La société de l’information qui se développe depuis quarante ans transforme radicalement nos vies rendant les vieilles idéologies issues de la société industrielle inadaptées à résoudre bon nombre des problèmes que rencontre aujourd’hui l’occident. Il serait bon de s’interroger pour savoir si la science fiction en tant que littérature d’idées a été capable d’inventer des […]
A review of Bank’s Inversion.
An updated review of a seminal and influential anthology – The Space Opera Renaissance
Maybe it’s time to donate to SETI … and vote for politicians who believe that Gross National Happiness is less important than Gross National Aerospace Investment.
Hello and welcome to August! I was away for much of July on a “blogging vacation”, and I very much missed you and our ongoing genre mash-up conversation while I was gone. Now that I’m back, this month we’ll be looking at the ways in which speculative fiction intersects with spy fiction, from John Le […]
Oh my God! I miss you.
Science fiction lost Scottish author Iain M. Banks to gall bladder cancer on June 9, just over two months after he announced that he had been diagnosed with the disease. Banks began publishing fiction in 1984 with his non-genre novel The Wasp Factory. His first science fiction novel, Consider Phlebas, was published three years later. To help […]
World-building, extrapolation, analogy, conceptual breakthrough, thought experiment – these are science fiction’s basic methods. Other genres might occasionally borrow them, but SF has sharpened them to a razor’s edge. So what happens when this set of tools works alongside the themes, styles, and plot structures of noir?