I, Shebot

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If this photo gives you the creeps, congratulations, you may be human. But in another few years, it may not be so easy to tell. And as usual, science fiction is largely to blame.

Resident Evil

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There are some people who think that a movie based on a video game should automatically be considered mindless trash. Good science fiction movies,...

Some shows get cancelled before their time

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I always hate getting in to  a show and then it suddenly gets cancelled before it gets to even begin its story (Firefly is...

When Hollywood Attacks!

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There was no movie in 2012 that I looked forward to seeing more than Prometheus.  It was being produced by Ridley Scott, the same...

Amazing Stories to Publish David Gerrold Comic Script: Star Trek &...

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Ok, I'll say it, if only to keep up with the current trend on the site:  The Experimenter Publishing Company is pleased to bring...

No. 6 – Theodore Sturgeon, The Next Question, Well-Meaning Scientists and...

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2013 Feb 10 - Theodore Sturgeon, aka/Edward Hamilton Waldo, is best remembered for asking “What’s the next question?” In some portraits, you’ll see Sturgeon...

Why Science Fiction Poetry is Embarrassingly Bad

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I have been bothered for a long time by what passes for science fiction poetry, at least the kinds of “verse” (I use the...

Apollo’s Outcasts Brings Back the Space Adventure

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Finally, we have an author not afraid to approach fresh innovative science fiction with an old-school style. Apollo’s Outcasts by Allen Steele is an...

Christopher Nolan’s Inception as Shamanic Psychodrama

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A few weeks ago, a friend and I were discussing which films should be considered science fiction and which shouldn’t. He claimed comic book/superhero...

Invasion of the Movie Snatchers

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We live in a cinematic age of remakes, reboots and re-imaginings. Even new movies like The Hobbit feel like pictures that have gone before....

Is Science Killing Science Fiction?

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Gregory Benford shared this on facebook, asking if this notion was true: Strahan, Jonathan, “Introduction,” Edge of Infinity, Solaris, 2012. This is just a short...

The Galapagos Frontier Thesis

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The formative American experience was the conquest of the western frontier. Would science fiction and fantasy exist without the frontier model? What does Japan's parallel conquest of Hokkaido tell us about the legacy of colonial expansion?

The Top Ten Roleplaying Games of All Time

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Pull the blinds and turn off the phone; it’s time to head to the Game Room and lock in on some hardcore meta-gaming action. ...

Elementary, my dear Watson-bot 2.0!

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Crime and punishment. Both words are synonymous with genre fiction. Whether it is the flashy superhero racing to stop the next crisis or the "I'm too...

All I Want For X-Mass/Hanukah is –

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Two front teeth?  What strange, horrible and twisted things happened to that kid that all she wanted was body parts? Me?  All I wanted was...

The Lazy Apocalypse

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One of my usual rants is that science fiction writers are lazy. (And greedy, but that’s another story.) Of course, both accusations are not...

“I Like Science Fiction, It’s Got Like Giant Robots and Stuff,...

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Over the last three weeks I have discussed the sources and causes of Science Fictions self-esteem problem. The genre’s inability to shed it’s pulp...

The Virtual Truth of the Bloodlight Chronicles

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The Bloodlight Chronicles by Steve Stanton revives originality in today's science fiction with a complex cyberpunk series.

Machines that Think Are Improbable

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Intelligent robots have been part of the SciFi lexicon since before Fritz Lang's seminal file Metropolis. While it's fun to imagine what the world...

Dress for the Occasion 2: The Decked-out Heroine

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Previously I blogged about that favourite trope of SF & Fantasy illustration: The Scantily Clad Female. That topic generated a lot of comments, so...

A Kepler’s Dozen

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NASA's Kepler mission has been watching a swath of the Milky Way watching for the signs of stars being eclipsed by planets in orbit...

E-Zines vs. Dead Tree Zines: the more things change…

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I have been producing fanzines off and on since 1976, shortly after encountering science fiction fandom and this particular aspect of that hobby interest....

Raptor Rapture

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2013 sees the twentieth anniversary of Jurassic Park. To celebrate, a 3D version will be released in the USA in April: http://www.jurassicpark.com/index_splash.html. Dinosaurs are hotter...

Judging A Book By Its Cover (Art)

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The old axiom about not judging a book by its cover notwithstanding, I am going to judge the merits of various book covers that...

Am I A Science Fiction Writer?

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Now that's an interesting question. We've just launched my first novel, Shh! It's a Secret: a novel about Aliens, Hollywood, and the Bartender's Guide, at...

The First Poem Written in Space

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The real scandal is that it took anyone this long to write a poem in space. The solution is easy.

Horrorcast: The Drabblecast

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If you love to start your day with photos of catacombs and bone chandeliers, or listen to ectoplasmic psychodramas while doing your grocery...

Fiction and the Happy Brain

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STORY HORDER As a child, I was a story horder. I couldn't get enough of them. I was very fortunate to have parents who read...

No. 4 – H. G. Wells, The Time Machine, War of...

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I suspect what most people remember most about H. G. Wells gets confused with Orson Welles, the actor. You know, that infamous radio announcement?...

A New Generation of Star Wars

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A couple of months ago came an announcement that caught many of off-guard. The announcement I refer to is that of the Star Wars...