Recent posts tagged science fiction


2022


Knock It Off, Criswell

Why I find the obsession with "prescience" in science fiction to be misguided.

Imagine That

Over the course of my life I've emigrated from one kind of imagination to another -- from just "making things up" to seeing what we have in front of us in a new way.

Labels, Labels, Labels

I don't particularly care if my SF is hard, soft, or mushy; I care whether or not I give a darn about who's in it and what happens.

Fantfacy [sic]

On the presence of inarticulate, inexpressive prose -- "Engfish" -- in SF&F.

The Fine Art Of The Center-Eligible Play And Other Cheats

On cheating in a work of fantasy or SF.

The Human Use Of Human Beings, And All That

What are people for in SF&F? To show us what's possible, and to show how that's possible right here, not just "out there somewhere."

Here, Now, Nowhere

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

A Clear(er) Head For The Future

What Zen taught me about writing SF&F, part 1.

Magpie Mind Power

With every story set in a strange new world, give yourself as many individual elements of wonderful strangeness to draw on.

Misery Index, 2022 Edition (And Earlier)

The story of a never-written project that made me realize why I don't want to rub the misery of our moment in people's faces and call that art.

In The Right Spirit

More notes on writing SF&F, as a Buddhist- and Zen-influenced author.

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


The Impossible Immutable

In a story that spans multiverses and multi-selves, do we even need to talk about a "self"?

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.

The Great Maybe

Skepticism of one's own positions is difficult to cultivate, in big part because the rest of the world openly defies us to doubt ourselves constructively.

Let's Blow This Popsicle Stand

When you are faced with a world this chaotic and nasty, is the only sane response to reject it wholesale?

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.

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

Move Fast And Publish Things

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

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


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