A few hours ago a friend sent me mail about Philip Pullman’s fantasy series His Dark Materials. One of the novels in this series was recently made into a movie called The Golden Compass. Apparently there is some controversy over this series, which I have not read and only heard about recently, that the books [...]
Some interesting science fiction web comics I came across recently: Bohemian Drive: In a post-human future, two obsolete robots go on a road trip through the Solar System. Hijinx and soul searching ensue. The Spiders: In an alternate history, President Gore’s Department of Defense wages war in Afghanistan. Mind control weapons and utterly ubiquitous servaillence [...]
Why is it that education seems so resistent to technological improvement?
Yes, I took one of those silly tests that tell you, after a bunch of misleading questions, what kind of thing or person you’re most like. In this case it was science fiction writers. What science fiction writer did this test think I was most like? Hal Clement (Harry C. Stubbs): A quiet and underrated [...]
This might be news to some people, but science fiction, one of the major literary forms of the XX century, is dead. I say this a former, rabid fan of hard SF. SF really has nowhere left to go. Why? Because the future is going to get very, very, very weird and there’s not really [...]
Mr. Farlops begs thee to read Perdido Street Station and The Scar by China Mieville.
Douglas Adams died of a heart attack on Friday, May the 11th. He was 49. First Joey Ramone and now this. My generation’s icons are getting whacked and it makes me feel old and mortal. Kinda ticked there wasn’t more press about it in the States, considering how influential he was to nerd subculture. Those [...]