Sometimes, even with the most beloved antagonists, we’re left with motivations that are little more than “spoil the protagonist’s goals,” or “destroy the world,” or even more generally, “be evil.” Remember the last movie villain who had a memorable motivation beyond simple revenge, conquest, insanity, or destruction? Too many of these bad guys exist as […]Read more "Anatomy of a Villain: Cypher"
I might be biased since I’ve just published an ebook made up of twelve short stories, but I really do love me a good short story. And to me, one of the masters of this genre is Ray Bradbury. … Source: My 10 favourite Ray Bradbury short storiesRead more "My 10 favourite Ray Bradbury short stories"
If empathic alien cats, space navies, and starships going broadsides with one another sounds like a good time, check out the 1993 science fiction novel On Basilisk Station by David Weber. This is the first of his Honor Harrington series, which has been recommended to me several times and I’ve just now read the first […]Read more "“On Basilisk Station” Review"
Originally posted on Damien Walter:
When high-falutin people talk about sci-fi you’ll often hear them use words like novum and the like. Critic and academic Darko Suvin came up with novum to describe the…thing…at the heart of every sci-fi story that makes it sci-fi. Androids hiding as humans! A world populated by talking apes! A…