NASA’s media archive is now open to the public

NASA has opened its entire media library to the public, for free. This includes photos, audio recordings and videos, with subjects ranging from earthbound crew, gear and launch operations, to concept designs, scientific observations and cosmic spectacle at the interplanetary and interstellar scale.

Godzilla: The monster is the metaphor (no rly)

With “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” now stomping across big screens everywhere, The Atlantic has stepped up with a fine cinematic history of the magnificent kaiju that also includes a thoroughgoing look at the magnificent monster’s massive metaphorical muscle.

Gelflings, Skeksis and muppet exotica return in ‘Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’ (trailer)

Ambitiously gorgeous, unprecedented in its sophisticated use live-action puppetry, the original Dark Crystal was pure science-fiction exotica. The forthcoming Netflix prequel is a return to form

It’s a wonderful Apocalypse (review)

Comedy is hard, especially the written variety, and by that measure alone one would be tempted to wonder how “Good Omens,” a 1990 novel of apocalyptic satire that provides much of the source material for the present-day Amazon TV serial, has any right to be so consistently funny, insightful, and even, by the end of it all, surprisingly poignant.

When history goes ‘wonderfully wrong’ (review)

Review: “The Lucky Strike,” by Kim Stanley RobinsonPM PressISBN: 978-1-60486-085-6128 pages Support independent booksellers buy purchasing this book via IndieBound • Amazon users can get it in paperback and Kindle ebook editions. It takes no small degree of… Read More

Magical escapes in a city of sunlight and shadows (review)

What a sparkling jewel-box of a book is Ellen Klages’ World Fantasy Award-winning “Passing Strange” — full of intricate workings, hidden chambers, privileged glimpses into private and magical lives … and packing a wicked, winking Jack (or is it Jill?)-in-the-box ending.