Neal (Cryptonomicon, Snow Crash) Stephenson’s father was an engineer and his mother a scientist, and he himself studied science at Boston University. Isaac Asimov (Foundation) has a PhD in Chemistry. Stanisław Lem (Solaris) was a medical doctor. Besides a Master’s Degree and other educational achievements, Margaret Atwood (Oryx and Crake) is an inventor of a […]Read more "What Makes a Solid Foundation for Writing Science Fiction?"
Francis Bacon wrote, “Hope is a good breakfast but a bad supper.” The same could be said for nostalgia. Film and television continually work at resurrecting the treasured memories of science fiction shows and movies that form the foundation of many of our youths. The X-Files is the latest example. (No Spoilers)Read more "Nostalgia vs. The X-Files"
Some of the best science fiction stories that deal with space travel and mankind leaving Earth do just fine without any pesky alien lifeforms. Aliens as a plot device have always been interesting to me as their inclusion allows for the exploration of certain themes that can be explored more freely than with a cast […]Read more "Why the Abyss Didn’t Need Its Aliens"
I remember trying to read TS Eliot’s The Waste Land in high school without knowing anything about it. It proved a disappointing experience when I never got to any part of the book containing a muscle-bound man with a magnum revolver and a metal helmet leading an army of motorized desert trash against a group […]Read more "In Search of the Post-Apocalypse (pt 1)"
There are some limited but very exciting opportunities for humanity under the rulership of our machine overlords. Depending on which universe or intellectual property, choosing which robot government holds sovereignty might be the most important choice you ever make. Trucks/ Maximum Overdrive. If you’ve read Stephen King’s short story Trucks (from the Night Shift anthology), […]Read more "What Your New Robot Overlords Can Do for You"