All posts for Science Fiction Repair Shop in 2014


You Figure It Out Dept. 2014-12-28 22:00:00

On the consequences of not knowing what you really want.

They Blinded Me With Science Dept. 2014-11-16 15:00:00

On why non-SF writers sometimes disdain SF, continued.

Oh, You Want To Live Forever? Dept. 2014-09-15 18:00:00

Ideas of immortality, old and new, re-examined.

The Adventures Of Lem(my) Caution Dept. 2014-09-13 17:00:00

Why great SF has typically been cautionary and not just visionary.

The Hieroglyph On The Wall Dept 2014-09-10 14:00:00

A peek at the Hieroglyph, up close.

Hieroglyph The Third Dept. 2014-09-09 14:00:00

Yet more on 'Hieroglyph' and a better future for all who can afford it.

Hieroglyph Redux Dept. 2014-09-08 17:00:00

On 'Hieroglyph', take two.

Heaven Is A Flying Car And A Laser Gun Dept. 2014-09-08 16:00:00

Why an anthology of techno-positivist SF raises hackles with me.

A You-Shaped Hole In The World Dept. 2014-09-03 14:00:00

On standing on the shoulders of giants, but only to jump free.

Certified Copy Dept. 2014-08-31 14:00:00

How to learn from the authors you admire, without cloning their work.

On Staring Away From The Abyss Dept. 2014-08-30 14:00:00

Let's gaze into something other than the abyss - but not our navels either.

Those Who Do Not Curate The Present Are Condemned To Repeat The Past Dept. 2014-08-29 14:00:00

How gaming and SF share an inclusivity problem.

The Rightest Thing Dept. 2014-08-28 17:00:00

On a lot of things: Spike Lee, SF, hard-to-swallow endings, and stacking the deck.

Chicken Little Hits Again Dept. 2014-08-01 14:00:00

It's the end of the world as we know it, yet again.

Freak Flagged Dept. 2014-07-28 14:00:00

Real diversity is about more than just letting the freak flag fly.

Elysium 2014-07-14 14:00:00

An attempt at politically tinged SF, but only an attempt: such are the risks of not thinking through fully the implications of your premise.

The End Is Extremely F---ing Nigh Dept. 2014-07-09 14:00:00

It's the end of the world as we love it.

There's A Hell Of A Bad Universe Next Door, Let's Go Dept. 2014-05-28 14:00:00

"The most shocking dystopian novel is the first one you read..."

Fixed In The Mix Dept. 2014-05-12 14:00:00

Why combining one thing with another should be about producing something greater than just the sum of its parts.

The Fantasticks (And The Realisticks) Dept. 2014-05-11 14:00:00

It's the real, not just the fantastic, that is most alluring in a fantasy.

Fan Smart, Fan Dumb Dept. 2014-05-02 14:00:00

Fans owe it to themselves to understand why they love something, and not be satisfied with mere self-flattery.

Squinting Into The Future Dept. 2014-04-26 14:00:00

If looking to SF for a vision of the future is a bad idea, can we at least say which SF we're talking about?

A Peek Forward Dept. 2014-03-24 14:00:00

The SF of the past is an artifact of its time, but also much more.

To Scratch One's Own Itch Dept. 2014-03-18 14:00:00

I started writing to see more of the work I felt had vanished.

The Crack In Everything Dept. 2014-03-07 15:00:00

How I turned an intellectual failure into a creative success.

Categorically Speaking Dept. 2014-03-04 15:00:00

To what extent do labels like "comic book" or "SF" influence our creation?

The Details Matter Dept. 2014-02-22 20:25:00

Is it knowledge of details or sincerity of enjoyment that makes fans?

My World, And Welcome To It Dept. 2014-02-11 15:00:00

Why the way some fantasy authors hold the present in contempt should bother us.

The Smartest People In The Room Dept. 2014-02-09 15:00:00

What happens when the room you're in becomes a monoculture. (Fandom-related.)

Artificial Stupidity Dept. 2014-02-08 15:00:00

The smarter the machine, the more likely we are to cozzen up to it.

And A Pony Dept. 2014-02-07 15:00:00

On the use (and abuse) of wish-fulfillment in SF&F.

Revenge of the Geeks Dept. 2014-01-30 20:00:00

When SF is written by people who are fans of nothing but SF, it's bad news.

A Washing Machine In The Sky Dept. 2014-01-29 15:00:00

Why literary fiction often chooses to be fantastic in such a straight-laced way.

This Is What You Want, This Is What You Get Dept. 2014-01-04 15:00:00

"In a few generations, there will be no new ideas, only popular ones."

Dream Off Dept. 2014-01-03 15:00:00

Why do people assume "fantasy" means "unserious"?

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