Category Archives: Science Fiction

Science Fiction Authors Know All

When I think of people who have a firm grasp on how the world works and what’s going on, really, coupled with the ability to make spot-on predictions, I of course think of science fiction authors. In the last few days, that view has been cemented by a couple of blog posts and news reports.

First, […]

Arthur C. Clarke, 1917-2008

I’m back from my conference and am all kinds of tired. I did want to note the passing of Arthur C. Clarke, whose novels I enjoyed and who had the audacity to invent the concept of the geostationary communication satellite.

Steven Brust’s Firefly Fanfic Novel

Steven Brust wrote a Firefly fanfic novel and has released it for free under a Creative Commons license. And, wow, is that a sentence I’d never thought I’d type.

Robert Jordan is Dead, Alas

James Rigney, who wrote under the name Robert Jordan, died yesterday from amyloidosis. He’d been ill for a while, but his death still came as a surprise.

I never read the Wheel of Time books. Somehow I missed starting the series, and only found out about it some three or four books in. At that point […]

Tough Guides to Fantasyland and the Known Galaxy

I’ve known about Diana Wynne Jones’s The Tough Guide to Fantasyland for a while now. The book is a fabulous tour through the clichés of fantasy novels, from Eternal Quests to Dark Lords to Magic Swords. It’s written in the form of a tour guide, with the reader taking on the role of tourist to […]

Speculative Fiction Authors Considered As High School Students

Michael, thanks for coming. I wanted to give you a chance to see a number of our students before they know you are their new principal and have their guard up. You’re in luck: since it’s lunchtime, nearly all of our students are in the cafeteria.

Right through here, please. Sorry about the color scheme. I […]

A Procrustean Approach to Science Fiction

A few years back, a group of science fiction writers announced the Mundane SF philosophy. It aimed to take the overly fantastical out of science fiction. Among the common SF tropes it decried were interstellar travel, contact with aliens, alternate universes, and the like. Mundane SF was to focus on life in and around Earth. […]