The Wandering Earth, Cixin Liu

The first sci-fi I've read in a couple years, and I picked nothing but the best of the genre. Liu is an endless fountain of ideas, and although I was tricked into thinking this was a novel by the way they marketed the version I bought, I was not disappointed, and was constantly surprised and …

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Is Sci-fi missing something?

A friend linked me this article about the squeamish hesitance of writers to call their books sci-fi, and the reputation sci-fi has for being cheap or base entertainment. Some of this rings true for me, too, even as a (ex?) sci-fi fan and writer myself. Their example of Faber is accurate. I remember when I …

Fiction Fridays

I've written a lot of short stories, and done nothing with most of them. The few I've tried to do something with have been eternally rejected. Those that I've posted on other sites have had minimal views because I'm terrible at marketing. Well... one thing I haven't done much of, is posting fiction here. Why? …

The Handmaid’s Tale: a negative side of human adaptability

I finished this dystopian classic by Margaret Atwood and was both impressed and frustrated. I was impressed by how believable the story was. In the afterward the author talks about how she took great care to put nothing in the book that hadn't already happened somewhere in history, and no technology that didn't exist. She …

Out, by Christine Brooke-Rose

What did I just read? I'm not quite sure. At the end it became slightly intelligible that the POV character was of some higher or lower form of consciousness, and had a brain procedure performed on him. So that sheds a bit of light on the bizarre and confusing way this story was told. One …

digging ditches: the ultimate human achievement?

How many Potential Einsteins, Hawkings, or Nabokovs or Woolfs or Monets or O'Keeffes are out there stuck digging ditches or scrubbing floors in order to survive? How much art and literature and scientific discoveries are the rest of us missing out on in favor of that floor being cleaned by a person rather than a …

Money, the root of all pains

If only we could live without it. I never have had fantasies of being rich and powerful, just of being free to follow my interests and not have my energy monopolized by merely surviving. Why, with all our technology and resources, are we still having the majority of people in our society wasting their lives …