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Sorry about that, but posts and articles about climate change fiction seem especially prone to bad puns… In any case, climate change fiction (or “cli-fi” to use the rather ugly short form) is fiction — either speculative or realistic — that takes as it’s basis the fact that the earth’s climate is changing and jumps…

I have to admit — I’ve always been more of Star Trek fan rather than Star Wars. The Star Trek universe has always seemed more open, more diverse, with a lot more opportunities for telling different stories not just about the rebels versus the empire. It seems that Neil deGrasse Tyson agrees. “I’m old-school with…

hardly ever does The Globe and Mail books section every Saturday feature more than one, maybe two, books that I’m interested in. They’re pretty heavy on the Canlit side, with a heavy helping of the kind of public affairs books that don’t really do it for me. The mystery roundup feature is usually my best…

Best Science (Fiction) Books 2012: io9

(Yeah, yeah, I know. This list isn’t strictly part of my regular list of science books lists, but hey, it’s Boxing Day and we should all be a little extra self-indulgent and buy ourselves something nice. Being a fan of the full range of science fiction, fantasy and horror genres, I have been paying attention…

George R.R. Martin is the new J.R.R. Tolkien, right? Great big, fantasy series with large casts of characters, epic battles between good and evil? Maybe, maybe not. Tolkien certainly create a more black and white universe compared to Martin’s infinite shades of gray. On the other hand, Tolkien found a very nice level of actual…

Longtime followers of this blog will know that I’m a fan of genre fiction, and the more genres the better: science fiction, fantasy, horror, hard boiled and noir. And in a lot of ways those genre boundaries are fluid, and sometimes the authors themselves embody that fluidity. Walter Mosley is one of those authors, writing…

This seems like a fun one for May the Fourth: Jedis disappointed with new “energy-saving” lightsabers Jedi knights have expressed anger at plans to phase out traditional lightsabers in favour of new, more environmentally-friendly models. ‘These new lightsabers are rubbish,’ complained Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi. ‘They take ages to light up and when they do…

I’ve always been a big comics and graphic novel fan. In particular in my youth I was a huge superhero fan. So this one was just a natural for me. Especially since one of the heroes that is profiled was one of my youthful favourites: The Incredible Hulk! 6 superheroes who got their powers from…

Ok, so none of these realizations has actually ruined science fiction for me, but they are pretty funny nevertheless. 4 Realizations That Will Ruin Science Fiction for You #4. Sci-fi Needs a Straight Man Like a Laurel and Hardy Routine The bulk of the workload in writing science fiction/fantasy is creating your whole world from…

Friday Fun: Lord of the Tweets

Sure, John Scalzi doesn’t need any link love from me. On the other hand, sometimes he just hits one right out of the park. Apparently the other day he stumbled upon a Lord of the Rings trilogy showing on TV. And he had a web-enabled machine of some sort handy. And he had Twitter open.…

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