You like the scope of G.R.R. Martin? Dilletante. Or William T. Vollmann? Pshaw. Mark Z. Danielewski throws down a gauntlet (well, 27 of them).

So, I managed to finish Mark Z. Danielewski’s The Familiar: One Rainy Day in May - Vol. 1 (TF:V1) during an intensely busy couple months of work. MZD is most famous for House of Leaves º. Since then, he has written Only Revolutions and The Fifty Year Sword (of which I’ve only read the latter; it’s deceptively simple… »Today 3:36pm11/30/15 3:36pm

Space: The Jellyfish/Bubble/Roundworm Frontier

While neural networks are usually pretty good at identifying objects already in their data set, they can be hilariously bad when exposed to unfamiliar stimuli... say the opening credits of Star Trek: The Next Generation. I’m guessing this particular neural network was initially trained to identify common household… »Yesterday 4:46pm11/29/15 4:46pm

LitSnawb #1: Thoughts on The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan

In retrospect, it’s fitting that I sat down to read Ian McEwan’s first novel, The Cement Garden, right around the holidays. This slim book from 1978 is all about family, a disturbing account of four young siblings left in a house by themselves during one hot summer. It’s almost in poor taste to watch these children… »Yesterday 9:20am11/29/15 9:20am

The Expanse Is Kind of Great [Few Spoilers]

As you guys may know, SyFy has released the first episode of The Expanse today. Following the varying mileage of Dark Matter and Killjoys, as well as the terrible weirdness that was Ascension last year, I was pretty apprehensive here. And even during the first 10 minutes of The Expanse, I wasn’t sure I liked it. But… »Saturday 11:10pm11/28/15 11:10pm