Is Science Fiction promoting pseuodoscience?
Is it not really better than fantasy?
Is it exhausted and dying, per Paul Kincaid (part 1
, part 2
), a sort of genre-writing version of completing a list of The Nine Billion Names of God
? Does physics-bothering
unrepentant space case
Alistair Reynolds have a compass pointing the way forwards
You might have heard Mike Oldfield playing during the Olympic opening
and wondered, "What! Why the heck would Danny Boyle
want the Exorcist theme
playing at the start of such a grand event!" Oldfield's kept a low profile for years, so you may not remember him as the man who literally launched Virgin Records
, one of only three artists to ever knock his #1 record
off the charts with another #1 record
(the other two being Bob Dylan and the Beatles). But those teenage successes were merely the start of an astonishing career, one full of pop music
and prog rock
and New Age
, film scores
and classical orchestrations
— not to mention a spot at the start of Kanye West's recent album
. His magnum opus, Amarok
, is an hour of astonishing sounds and shifting genres which must be heard to be believed. Too overwhelming? Well, there're [more inside]
Playing Chess with Kubrick.
Or, How Writing About Arthur C. Clarke Can Get You A Gig Writing About Bobby Fischer for Playboy
Arthur C. Clarke
, author of 2001, inventor of the telecommunications satellite
and the only reason most geeks can find Sri Lanka
on a map, has died
shortly after celebrating his 90th birthday
The Hidden Stanley Kubrick.
In the nine years following Stanley Kubrick's death on March 7, 1999, several of his collaborators have written and spoken about their experiences working with this notoriously reclusive filmmaker. Their reminiscences shed light on aspects of Kubrick’s family life, private thoughts and work habits, and make for fascinating reading and viewing. Those who've shared their reflections include Michael Herr
(co-screenwriter, "Full Metal Jacket"); Leon Vitali
(actor, "Barry Lyndon" and Kubrick's personal assistant for nearly 25 years);
(credited with the "screen story" for "A.I.: Artificial Intelligence"); and
(who helped to develop the story for "A.I."). Peter Bogdanovich gathered together the impressions of others who worked with Kubrick on various projects
over the legendary director's career. [more inside]
by M John Harrison
has won the 2007 Arthur C Clarke Award
. Named after the famous author
and announced on the opening night of the Sci Fi London
film festival the award is one of the most prestigious in science fiction. Everything you could possibly wish to know about this year's shortlist.
The prolific and inventive Philip Jose Farmer
has long been one of my favorite science fiction writers, but he is rarely counted among the Lists of Greats of the 'old school' authors.(Asimov
Does anyone else have a favorite SF writer who seems to get less credit than he or she deserves?
"Even though the challenges to bring the space elevator
to reality are substantial, there are no physical or economic reasons why it can't be built in our lifetime."
Once just a cool sci-fi idea dreampt up by Arthur Clarke
, Space.com reports that a 62,000 mile ride is not only possible, but probable. And cheap at only a couple hundred bucks per pound.
"Open the pod bay doors, HAL."