The Peyti Crisis: Rusch deftly manages to handle a large cast of characters without missing a beat
Rusch pulls off another taught thriller with A Murder of Clones.
Science Fiction meets the Private Eye in KK Rusch’s Anniversary Day saga.
In this week’s viewing: Swords, sorcery, sufficiently advanced technology, and more!
Coming soon: A bevy of sword-slinging princesses and knights, plus Astrid Lindgren! Yes, we are talking about Japanese TV…
Upon release in 2002 the film Minority Report, nominally based on a story by Philip K. Dick, received almost universally ecstatic reviews. I was among the minority of dissenting voices, and what follows, my minority retort
Down these mean streets a cyborg must go…
Go from an orbiting space habitat to a world of demons and telepaths…
Was it Colonel Mustard in the arboretum with the steam shovel? Steve participates in a steampunk murder mystery evening.
Felicity Savage recommends some SFF classics for your reading pleasure on Christmas.
Almost HUman is a new fave.
Countdown City By Ben H. Winters Quirk Books 2013 The world is still going to end. That’s the reality facing former Concord, NH, police detective Hank Palace as Countdown City, the second book in Ben Winters’ Last Policemen trilogy, opens. Still going to end because Maia, a 6.5-km-wide asteroid discovered by scientists prior to the […]
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 […]
Police procedurals are a complicated genre to explore because they intersect so fluidly with so many other genres. On the one hand, they solidly rest within the mystery tradition: there is a crime that needs investigation, there is typically a primary hero (investigator) and a villain, and over the course of the story the hero […]
I remember being uncomfortable about the “psionics” in Dungeons and Dragons back when I was a kid. Psychic powers seemed more appropriate in science fiction than fantasy. I mean, we had Mr. Spock’s mind meld in Star Trek, Jedi mind tricks in Star Wars, and telepathy in X-Men. Fantasy was for, well, dungeons and dragons, […]
My final (for now) look into SF detectives brings me to the classic SF novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick. Most people know of this novel as the basis of Ridley Scott’s 1982 film Blade Runner. Upon reading the novel, however, you quickly learn how little the two works have to do with […]
Speculative fiction’s ability to stay fresh is a direct result of its ability to blend with other genres: the mash-up, the hybrid, the literary crossroad are where science fiction has always found innovation. We’re a magpie genre, and I think that should be celebrated and explored.