William Gibson

A Fan’s History, Episode 12: More Fanspeak

A Fan’s History, Episode 12: More Fanspeak

What the heck is a “slanshack”? Read More »

IT’S (NOT) ROCKET SCIENCE: Does Science Fiction Matter?

IT’S (NOT) ROCKET SCIENCE: Does Science Fiction Matter?

It sure does to me.  It’s the reason I worked on Apollo. When President John F. Kennedy gave his “We choose to go to the Moon” speech at Rice University in Houston, Texas in September of 1962, he offered us a reason: “Because that goal will se... Read More »

FUTUGRAMMA: Un continente escribiendo sus propios futuros

FUTUGRAMMA es un espacio que se plantea la relación entre la escritura y el devenir del cosmos desde nuestra situación como latinoamericanos. También es un lugar para discutir sobre Ciencia Ficción, desde que nadie tiene la verdad absoluta sobre el g... Read More »

Against the Boycott of Ender’s Game

Against the Boycott of Ender’s Game

When I returned to reading science fiction as adult I discovered a whole new generation of authors:Greg Bear, David Brin, William Gibson, Octavia E. Butler, and Orson Scott Card. In each case I would read a recommended book and enjoy it so much IR... Read More »

Review: The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling

Review: The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling

I can’t think of a better novel to start my exploration of steampunk then The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling. This award-winning novel, written by two controversial authors has been on my radar for a long time, but for w... Read More »

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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