The 2014 Hugo Award Winners
were announced at the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, Loncon3
. The Hugo Awards
are "the premier awards in the Science Fiction field, given annually for over 50 years in over a dozen categories." [more inside]
An Alderson Disk
is a science fiction megastructure imagined first by scientist Dan Alderson
. It's a solid disk that is thousands of kilometers thick, with a circumference equal to the orbit of Mars or Jupiter. The habitable zone
would be on both sides of the disk and would be millions of times the surface area of the Earth. Not much theoretical work has been done on its feasibility, but some
. Missile Gap, by MeFi's own Charles Stross, which won the Locus readers' award for best novella of 2006, features a 1960s Earth transposed to an Alderson disk and is available for free on the publisher's website
The Forces Of The Next 30 Years - SF author and Mefi's Own
Charles Stross talks to students at Olin College about sci-fi, fiction, speculation, the limits of computation, thermodynamics, Moore's Law, the history of travel, employment, automation, free trade, demographics, the developing world, privacy, and climate change in trying to answer the question What Does The World Of 2043 Look Like?
And now he has a posse.
Mefi's Own cstross
plus Patrick Rothfuss, Mary Robinette Kowal and Jim Hines posed for a remake of the cover of the Poul Anderson book Young Flandry
. Hines promised to remake the cover if his readers raised $5,000 for the Aicardi Syndrome Foundation
. They raised over three times that amount and Hines gathered his cohorts and fulfilled his promise.
Scientist and Science Fiction author Joan Slonczewski
, author of A Door Into The Ocean
, guest blogs
about science fictional and microbiology on Charles Stross's site: Salt Beings
, Microbes grow the starship
, Synthetic Babies
This is all rooted in a vision I had, of William S. Burroughs as a CIA agent, and Philip K. Dick as his young henchman, going head-to-head with notorious gangster and pervert Adolf Hitler somewhere in Hamburg to find out where Hitler is shipping all the computers he can get his hands on.
- In another world Charles Stross wrote this sprawling work
of Alternate History
instead of the Merchant Princes
books. Fictional books are of course themselves a common them in Alternative History stories, from The Grasshopper Lies Heavy in The Man in the High Castle
to Adolf Hitlers pulp novel Lord of the Swastika
in The Iron Dream
. Stanisław Lem was particularly enamoured with the idea of the fictional book, and wrote two volumes of reviews and introductions for them, lovingly described here
by Bruce Sterling.
Science Fiction writers Alastair Reynolds
, Vernor Vinge
, Karl Schroeder
and MeFi's own Charles Stross discuss the Singularity
- which, Stross cheekily points out, has been around the corner for a good 20 years.
Inspired by Charles Stross' A Colder War
and Atrocity Archives
stories, noder The Custodian
has written a series of fictional, Lovecraftian intelligence briefings entitled "The Benthic Wars": SPECWEAPS
, DEEP BLACK
, PRIOR TENANT
, BENTHIC OUTREACH
, VIOLET CAIN
, SAKNUSSEM THUNDER
and INDRA NEPTUNE
Meanwhile, others ponder the question: What if HP Lovecraft had co-invented C?
Free Speculative Fiction Online
is a database of free science fiction and fantasy stories online by published authors (no fan-fiction or stories by unpublished writers). Among the authors that FSFO links to are Paul Di Filippo
(14 stories), James Tiptree, Jr.
(4 stories), Connie Willis
(3 stories), Eleanor Arnason
(3 stories), Bruce Sterling
(5 stories), Robert Heinlein
(7 stories), Ursula K. LeGuin
(3 stories), Jonathan Lethem
(5 stories), Michael Moorcock
(6 stories), Chine Miéville
(2 stories), Samuel R. Delany
(3 stories), Robert Sheckley
(8 stories), MeFite Charles Stross
(33 stories) and hundreds of other authors. If you don't know where to start, there's a list of recommended stories
The Panopticon Singularity
is an insightful rant by author Charles Stross
that highlights just how close our society is to a data- and information-driven singularity. And it doesn't look like that's a good thing. Written for the recently discontinued Whole Earth Review
, it is now available for all to peruse.
"Nothing like this will be built again"
is the summary, by sf author Charles Stross
, of his tour of the Torness nuclear power station
in East Scotland.
His enthusiastic descriptions of the extreme coolness
of the technology, the combination of near Victorian style brass plumbing and advanced nuclear engineering, go some way to demystify and humanise what I always regarded as one of the more terrifying pieces of architecture I had ever seen when I lived in the area.