The Drowned GiantBritish writer J.G. Ballard has passed away at age 78. Mostly known for his novels Crash and Empire of the Sun, both made into mediocre Hollywood films, he was to my mind a better short story writer. His collection The Terminal Beach includes two of my favorite short stories, The Drowned Giant and… Continue reading
Updike, Science Fiction and “the Modernist position”In the back-page editorial for the latest (March) issue of the New York Review of Science Fiction, David G. Hartwell passes along some grim forecasts for the field in publishing (which I’ll discuss in a separate post). After which he writes: I had hoped to devote this editorial entirely… Continue reading
Phil Plait gives an excellent summary of some seriously spooky quantum experiments on the international space station.
One of the joys of moving into a new (larger) house is (at last) finding the shelf space for your classic science fiction paperbacks!
I’d like to start my review of Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother with a disclosure. I haven’t read Young Adult novels before (nada, zippo, not one), but I can’t say it made the slightest difference: I wasn’t stopping here and there to remind myself, ‘okay, cut the author some slack, he’s writing for teenagers for God’s… Continue reading