Tag Archive: SF

Feb 19

The Mouse

What is more horrifying to see… a dead mouse, or one so obviously transformed by genetic manipulation?   (Art by Monique Goosens)

Oct 28

A Haunting Strain of Music, Part 1

Don’t you know how I hate being disturbed when I’m categorizing my record collection?   Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I like the spookiness, the masquerade element, and the rich trove of vintage memorabilia generated over the years… like these LP and 45 covers. For fun, I looked up the music as well. …

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Oct 11

Worldbuilding Wednesday 10/11/17: Tiamatan Clan Names

This beautiful illustration was from the Romanian cover of the book.   Science fiction writer Joan D. Vinge wrote a fairy tale/space opera mashup in the early 1980s called The Snow Queen, which borrowed from the Hans Christian Anderson tale of the same name. Most of the action took place on a frigid water planet …

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Sep 21

Harm [Reading Challenge 2017]

Harm by Brian W. Aldiss Ballantine Books, New York, 2007   [Challenge # 10: A book based in a religion not your own.] British SF author Brian W. Aldiss, who died recently at the age of 92, was one prolific writer. He started his SF writing career in 1954 and by the end of it, …

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Jun 30

Cinder [Reading Challenge 2017]

Cinder by Marisa Meyer Macmillan, 2012   [Challenge # 4: A book you started last year and haven’t yet finished.] I started Cinder last year. It was one of the first ebooks I ever bought because I could not seem to finish the hardback I had borrowed from the library. Then, after working on it …

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Apr 18

Storyboarding Dystopia, Part II

Now where were we? Ah yes, superhero comics and dystopias. No one expects a lot of logic from these. For example, Wolverine’s claws magically suck up into his forearms when they are not needed, somehow without damaging the muscles in his wrists. That’s cool, and it’s a comic book where graphic departures from reality are …

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Apr 14

Storyboarding Dystopia, Part I

Silver blood on a Red Queen's hand

I am fascinated by YA Dystopias, even though a lot of them are execrably written. Somehow, though, they always manage to sucker me in, giving me the come-on with cryptic, pretty covers and high what-if concepts: What if all young people had a disease that caused them to die before age 25? What if society …

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