By focusing on man-made environmental/ecological ruin, Brin makes the black hole stuff seem like a natural extension of human stupidity. He never demonizes science, though. It's the dummies who ignore it, and the ones who oversteer in response, who seem like the bigger issue. » 4/21/14 2:23pm Monday 2:23pm

Great point about the Drogo/Dany rape. I watched the first couple of episodes before starting the books, but as soon as I got to that scene in print, I basically swore off the show (and kept going with the books). Not so much because I felt scandalized, or care when adaptations veer away from the source. It just seemed … » 4/21/14 11:09am Monday 11:09am

I really didn't expect to be this interested in Ward. I feel like the sequence where he slips in and out of his Ward act was a meta-response to (worthwhile) criticisms of the character. I don't think it's the case, but if he was always intended to be a mole, and made intentionally boring as a cover, that would be… » 4/16/14 11:46am 4/16/14 11:46am

How much more legit would it be if the girl had painted Jesus with dark skin, a nose full of busted capillaries (water to wine), tons of scars (again, hobo), and some sort of distinguishing birthmark, which was all confirmed by the other kid? The only difference between her painting and the classic, matinee idol Christ … » 4/16/14 9:37am 4/16/14 9:37am