Tag: SF

Exo [Review]

Exo by Fonda Lee Scholastic, 2017 Of all the YA science fiction I’ve read so far (and keep in mind it hasn’t been a lot) Fonda Lee’s Exo is the only one I’d call true SF. That is, an out-there premise is given and the author extrapolates from it, showing us the effects it has …

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Optics

We have our eyes on the stars.

Worldbuilding Wednesday 5/30/18: Fantasy Villains

When writing fantasy, which is a genre that must be larger than life, your villains should be larger than life, too… and that means an evocative name, something to let the reader know they are, indeed, the villain, in whatever made-up language or naming system you’re using. Let’s look at a few. In the Harry …

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Aliens

Ecstasy of the deepest kind.

Uncanny Valley

The Geisha robot came too close to the Uncanny Valley for most patrons to be comfortable with.   (Art by Nick Keller)

The Mouse

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

A Haunting Strain of Music, Part 1

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.   The rich baritone voice of Boris Karloff, best known for narrating the Christmas special …

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Worldbuilding Wednesday 10/11/17: Tiamatan Clan Names

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 named Tiamat, where humans were split into two clans: Summers and Winters. …

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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, had …

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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 intermittently, I …

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