Recent posts tagged science fiction


2021


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?

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


Hard, Soft, And Squishy

I don't care if SF is possible, I care if it's plausible.

Game Over Player One

What's sad about Ready Player One (and Two): the commanding power cultural nostalgia holds over people in bad times is worth exploring. Just not in a story like that.

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.

Blade Runner 2049

A blueprint for how to do the impossible -- namely, follow up a classic: give it to another artist of vision and stand back.

Stories Of The New Weird Normal

How to seek out stories that intelligently confront the moral complexity of the 21st century.

The New Absurd Is The New Normal

And how we might be able to write about it.

Ticking Some Boxes

Things SF&F need to do, in no particular order.

The Impossible Factor

Why SF&F have something to teach us even when it isn't "real".


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