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.
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.
In a field that's trend-driven, all the most interesting and truly groundbreaking work can only come from the fringes.
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.
When you are faced with a world this chaotic and nasty, is the only sane response to reject it wholesale?
Darren Aronofsky's ingenious micro-budget debut, twenty-plus years later, holds up better than some of his bigger-budgeted efforts
The books that made me -- specifically, the SF and fantasy books.
A kooky example of science fiction from Hong Kong, a cinematic world that has relatively little SF to begin with.
Twenty years later, the Wachowskis' digital fable still stands tall, outliving the slickness of the moment and attempts to misappropriate it
Here's a good article about the way novel lengths have been influenced by technology and marketing, with an except I found particularly enlightening:
Why not propose something truly new, instead of just taking the old and rejugging it?
On how new influences keep every kind of art healthy, including and especially popular arts.
At the end of the day, it's just a fancy excuse to shoot a bunch of scenes in reverse.
How science fiction and fantasy stories live and die by their technical details, for both better and worse.
I don't care if SF is possible, I care if it's plausible.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
When we can't think our way out of it, that is.
A blueprint for how to do the impossible -- namely, follow up a classic: give it to another artist of vision and stand back.
How to seek out stories that intelligently confront the moral complexity of the 21st century.
And how we might be able to write about it.
Things SF&F need to do, in no particular order.
Why SF&F have something to teach us even when it isn't "real".
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