"Kingsley Amis did in his 1960 critical study New Maps of Hell. Amis contended that science fiction, like jazz, developed a self-aware identity in the second and third decades of the twentieth century, attracted a knowledgeable and devoted following largely of younger fans, and gained new levels of imaginative and stylistic sophistication in the 1940s...By … Continue reading American Science Fiction, Classic Novels of the 1950’s
I have a idea for a series of stories exploring the Silurian Hypothesis as recurrent history, where we discover previous industrial civilizations on earth, and are in turn discovered by the industrial civilization after ours, possibly after some minor colonization of the solar system but where climate change catastrophe cuts the sustainability of human settlements … Continue reading Silurian Stories
"Be yourself or someone else will." —http://lordess.io/ Enjoying Lordess Foudre's art. Figured it warrants an add to my bookmarks.
Note: I've tried to avoid any spoilers, which significantly limits this discussion. In June 2018, Babylon 5 became available on Amazon Prime. On Amazon Prime, the series starts with The Gathering, which is a 2 hour pilot that lays out the narrative framework with different actors from the main series. Then, it's 5 seasons of … Continue reading Watching Babylon 5 in 2018
"Then on September 26 of this year, the mathematician John Baez of the University of California, Riverside, posted on Twitter about Houston’s 2014 finding, as part of a series of tweets about apparent mathematical patterns that fail. His tweet caught the eye of Egan, who was a mathematics major decades ago, before he launched an … Continue reading Greg Egan and the Permutation Problem
Discussion of nine current subgenres in science fiction: Chinese Sci-Fi, Afrofuturism, Gulf futurism, Climate Fiction (Cli-Fi), Solar Punk, Water Crisis Thrillers, Kitchen Sink Dystopia, Woke Space Opera, and The New Weird. Each category has three book suggestions. Of the suggestions I've read (which are very few), I've liked Ann Leckie's Ancillary trilogy and everything by … Continue reading Exploring the Future Beyond Cyberpunk’s Neon and Noir
"Of all the things you can read on the internet, The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction is one of the only good ones. In perpetual conversation with itself, ever growing and expanding—perhaps threatening, in its accumulated obsessions, to become self-aware—this index of the fantastic documents possible pasts and futures alike." —M.H. Rowe. "The Encyclopedia of Science … Continue reading The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction