more difficult to read, hence the 3 star rating. The exceptions were the prototype robot BS and the ship's artificial intelligence — I liked them very much. To my eternal disappointment the annoying and pestiferous teenage girl, Kitty, does NOT meet a well-deserved sticky end, perhaps incarceration in a purgatory for self-centred whiners. I ha