George R.R. Martin Shows Us a Whole New Side of The Seven Kingdoms

George R.R. Martin’s epic-fantasy setting of Westeros is highly addictive, and for good reason. It’s such a richly imagined world, with such a rich backstory, there’s enough material to obsess about for years. And his new book, collecting his “Dunk and Egg” stories, showcases just what a great setting it is. »10/06/15 10:01pm10/06/15 10:01pm

The Final Discworld Book Is Bittersweet For Many Reasons

The latest Discworld book, The Shepherd’s Crown, doesn’t just have the task of wrapping up the story of Tiffany Aching, trainee witch. It’s also the very last Discworld book, since author Terry Pratchett sadly passed away earlier this year. The good news is, this is a solid ending to both stories. »9/08/15 10:30pm9/08/15 10:30pm

It's Survival Of The Fittest In John Scalzi's The End Of All Things

It’s pretty safe to say that John Scalzi’s career will be defined by his Old Man’s War series. The novels have consistently been his strongest novels, and with his latest entry in the series, The End Of All Things, he’s demonstrated that they’ve become more nuanced and interesting as time goes on. »8/09/15 5:40pm8/09/15 5:40pm

How We'll Live on Mars: A Manifesto for Colonizing the Red Planet

For more than century, humans have imagined building colonies on Mars, and now settling the Red Planet is no longer a pipe dream—it’s something we might achieve in little over a decade. And many people, including the author of the new book How We’ll Live on Mars, believe our very survival as a species hinges on it.… »7/07/15 12:00pm7/07/15 12:00pm

The Secret Life Of Sally Ride, The First American Woman In Space

When Sally Ride died in 2012, her obituary noted a new fact that was widely picked up: that she was survived by her partner, Tam O'Shaughnessy. The first American woman in space suddenly became a more complicated figure. Now Lynn Sherr, a journalist and friend of Ride, has created a brilliant and eye-opening biography. »5/26/15 9:58am5/26/15 9:58am

An Amazing Book About the World-Changing Technology You Forgot

'Technology' normally means a gadget — but really, it's any technical invention that solves problems and improves lives. Often, the most important tech is the one you take completely for granted. Like shipping containers, which are explored in a book called The Box, which is one of the most fascinating things I've… »2/14/15 11:00am2/14/15 11:00am

The Truth About What Went Wrong With The Third Season Of Star Trek

The original Star Trek was a revolutionary television show... that came to an ignominious end. The classic space opera saw a huge drop in quality in its final season, and then was cancelled. Legend has it the ratings were terrible, and the new producer, Fred Freiberger, ruined it. But the truth is a bit more… »2/05/15 4:42pm2/05/15 4:42pm

The Innovators Review: Taking the "Great Man" Out of the Garage

You'd be forgiven for thinking that The Innovators, Walter Isaacson's new book, is about innovators and the things they built, given that it's right there in the title. But in truth, the book is an examination of who gets the credit for building our modern high-tech society. And for this, it's one of the most… »10/07/14 2:54pm10/07/14 2:54pm

Book Review: Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft Plans to Stay Relevant in the Post Gates Era

What does someone who's been covering Microsoft for 25 years think about Bill Gates' retirement? Ask Mary Jo Foley, or consider her book, Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft Plans to Stay Relevant in the Post Gates Era. I read and I found it to be somewhat encyclopedic in its breadth and knowledge of the inner workings of… »6/26/08 3:50pm6/26/08 3:50pm