Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. – Sagan


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

SFSignal helps you choose your poison

By poison, I mean books, and by books I mean they have all your bases covered: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Cyberpunk, Thrillers, War epics, Horror. The flowchart was made based on input from over 60,000 NPR readers who submitted their favorite Sci-Fi and Fantasy books over the summer. Some are classics, some are new.

So what are you waiting for? Click the image below to view the high res flowchart in all it’s colorful splendiferous glory.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

It’s Steampunk week at Tor

Steampunk style and culture is experiencing a revival, most evident in television series, pirate adventures, books, and film and Tor has got you covered. For those of you not familiar with Tor, they are the premier site on the web for all your Science Fiction and Fantasy needs, be it literature or comic books. So fans of Steampunk, be sure to check them out. You’ll be a life-long fan.


Monday, September 19, 2011

A future without aging

Postmortal is a novel by Drew Magary that explores the idea that aging can be turned off by disabling one gene. The cure can be had for $7,000 from your doctor. It doesn’t reverse aging, instead, it simply halts it. Taking the cure at 50 just means your body will be in it’s 50 year old state until you die. The result is veritable immortality where the only ways to really die are accidents and diseases. You don’t experience aging in the same way we do now physically.

However, the consequences of this discovery are not all it’s cracked up to be. Check out this synopsis on Boing Boing. The book can be purchased from Amazon.

I guess the real question is, if you had the chance to take the cure, would you? Even knowing the ramifications of a population that reproduces but doesn’t die off to make room for their offspring?


Sunday, September 18, 2011

An argument for more “hard science” in Science Fiction

Thought provoking article by Madeline Ashby entitled A Moral Argument for Hard Science Fiction.

All too often in fiction, we choose to batter our science and technology in a thick coating of McGuffin and then deep-fry it in a vat of boiling handwavium. But just as we should avoid an ignorant depiction of human beings whenever possible, we should also avoid ignorant depictions of science and technology — because how we discuss science and technology is inherently political.


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

LeVar Burton: Still making a difference

Fast Company has a great article on one of my favorite actors, LeVar Burton. I grew up with Reading Rainbow and ST:TNG. LeVar’s non-profit venture is called RRKids, and they plan to release an interactive iPad app designed to let kids discover the joys of reading. Read the full story at Fast Company Reading Rainbow: The Next Generation.

Let me just add that my favorite Reading Rainbow episode was when we visited a print shop that was making a book that folded in on itself, like the ouroboros.


Monday, September 12, 2011

Dune cover art sells for $26,000

This painting by John Schoenherr, used for the ACE paperback first edition of Dune, sold for $26,290 at Heritage Auction Galleries. Dune is one of my favorite science fiction novels. Written in the 60s, spanning hundred of years of future history, Frank Herbert constructs his universe in six novels. While Dune is his first and most popular novel, I actually count Children of Dune and God Emperor of Dune as my favorites.


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