About the author

Matt is the author, co-author, secondary-author, ghost-author, and non-author of articles, speeches, book chapters, and even entire books! Next will be the bestseller "Losing My Religions." Currently, he is President of One Step for Animals; previously, he was shitcanned from more nonprofits than there is room to list here. Before Matt’s unfortunate encounter with activism, he was an aerospace engineer who wanted to work for NASA to impress Carl Sagan. His hobbies include photography, almost dying, and {REDACTED} He lives in Tucson with Anne and no dogs, no cats, and no African tortoises (although he cares for all of these).

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Amazing Accomplishment

This holiday season, the three of us re-watched The Lord of the Rings (over the course of six nights). I think it is the greatest feat of filmmaking ever.

Yesterday, I finished The Three-Body Problem trilogy, and I am hugely impressed by the literary accomplishment. I know the first book got lots of buzz (e.g., being on Obama's reading list), but while the payoff of The Three-Body Problem is great, I found the next books to be significantly more enjoyable. The ratio of hard and speculative science to plot increases over the course of the trilogy, with the last half of Death's End being an amazing, rapturous exploration of the furthest shores of scientific possibilities.

It took me well over a year to read through the nearly 2,000 pages. It would be much better read straight through, but I don't know who would have the time for that. (Also, try not to read anything about the books beforehand.) But as someone who generally doesn't like reading elaborate series (never read LOTR and quit The Foundation series after 100 pages), I can say this series is worth it.

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