William Gibson

William Gibson’s formulae for success: No rayguns.

Not long ago I started rereading the Moon is  a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein.  It’s an interesting book, but the thing that really struck me when I read it was the startling amount of exposition.  Exposition is the portion of the story that intr... Read More »

When You Shouldn’t Read John Scalzi

When You Shouldn’t Read John Scalzi

Like many readers, I became a fan of John Scalzi after reading his Old Man’s War. It’s a wonderful book and it led me on to his others. I’ve now read most of his novels and even had the pleasure of writing the introduction to a coll... Read More »

Crossroads: A Genre Darkly

World-building, extrapolation, analogy, conceptual breakthrough, thought experiment - these are science fiction's basic methods. Other genres might occasionally borrow them, but SF has sharpened them to a razor's edge. So what happens when this set o... Read More »

The Sky Tree: Upon the Shoulders of Shopping Mall Proprietors

The Sky Tree: Upon the Shoulders of Shopping Mall Proprietors

Who stole the future and put a shopping mall in its place? The tallest freestanding tower in the world dominates the Tokyo skyline, but falls far short of touching the stars. Read More »

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