Stories Of The New Weird Normal (2020/07/30 05:00)
How to seek out stories that intelligently confront the moral complexity of the 21st century.
The New Absurd Is The New Normal (2020/06/13 05:00)
And how we might be able to write about it.
The Impossible Factor (2020/05/09 08:00)
Why SF&F have something to teach us even when it isn't "real".
Not Coming To A Book Near Me (2020/04/04 05:00)
Why I wasn't going to do post-apoc, or apoc-in-general, stories -- yes, even long before COVID-19 came along.
Future Schlock, Pt. 2 (2020/04/01 05:00)
More on how SF's main purpose isn't to predict the coming of specific things, but to understand how we might respond to them, whatever they are.
Escapism In Bad Times (2020/03/31 05:00)
The point isn't to run away from what's around you, but to see something new despite it.
The Unplanned Obsolescence Of Our Dreams (2020/03/20 08:00)
SF and fantasy both have shelf lives, but drastically different kinds.
Down With The PKDness (2019/11/27 08:00)
On adapting Phil Dick's work to film and TV, and why this most unfilmable of authors has been filmed so much.
A Cure For The No Future Blues (2019/11/25 08:00)
ON SF exhaustion, and the point of believing in tomorrow.
The Big Payback, er, Payoff (2019/07/03 05:00)
What you do and don't owe a reader.
Something To Push Against (2019/04/06 10:00)
On constraints as creative impetuses, and the fallacies that arise therein.
Hugo, Hugoing, Hugoforit (2019/04/02 06:00)
AO3's Hugo: a sign of progress.
Future Schlock (2018/12/21 08:00)
On how SF tries to imagine the future, and how that needs to be more than uplift or doomsaying.
A Bridge To The Quiet Planet (2018/12/09 08:00)
My good friend Steve Savage has his first novel out. Go grab it.
Slugging (And Slogging) On (2018/12/03 08:00)
Getting caught up, and some notes on criticism from days past.
Unknown Treasures (2018/08/03 08:00)
One of the things I always hated about myself was how I was, in theory, supposed to be this gigantic SF nerd, and as it turns out I really wasn't.
That Pile On The Nightstand (2018/06/11 05:00)
The overwhelming majority of what I'm genuinely curious about reading has been nonfiction. I hate that.
A Few Words From LeGuin (2018/01/24 06:00)
Parting words, unfortunately.
Player Zero (2018/01/05 08:00)
On why books need to be written to be books, not film pitches-to-be.
The Monster Mash (2017/12/03 08:00)
"...you can a mash lot of orcs and unicorns and intergalactic wars together without actually imagining anything."
Emotional Rescue (2017/12/02 08:00)
The greatest stories make us emotional standard-bearers, not just emotional recipients.
Endtable Pile, Continued (2017/11/12 08:00)
More notes on getting caught up with the state of SF&F.
The Endtable Pile (2017/11/11 10:00)
Some of my SF reading list for 2018.
Kicking A Habit (2017/10/31 08:00)
A mission for the coming seasons: Read more current SF.
I've Seen Things You People Wouldn't Believe! (2017/10/06 07:00)
On 'Blade Runner 2049': All these moments in time must be kept, like tears from the rain.
Science fiction, rebooted.
New York City
Other Lives Of The Mind