question of the day: Is geek culture female friendly?

Echoing a question that Jezebel asked earlier this week: Is geek culture female friendly? The answer, whatever it may be, goes well beyond whether there are lots of women at science fiction conventions (as was pointed out by commenters in this recent thread about how many men are astonished to learn that a woman likes … more…

I am continually astonished…

…by how many men seem to think that a woman — a mere girl! — simply couldn’t possibly like science fiction, and how many men express utter amazement when a woman indicates such an interest. These guys need to meet more interesting women…

question of the weekend: Should we clone Neanderthals?

The current issue of Archaeology magazine has a fascinating article revealing that scientists are very close to sequencing the DNA of a Neanderthal woman who died in what is now Croatia 30,000 years ago. And then: The ability to use the genes of extinct hominins is going to force the field of paleoanthropology into some … more…

Battlestar Galactica: The Plan (review)

They did keep telling us, all through the four seasons of *Battlestar Galactica,* that the Cylons had ‘a plan,’ but we never really got the details. Sure, we assumed that the plan was to destroy humanity — that much was obvious — but was there more to it?

Galaxy Quest (review)

Just as those who don’t understand the appeal of Star Trek will never get it, the charm of Galaxy Quest is probably limited to those of us already within the geek realm. So, it’s one more bit of fun we’ll hog for ourselves.