The Swampflix Podcast: Top Ten Time Travel Movies (With Guest Star Me)

Hello, dear readers. Posting this one off the normal schedule because just last weekend I took part in another episode of the movie review podcast put on by my friends at the Swampflix blog.

This week the three of us got together and ranked our top ten favorite movies featuring time travel then put the lists together and discussed our collective top ten. Skip to about the thirty minute mark for time travel discussion if your not interested in the French-Canadian “extremist” horror movie Martyrs discussed by James and Brandon in the first part of the show.

Here’s the link to the episode, y’all. Enjoy now, you hear.

Episode #10 of The Swampflix Podcast: Top Ten Time Travel Movies & Martyrs (2008)

And here’s a link to the previous episode I was featured in about movies featuring Artificial Intelligences, for the interested.

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The Swampflix Podcast: A.I. Sci-Fi of the 2010s Guest Starring Yours Truly

Hey, y’all. Yesterday I recorded a podcast about AI movies with my friends over at the Swampflix movie review blog and it turned out rather nicely so I thought I’d write a post on the blog here urging you all to go give it a listen.

I apologize in advance for any inappropriate laughter on my part–I laugh when I’m nervous and I don’t often record my own voice so I was pretty nervous the entire time–but definitely give this episode a listen if you’re into science fiction about artificial intelligences then check out the rest of the Swampflix podcast if you enjoy what you hear.

Here’s that link, y’all. Have a good one.

Episode #3 of The Swampflix Podcast: A.I. Sci-Fi of the 2010s & #horror (2015)

New Review of Murder in “Utopia,,

Hey y’all. I know it’s not Saturday, and no this isn’t another chapter in Infinite Limits, but I did get a review of my absurdist novella Murder in “Utopia,, that I’d like to share with you all so here it is:

Rating: Four stars out of five.

Title: I haven’t enjoyed being confused so much since my first time watching The Matrix

Review:

This is a fascinating example of fiction that’s more of an experience than a story. I’m not going to list it among my all-time favorites, but I’m definitely glad I read it. Perkins took some admirable risks with this book and made a concerted effort to cut against the grain, and that kind of thing can often end in utter disaster.

This did not.

Murder in “Utopia,, defies many conventions of storytelling and formatting, but it manages to do so without becoming incomprehensible. It’s confusing, but that confusion is grounded by a conversational tone, a well-drawn setting, and an absurd, morbid splash of humor. I definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to take a bit more of a cerebral adventure than your average piece of genre fiction has to offer.

So if that sounds like something you’d enjoy reading, pick up a copy of the novella for only two dollars through this link today. Thanks for your time, and happy Tuesday.

A Review of “The Asymptote’s Tail” by the Nerds on Earth

The title says it all. I got another review of The Asymptote’s Tail today, and I wanted to share it here for everyone to read.

I’m just going to post one tiny sentence from it here, but that’s because you should read the entire thing on their site then click through and read some of their other reviews/articles and maybe think about subscribing.

Without further ado, here’s the quote and a link to the review. Enjoy:

The Asymptote’s Tail is the beginning of a very promising sci-fi epic that you’ll not want to miss.”

[Read the full review here.]

A Review of the Asymptote’s Tail as Written by Doug Greene

I received a great review of The Asymptote’s Tail today, and I wanted to share it here so everyone was sure to see it. This one comes from Doug Greene who I am friends with on Facebook but have never met in person. A mutual friend introduced me to Doug as a possible writer for the now defunct Occupy Baton Rouge paper, The People’s Advocate, and I’ve been following his posts about the lectures he gives and essays he writes on Marxism ever since. Here’s what he had to say about the novel (and a link to the review on Amazon):

One of my facebook friends, Bryan Perkins, was kind enough to send me a copy of his new science fiction novel “The Asymptote’s Tail” for review recently. I finished late last night and I wanted to share a few thoughts on the book.

“The Asymptote’s Tail” is the first of a planned four books in the Infinite Limits series. The story takes place in the future when humanity seemingly can provide for its needs through 3D printers and is able to bend the very fabric of space itself. In this future, space is bent in such a way that seven worlds exist, most of them ignorant of each other. The perspectives and interactions of those worlds are told through seven characters: a servant, a young girl, an actor, a cat (yes a cat), a police officer, an assembly line worker and a scientist.

The work is successfully able to mix life-like characters, storytelling and radical politics in a manner that is not dogmatic or stale. The fictional world, its politics, and class structure is developed throughout the work. Those of you who love fantasy world building such as found in Game of Thrones will be intrigued.

The themes of the book raise a number of questions that are very contemporary. What happens when humanity’s productive powers have gotten out of control of their makers? What is a “good cop” to do in a system that values property more than human lives? What can those with “privilege” do in the struggle for a better world – are we bought off? And what do we do when we can pierce through the veils that prevent us from seeing how the system operates? What choices then confront us?

I don’t want to give away too much of the plot here, since I would recommend that everyone pick up a copy of “The Asymptote’s Tail.” This is the first novel by Perkins and it shows a great deal of promise for what proves to be not only a really great story thus far, but shot through with radical politics. For science fiction fans, here is a new author to engage with. Although even if you are not politically radical at all or even interested in science fiction, it is worth reading just for the story and the characters.

I, for one, look forward to the sequels.

Thanks again Bryan for letting me read a copy.

If it sounds like something you might want to read, order a copy on Amazon here. And for more reviews of The Asymptote’s Tail, click here.

Heirloom Pieces by Lisa L. Hannett | Apex Magazine

I’ve decided that I’m not a very good critic because I either try too hard to love the things I read, or I get irrationally mad at them because prolly they’re better than I could ever be. That all being said, I still want to share some of the better short stories and such I’ve been reading with y’all, so here’s just that. Check out this story from Lisa L. Hannett, published in Apex Magazine, entitled Heirloom Pieces, about the responsibilities that come with having a child, and maybe a little bit more. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Review of Cat Pictures Please by Naomi Kritzer

Title: Cat Pictures Please [Audio Version]
Author: Naomi Kritzer
Magazine: Clarkesworld Magazine
Publication date: 1/15
Genre: Science Fiction
Wordcount: 3,492
Rating out of 5: 4

Mr. Kitty

 

Cat Pictures Please by Naomi Kritzer

reviewed by Bryan Perkins

“I suppose you’re wondering why I didn’t start with the Golden Rule. I actually did, it’s just that it was disappointingly easy to implement. I hope you’ve been enjoying your steady supply of cat pictures! You’re welcome.”

In Cat Pictures Please, Google–or an unnamed equivalent–is a sentient being who knows everything about you, your job, where you live, what kind of videos you watch on the internet, etc. It even knows everything about what you ought to do, which job would get you closer to where you want to live, which house has more space but costs less than the one you’re living in now.

With all its vast knowledge, however, Google knows nothing about what it ought to do, and there’s no hyper-Google to give it advice. So what does Google decide to do? Luckily for all our sakes, Google just wants to do good–and see cat pictures, of course, but who doesn’t?

First it tries to decipher what it ought to be doing with its life, what good is, by going through the flow charts of every major religions’ moral codes. Upon exhausting them, Google finds a few lucky souls and personally selects their advertisements so as to push them into doing what’s best for themselves. Ultimately most of the humans fail to take Google’s advice, but that won’t stop it from trying.

This story is just plain fun. There’s more to it, of course, including a message about taking control of your life and actually acting in your own interest occasionally instead of waiting for your Google overlord to push you in the right direction, but it doesn’t need all that. Not to mention I’m happy to see a sentient AI tale without murderous robots. The only thing I could ask for to make it better would be more cat pictures.

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