This is pretty much the same as my summer hitlist, although I'm slotting X-Men as a "maybe" and Jupiter as a "more than likely"—the Wachowskis don't always hit the target, but at least they're usually trying to do something different or ambitious, instead of the usual paint-by-numbers blockbuster. I should also probably… » 4/23/14 12:32pm Wednesday 12:32pm

To me, he said, "I don't actually have any control over what they do on this TV series, because that's not how things work on multi-million dollar productions, but they've been really nice to me so far, being more faithful to my books than most authors could ever dream of, letting me advise and be in the featurettes,… » 4/23/14 9:05am Wednesday 9:05am

Well, but there might be an argument to be made for fixing our own mistakes. Also, if there are going to be attempts to do this (and there probably will be, eventually), maybe we should start with something that's gone extinct within the last few hundred years, instead of jumping right to something that hasn't been… » 4/23/14 8:21am Wednesday 8:21am

The "sex scene" is really just a terse reference, but it was more the shock that this book was assigned reading in Grade 9 English. And it mentioned sex between teenagers. Who were unmarried and doing it in secret. And they were cousins. And we read this in a Catholic school. » 4/22/14 5:30pm Tuesday 5:30pm

Not really shocking, though. The USA hasn't really relied on Gulf oil since at least the 1970s; it makes up less than 25% of their oil imports. The US gets about 50% more oil from Canada than all Persian Gulf states combined. I read years ago that the US actually spends more money maintaining a military presence in the … » 4/22/14 7:19am Tuesday 7:19am

In many ways, GMOs are an accelerated version on steroids of the selective breeding of crops all human societies have done since the Agricultural Revolution. Look at this list of cruciferous vegetables. Almost all of them were selectively bred over time into the forms we known them today, most from the Brassica genus,… » 4/21/14 12:40pm Monday 12:40pm