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Python programming – an introduction to coding

Python programming The text below is a sample chapter of a book on the Linux command line, programming and hacking that I am writing. It is tentatively scheduled for release in January 2016. If you find any typo’s or blatant errors please feel free to email me and I will make corrections. Please note this chapter is intended for those new to programming, so I may generalize or omit details for clarity and brevity. There is also a PDF version with syntax highlighting – Python programming...

The Medusa Chronicles – Alastair Reynolds and Stephen Baxter join forces

The Medusa Chronicles Hot after the release of his novel Poseidon’s wake and his short-fiction Slow Bullets famed SF author Alastair Reynolds has another book almost ready to go. It is entitled The Medusa Chronicles and it was co-written with another famous SF author, Stephen Baxter. The story is a sequel to the Arthur C. Clarke novel A Meeting With Medusa, published in 1971. The novella served as inspiration for the space dwelling creatures from the Star Trek TNG pilot...

The Girl In The Spider's Web Review!

The Girl In The Spider’s Web Review!

The Girl In The Spider’s Web Review! Finally after 8 years and almost 11 years after writer Stieg Larrson died a new novel in the Millennium Series has been released. This fourth novel, The Girl In The Spider’s Web, is not the fabled lost story of Larsson but has instead been written by David Lagercrantz. Premise The story continues some years after the last novel. Millennium is yet again struggling as investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist reluctantly embraces the truth that he has become a...

Star Wars Dark Disciple Review + Giveaway

Star Wars Dark Disciple Review + Giveaway

Star Wars Dark Disciple Review + Giveaway On the road towards Star Wars Episode 7 slated for December 18 LucasFilm is releasing new novels to fill in the storyline. I already reviewed Lords Of The Sith and gave it an average score. For a title as catchy as ‘Lords Of The Sith’ both Darth Vader and Darth Sidious were notably absent for most of the story. Can Star Wars Dark Disciple by Christie Golden do better? The title, Dark Disciple, indicates the...

Review of The Fifth Heart by Dan Simmons

Review of The Fifth Heart by Dan Simmons

Review of The Fifth Heart by Dan Simmons Ever since the copyrights to the first batch of Sherlock Holmes stories ended some years back the market has been flooded with non-canon fiction. This time it is famed author Dan Simmons who has written a Holmesian historical epic. The author of Hyperion, The Terror and Ilium manages to impress with a story in which both historical and fictional characters take center stage. This is my Review of The Fifth Heart by Dan Simmons,...

The Girl In The Spider's Web Review!

The Girl in the Spider’s Web – in memory of Stieg Larsson

The Girl in the Spider’s Web Stieg Larsson may have died in 2004, but the authors Millennium book series continues. The trilogy was published between 2005 and 2007 – all posthumously. This year a fourth novel will continue the adventures of Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander. The Girl in the Spider’s Web is written by Swedish journalist and author David Lagercrantz. Despite Larsson working on more novels at the time of his death Lagercrantz will not be base his on any of them. which is strange as Larsson’s long-term partner...

Syfy adapts Dan Simmons Hyperion as a TV event!

Syfy adapts Dan Simmons Hyperion as a TV event!

Syfy adapts Dan Simmons Hyperion! The Syfy Channel continues its efforts to re-invent itself. In two days viewers can watch a new SF series: Dark Matter and a week later Killjoys. In the meantime, more fantastic news is out. Syfy adapts Dan Simmons Hyperion as a TV event! According to Blastr.com ‘Syfy channel will team up with producer/actor Bradley Cooper (American Sniper), Oscar-winning producer Graham King (Argo) and director/producer Todd Phillips (The Hangover) to bring the massive novel — the first in...

Star Wars Lords of the Sith Review

Before I progress any further with this review allow me to apologize for my absence. I have only just completed my master thesis, and though I like writing about Science Fiction my study does take precedence. But fear not, after May 19th I will be finished with that part of my life and then I can focus on SF, and my busy professional life as a data scientist! Lords of the Sith Review Lords of the Sith is one of...

Giveaway of Star Wars Lords Of The Sith

As a way to celebrate the good fortunes had by SciFiEmpire.net I am organizing a book giveaway. I will be giving out a copy of Paul S. Kemp’s latest Star Wars novel Lord Of The Sith. That is right, you can earn a copy of the novel that features both Darth Sidious and Darth Vader. Early reviews have so far been very positive, though readers of this blog will have to wait a while yet. Giveaway of Star Wars Lords...

Slow Bullets by Alastair Reynolds Review

Slow Bullets by Alastair Reynolds Review

This April the third book in the Poseidon’s Children series by Alastair Reynolds, Poseidon’s Wake, is set to be released. Afterwards the novella, Slow Bullets, will gets its turn. The tentative release date is June 9th and this is an advance review. For those who are fans of Chasm City or his novella series Diamond Dogs and Turquoise Days will find Slow Bullets to be very satisfying. Slow Bullets by Alastair Reynolds Review Slow Bullets takes place in the far future...

Star Trek DTI The Collectors Review novella cover

Star Trek DTI The Collectors Review

Star Trek DTI The Collectors Review Christopher L. Bennett is finally back with another Department of Temporal Investigations story. This time it is a novella instead of a novel like his previous two outings. I used to write regular updates and reviews of Star Trek novels, but frankly reading all the material would be a full-time job. That, along with the end of the Starfleet Academy series has meant I haven’t done a review in over a year. The Collectors isn’t...

Python programming

Reconnaissance with Maltego WHOIS Nslookup on pentest targets

For those who have read my first chapter on my book on the Linux Command Line will know it will also cover the basics on Penetration Testing. The objective of the book is to teachers readers to use the Linux Terminal, program simple projects and learn about the Internet. All three skills are valuable and taken together they form an essential set of skills for those working as computer scientist, engineering and data science. The book I am writing consist...

Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde. TRON 3 starts filming fall 2015.

Tron Legacy command line explained

A few days ago I posted a sample chapter of a computer textbook I have worked on. It is entitled ‘Linux, Programming and Hacking for Beginner’. I promised that every chapter would be accompanied by a section that shows how popular culture handles the topic. For the first chapter I had selected Tron Legacy and below you can read the result. If you think I made an error please be sure to use the comment section below to give feedback....

Penetration testing A Hands-on introduction to hacking by Georgia Weidman Review!

Penetration testing A Hands-on introduction to hacking by Georgia Weidman Review!

As I have studied Computer Science I am naturally interested in Penetration Testing. No one wants to leave their computer or mobile devices unprotected, but I also wanted to know more on how such dark arts are performed. I don’t want to know that because I want break into some one’s computer but I would like to know just how the worlds IT infrastructure is vulnerable to people pressing keys on their keyboards a world away. As such I have a...