Tag: SF

Optics

We have our eyes on the stars.

Worldbuilding Wednesday 5/30/18: Fantasy Villains

A good villain needs a good name.   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. …

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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

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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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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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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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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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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