science fiction

Category archives for science fiction

After a bit of an unexpected summer hiatus, I’m back to regular blogging, at least as regular as it’s been the last year or two. Of course, I’m a committed Game of Thrones fan. I read the first book in paperback soon after it was reprinted, some twenty years ago. And I’ve also been a…

Somehow I think 2017 is going to be a bit more of a Friday Feak Out year than a Friday Fun year… And in that spirit, some freak out fiction for your reading list this year. It’ll be a great year for novels highlighted how truly awful the world could get if we let it.…

As you all have no doubt noticed over the years, I love highlighting the best science books every year via the various end of year lists that newspapers, web sites, etc. publish. I’ve done it so far in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013,2014 and 2015. And here we are in 2016! As in previous…

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…

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