“Enemy Mine”

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Enemy Mine had the potential to be a science fiction classic, but gets bogged down by Hollywood clichés. The script is based on a short story of the same name by Barry B. Longyear. Indeed, the first two-thirds of the film feel like classic science fiction. The last third doesn’t.

The concept is quite simple. In the future, humans are at war with an alien race called the Drac. A human pilot, Willis E. Davidge (Dennis Quaid), crashes on a planet with a Drac pilot, Jeriba Shigan (Louis Gossett, Jr.). The two have to learn to overcome their differences for the sake of survival in a hostile environment.

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Star Wars on Legendarium Media

300px-Star_Wars_Logo.svgIt’s no secret that I love Star Wars. With Episode VII coming out on December 18, I decided to join Legendarium Media as a Contributing Writer for Star Wars, where every week or so I’ll share my thoughts on a different aspect of the franchise. My first article is about diversity in Star Wars. In the future, I’ll explore other political and social themes, such as political parties and warfare.

“Beyond Words” by Carl Safina

51zurwqtBNL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_In the 1980s, astrophysicist and science-fiction author David Brin wrote the Uplift series, in which humans elevate chimpanzees and dolphins to near-human intelligence. The idea of chimps conducting scientific research or dolphins piloting starships is somewhat ridiculous, but perhaps not as ridiculous as we once thought. As biologist Carl Safina shows in Beyond Words, many animals have complex emotional and intellectual lives. Safina invites readers to view animals as individuals who have their own “personalities” (“who, not what”). The chimps and dolphins in Beyond Words are even more interesting than anything in the Uplift novels – and they happen to be real! Continue reading ““Beyond Words” by Carl Safina”

Daredevil was right…

Daniel Kish, a.k.a. Daredevil
Daniel Kish, a.k.a. Daredevil

A few weeks ago, I reviewed Netflix’s Daredevil TV show. I noted that Matt Murdock does not possess any notable superpowers. A few people (correctly) noted that Murdock uses a form of echolocation to view the world around him. This certainly seems to be beyond normal human ability.

I thought I was wrong in my review, but it turns out I was mistaken. I’ve since read about Daniel Kish, a (real) blind person who has learned to “see” using a form of echolocation. Mr. Kish clicks his tongue to send sound waves that bounce off hard surfaces. He claims to be able to detect houses, cars, and even other people. He even demonstrates his ability in a recent TED talk. It’s fascinating to think that real humans are developing the same superpowers as a Marvel superhero!