On the consequences of not knowing what you really want.
On why non-SF writers sometimes disdain SF, continued.
Ideas of immortality, old and new, re-examined.
Why great SF has typically been cautionary and not just visionary.
A peek at the Hieroglyph, up close.
Yet more on 'Hieroglyph' and a better future for all who can afford it.
On 'Hieroglyph', take two.
Why an anthology of techno-positivist SF raises hackles with me.
On standing on the shoulders of giants, but only to jump free.
How to learn from the authors you admire, without cloning their work.
Let's gaze into something other than the abyss - but not our navels either.
How gaming and SF share an inclusivity problem.
On a lot of things: Spike Lee, SF, hard-to-swallow endings, and stacking the deck.
It's the end of the world as we know it, yet again.
Real diversity is about more than just letting the freak flag fly.
An attempt at politically tinged SF, but only an attempt: such are the risks of not thinking through fully the implications of your premise.
It's the end of the world as we love it.
"The most shocking dystopian novel is the first one you read..."
Why combining one thing with another should be about producing something greater than just the sum of its parts.
It's the real, not just the fantastic, that is most alluring in a fantasy.
Fans owe it to themselves to understand why they love something, and not be satisfied with mere self-flattery.
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?
The SF of the past is an artifact of its time, but also much more.
I started writing to see more of the work I felt had vanished.
How I turned an intellectual failure into a creative success.
To what extent do labels like "comic book" or "SF" influence our creation?
Is it knowledge of details or sincerity of enjoyment that makes fans?
Why the way some fantasy authors hold the present in contempt should bother us.
What happens when the room you're in becomes a monoculture. (Fandom-related.)
The smarter the machine, the more likely we are to cozzen up to it.
On the use (and abuse) of wish-fulfillment in SF&F.
When SF is written by people who are fans of nothing but SF, it's bad news.
Why literary fiction often chooses to be fantastic in such a straight-laced way.
"In a few generations, there will be no new ideas, only popular ones."
Why do people assume "fantasy" means "unserious"?
This page contains an archive of posts in the category Science Fiction Repair Shop for the year 2014.
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