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A sneak peek at page 1 of The Non-Zombie Apocalypse

The Non-Zombie Apocalypse takes place only one month after the first book, which is just enough time for Soap to start experiencing college life. Adjusting to college doesn’t come easily to Soap, and as you’ll see in this excerpt she’s … Continue reading

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Neil Gaiman and Chinese Sci-Fi

Last week, renowned author Neil Gaiman gave a speech for The Reading Agency in which he defended the idea of books and libraries in the digital age. His argument hinges on 3 points: 1) books are crucial to our development … Continue reading

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Is sci-fi inherently pessimistic?

This post can also be found on Adr3nalin3 Name 10 sci-fi books or movies and I’ll bet at least 7 of them are pessimistic. Post-apocalyptic worlds (e.g.: The Hunger Games), overwhelming threats to humanity (e.g.: War of the Worlds), dystopian … Continue reading

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It all started in the 50s…

This is a re-post of something I wrote for the Siege Tower Games blog about science fiction in the 1950s: As a teen in the 80s, I remember that the 50s were retro-chic for a few years. Fashion-setting guys were … Continue reading

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My problem with Robert Heinlein

Allow me to commit science fiction blasphemy: I have a problem with some of Robert A. Heinlein’s stuff.   First, the gushing praise While I was growing up, I adored Heinlein’s work. In fact, Have Space Suit, Will Travel may … Continue reading

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Are we living in Orwell’s 1984?

Are we living in 1984? I mean the novel by George Orwell, not the historical year. If we were in the year, I would go buy a bunch of stock in Microsoft and then pick up all the G1 transformers, … Continue reading

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FAHRENHEIT 451: More true every year

To continue my little series on information-control conspiracies, the next logical step is Fahrenheit 451 Only a few months back, the world marked the passing of Ray Bradbury, one of the greatest sci-fi writers of all time. His stories had … Continue reading

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Are Alien Visitors Scientifically Possible? (part 2)

I once had a debate with a pair of biologists about whether alien visitors were possible. They claimed that it was not, by reason that intelligent life could not travel cosmic distances to get here. We agreed that extraterrestrial intelligent … Continue reading

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Are Alien Visitors Scientifically Possible?

One of my first jobs out of college was washing glassware for a biotech research firm. It was a job suitable for a trained monkey, except that the monkeys had a better union than I did. However, one of the … Continue reading

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Help me name this Sci-Fi Sub-Genre

  Help! I need a new name for my sub-genre. Mad Science Instituteis clearly science fiction—what other genre could handle cloned lizard-monsters, EMP weapons, and a robot scorpion-dog? My trouble is that people automatically assume that sci-fi means it’s set … Continue reading

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