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The Winningest SF Authors Are Women

The New Yorker recently published a charming interview by Julie Phillips of Ursula K. Le Guin.  It described her upbringing in a house full of myth and story headed by her father the great anthropologist Alfred Kroeber, her difficult relationship … Continue reading

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SF Fail #1 – Bionics

Science fiction has failed in many ways, but I was reminded of one of its more egregious lapses, bionics, just the other day.   I was talking to a coworker who turned out to be an Extropian.  We don’t get many … Continue reading

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“The Affinities”: Weaponized Psychology

“What will be the next big technology?” is a question that gets constantly asked.   The answers are usually boring: smaller and more prevalent computers, some new energy source, some advance in space tech, or maybe something will finally happen with … Continue reading

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Deep Time Geology and the Fermi Paradox

A few weeks ago I went out for a beer and some geology, and learned one reason why the sky is so dark.   The beer came from The Burren, a rundown Irish bar in Somerville MA.   The geology … Continue reading

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Lovecraft is Winning

I was standing in the SF section of a bookstore the other day, looking at the anthology shelves.   Of the 74 short story collections they had there, 7 were based on H. P. Lovecraft’s Cthuhlu Mythos.   “The New Cthuhlu”, “Shadows … Continue reading

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“The Martian”: Really Mundane SF

A few years ago Geoff Ryman, the renowned author of “Was” and “The Unconquered Country”, got sick of the tropes of science fiction.   Faster-than-light interstellar travel, aliens, and alternate realities were cheap devices that encouraged boring and lazy writing.   While … Continue reading

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The Future Is Living Around You

A while ago the SF site io9.com asked What’s the Most Futuristic Thing About You?.    They were wondering if their readership was part of that unequally distributed future that William Gibson writes so memorably about.   The replies described the amazing … Continue reading

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