Recent posts tagged Science Fiction Repair Shop


2022


Looking Onto Other Pages

"When everyone in the community reads the same books, you can an inward-looking, intellectually impoverished community that can only contemplate its own navel."

Here, Now, Nowhere

On using Zen Buddhist notions of time in writing SF&F.

Knots Within Knots

The job of a storyteller should not be to make things complex, but to find common threads in complex things. Doubly so in SF&F.

Arrival

An actual SF movie, not just a tarted-up shoot-'em-up, both because of the breadth of its ideas and how they are lovingly personalized.

2021


Moving Parts Grind The Gears

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

The Future Is A Hodgepodge

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]

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

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

Pi

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

Untold Influences (2021 Edition)

The books that made me -- specifically, the SF and fantasy books.

The Longest Possible Now

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

I Love Maria

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

The Matrix

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

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

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Else

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

Why The Force Isn't With Me Anymore

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

Getting It From Somewhere Else

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

Tenet

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

An Amiable Chaos

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

2020


The Function Of Fantasy, As Per Lynda Barry

Fantasy can be used as a distraction, but its job is to give us new ways to look at what's around us every day,

The Seven Deadly Sins, Over And Over Again

On a narrow, reductionist view of fiction (and not a very good one, for that reason).

Now Is All You Got

A reason why I haven't written any time travel stories: I don't think time exists. At least, not in the sense of something we can travel through.

Suddenly, It's All Science Fiction

If I didn't feel before like I was living in a science fiction novel, this year sure clinched that feeling. But not for the reasons you might think.

A Dream That Lasts Longer Than The Night

"How come it is easier for us to imagine the end of the world than a modest change in our economic order?" Let me take a crack at this, including how it relates to SF.

Maybe We Can Dream Our Way Out Of It

When we can't think our way out of it, that is.


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