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LoneStarCon 3 Photos

With my schedule pressing in on me from all sides, I decided this was a good time to share some more photos from the 71st Worldcon. LoneStarCon 3 was filled with amazing fans and dazzling stars. All photos were taken by Shawn McConnell. Hope you enjoy these LoneStarCon 3 photos.

Review: Starship Century

Starship Century is a book that needs to be read. It is a sad state of affairs when we need to be discussing the importance of space exploration. Yet here we are, pleading to the masses for what should be the obvious. Why go to the stars? – Because if we don’t, who will?

Crossroads: Speculative Devices in Police Procedurals

Character, Context, and Procedure: The Cores of the Police Procedural One can’t analyze science fiction and fantasy without running into certain words over and over again: World-building. Sense of wonder. Neologism. Cognitive estrangement. Novum. These terms crop up time and time again because they are narrative techniques and modes of reader experience which – to […]

From the In Box 4/18/13

StarShipSofa LiveCast KGB Reading Angry Robot’s Strange Chemistry Signs Sarah Raughley Via Facebook: the accented Tony C reminds us that – Live Online In Video: An Audience with SF legends… Larry Niven – Jerry Pournelle – Gregory Benford – this Sunday 18:00 – 19:30 BST ~~~ And the multi-genred Ellen reminds us that – FANTASTIC […]

Amazing News, Thursday, March 28th 2013

NOTE: Unless otherwise noted, articles linked to here are sourced from SF Signal and File 770. One of my all-time heroes gets a “non-action” figure all to himself.  Forrest J. Ackerman, Science Fiction’s #1 Fan, Dr. Akula, the Amazing 4E, author, editor, agent and (unfortunate) creator of the SciFi acronym, Mr. SciFi himself now has […]

Book Review: Bowl of Heaven by Gregory Benford and Larry Niven

Bowl of Heaven – Gregory Benford and Larry Niven Tor – 2012 978-0765328410 (Hardbound) This is the first collaboration between two of our major writers, Gregory Benford and Larry Niven. Bowl of Heaven is about a human expedition in a ram-scoop ship to a nearby habitable world named Glory. About half way in the decades-long […]

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 of tools works alongside the themes, styles, and plot structures of noir?