All posts for Science Fiction Repair Shop in 2021


Moving Parts Grind The Gears 2021-09-26 21:00:00

On the balance between a story with too many rules and not enough.

The Future Is A Hodgepodge 2021-09-11 21:00:00

If there is a "throughline" for our moment in time, it's not something that condenses itself down to the kind of overarching planning found in fiction.

Dune (1984) [2021 review] 2021-09-03 12:00:00

The mere fact that David Lynch's Dune was made at all, and in the Hollywood of the early 1980s to boot, is something of a miracle. Would that it was a better adaptation of the source material, or just a better movie, period.

Fringe Benefits 2021-08-29 12:00:00

In a field that's trend-driven, all the most interesting and truly groundbreaking work can only come from the fringes.

Pi 2021-06-28 12:00:00

Darren Aronofsky's ingenious micro-budget debut, twenty-plus years later, holds up better than some of his bigger-budgeted efforts

The Longest Possible Now 2021-05-30 16:00:00

Near-future SF has always struck me as the most precarious kind of SF, because of its sell-by date.

I Love Maria 2021-05-22 12:00:00

A kooky example of science fiction from Hong Kong, a cinematic world that has relatively little SF to begin with.

The Matrix 2021-05-04 12:00:00

Twenty years later, the Wachowskis' digital fable still stands tall, outliving the slickness of the moment and attempts to misappropriate it

Larger Than Life And Twice As Unreal 2021-04-28 12:00:00

How not all fiction has to be "realistic" to be affective, and how new aesthetic standards can follow from that.

Move Fast And Publish Things 2021-04-25 21:00:00

Here's a good article about the way novel lengths have been influenced by technology and marketing, with an except I found particularly enlightening:

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Else 2021-04-22 12:00:00

Why not propose something truly new, instead of just taking the old and rejugging it?

Why The Force Isn't With Me Anymore 2021-03-12 21:00:00

I didn't leave Star Wars. Star Wars left me. And not in the way you might think.

Getting It From Somewhere Else 2021-03-05 12:00:00

On how new influences keep every kind of art healthy, including and especially popular arts.

Tenet 2021-03-03 12:00:00

At the end of the day, it's just a fancy excuse to shoot a bunch of scenes in reverse.

An Amiable Chaos 2021-02-12 12:00:00

How science fiction and fantasy stories live and die by their technical details, for both better and worse.

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