Jazz & Johnson
Here's a link I ran across of the NPR Top Ten jazz records for 2015. They have included some links so that you can hear some of the albums selected as well, which always helps to decide whether or not you want to invest in them any further. That Kamasi Washington was a pretty popular title this year. It sort of sounds like progressive jazz and a bit fusion-y to me, but it's still sounds pretty nice. The one by Mary Havorson, called Meltframe sounded pretty interesting as well. http://www.npr.org/sections/ablogsupreme/2015/12/21/460527087/the-2015-npr-music-jazz-critics-poll
The main setup of the story is a mystery surrounding a woman that gets killed in the initial opening story. From there we learn that there are three separate worlds: Earth, a Mars colony, and native miners or Belters. The story is pretty dense, and it already has quite a large cast, but they do a good job of isolating the story lines so it's pretty easy to keep up with. It's one of those series where you could probably watch again just to pick up things you might have missed on the first viewing. That said, however, there were a few things I had questions about or at least wondered why they were handled the way they were.
There was one part in one of the episodes where a rat shows up on the top of a console, which maybe I didn't catch where or what the rat was about, but it didn't make sense to me. Maybe it was a pet rat? Why was a rat there? Also I'll admit I don't know a lot about space or space travel, creating artificial gravity, and that sort of thing, so I don't know if some of the special effects are done just for style and action or of they have any real world/hard SF basis, but I did wonder some about the way the space shuttle craft rotated around and around--granted it happened in battle, but also as it traveled in space. So maybe that was to create an artificial gravity. Who knows? But I would have been one sick puppy if I had been in that tin can rotating in that fashion. Maybe you wouldn't notice that sort of stuff in space, again, who knows? There was another scene where the crew aboard the smaller shuttle are repairing it after a battle, and one of the guys looses a wrench that he's going to use for the repairs, and it goes flying off into space, which looked kind of cool, but wouldn't space explorers have some sort of tethers to prevent that because apparently this ain't their first rodeo in space? Just sayin'... At any rate, it's pretty good, if you like that sort of thing. I hope they can at least keep the momentum going.
George Clayton Johnson died. He wrote the very first episode of the Star Trek episode, The Man Trap, and many of the stories to the Twilight Zone series. I believe he also co-wrote Logan's Run, with William F. Nolan, among many other stories and scripts.
Here's a five hour interview with him if you wish to explore some of that. You can split it up into shorter bite-sized parts, but it's something I want to listen to as well. Here's a link.