Category: Literature

Git and GitHub - an introductory tutorial

Introductory Tutorial Git and GitHub

Git and GitHub Yet another chapter for my book on Linux, Programming and Hacking is finished. While I won’t publish them all a few key chapters I have posted online to get feedback. The latest chapter is the last one of the first part of the book. It concludes my description of the Linux command line. The chapter before it does briefly touch upon programming, but part 2 focuses solely on that. This chapter  on Git and GitHub connects the two parts. The text is intended for those unfamiliar with both Git and GitHub. As such I have left out some features...

Object oriented design with Java

An introduction to Object Oriented Design with java

An introduction to Object Oriented Design with java I have finished another chapter of my introductory book on Computer Science. This chapter, entitled Object oriented design with java, deals with Object-Oriented Programming (OOP). This concept is illustrated using the Java programming language. For this chapter just like the others a few caveats are necessary to understand. There may be typos and errors. I was pointed to a new of errors in my chapter on shell scripting. There may be some in this chapter as well. Secondly, the text is intended for those who have little to no knowledge of programming. I have generalized some...

Photo compilation Wargames Retro Review

WarGames Retro Review: A Movie Inspired By The 70s

I have written a small review for the 1983 movie WarGames. The review is extended by background information on phone-phreaking. The article will eventually become part of my Computer Science book that I am writing scheduled for release in January 2016. Enjoy! There is also a PDF version for download Wargames WarGames Retro Review Back in the early 80’s the first personal computers had only just started to seep through into society. Chances were you didn’t have one, neither did your friend or your neighbors. However, you’re teacher might have one and the acquaintance working for that big tech firm...

Navigators of Dune banner

Navigators of Dune – See the cover of Brian Herbert and K.J. Anderson’s last Dune novel

The final Dune – Navigators of Dune Next year, May 2016, Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson will release the third and last novel in their Great Schools of Dune trilogy. The last installment is as called Navigators of Dune, as rumored. After having read and reviewed the previous two novels, Sisterhood of Dune and Mentats of Dune I am looking forward to the concluding story. The novels set in the Dune universe written by Frank Herbert’s son Brian Herbert and his co-author Kevin J. Anderson have always been controversial among fans. Their first trilogy, Prelude to Dune with titles such as...

Introduction to Shell scripting + a little bit of Batch

Introduction to Shell scripting + a little bit of Batch

I have finished another chapter for my upcoming Computer Science book. It is an introductory primer to Shell scripting and a little bit of Windows Batch programming. Compared to the other chapters I have released (algorithms and introduction to programming) this one is still rough. I am not quite pleased with it, but I thought I would release it to solicit some opinions. Meanwhile the chapter on Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) is nearly finished. With that one part of the book is done. The other two, on Linux commands and penetration testing are also nearly done. More sample chapter of those can...

Introduction to Algorithms with Perl

Introduction to Algorithms with Perl

Yet another chapter of my introductory CS book After I posted Sunday’s sample chapter on programming I thought I would post another that is nearly finished. Chapter 5 deals with common computer algorithms such as bubble sort, quicksort and the principle of recursion. The chapter is entitled ‘Introduction to Algorithms with Perl’. As you may guess, it is written in Perl, instead of Sunday’s chapter which was in Python. My strategy is to make readers acquaint with as many important programming languages as possible. Perl may be the odd one out, but as this text is for Linux users that are just starting out I...

Python programming

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 – an introduction to coding. Over the coming weeks I will post more sample chapters. Meanwhile my second sci-fi novel, entitled...

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 Encounter at Farpoint. Readers of this blog will know I am major fan of the works of Alastair Reynolds, the same...

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 dinosaur in the social-media driven world. Torn between accepting changes at the magazine or quitting his job his future is...

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 reader can expect more Sith intrigue and this is correct. The story is set during the Clone Wars just before...

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, first released back in March and thus overdue for a in-depth analysis. So what is The Fifth Heart all about?...

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 owns an unfinished manuscript. Most people are aware of the Millennium trilogy film adaptations. First in three movies Swedish starring Noomi Rapace...

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 a tetralogy — to the screen’. There certainly seems to be more than enough talent attached to the project. Also...

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 the few novels recently released to set the stage for this falls’ The Force Awakens. However, after reading it I...

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 Of The Sith The rules of the giveaway are simple. Anyone who can come up with a good name for...

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 in a universe that resembles Alastair Reynolds earlier work. Yet, there are subtle differences with Revelation Space. For one thing faster than...