From “Drought Town” to “Blue Karma”: 25 Years of Cli-Fi

Last month, book blogger Alex at ScribblesAndStories posted a delightful retrospective of her childhood writing projects. Her unflinching but affectionate review hits all the classic points in a writer’s early evolution, from those first forays into fiction starring ourselves and our friends, to the imitative works inspired by a favorite story, to the more deliberate … Continue reading From “Drought Town” to “Blue Karma”: 25 Years of Cli-Fi

In-Flight Entertainment: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Stories

Epiphany struck me 35,000 over Chicago. Dimmed lights in the plane cabin made my laptop screen glow conspicuously on the tiny tray table, an invitation to judge over my shoulder, but I didn’t have time for self-consciousness. I had revisions to finish. Faced with a cross-country business trip, I’d assigned myself a travel project of … Continue reading In-Flight Entertainment: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Stories

Do Androcentrists Dream of Electric Wombs? A Movie Review of “Blade Runner 2049”

I recently undertook a campaign to study more canon science fiction classics, such as Philip K. Dick's story “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”, inspiration the iconic movie “Blade Runner”. Although I enjoyed some of the concepts, the dated portrayals of women in both versions rankled me. Thus the early trailers for Blade Runner 2049 … Continue reading Do Androcentrists Dream of Electric Wombs? A Movie Review of “Blade Runner 2049”

Book Review: “Children of Time”

“Well, now I’m going to have nightmares,” said my Laddie mildly, without taking his eyes from his Kindle. I glanced across the pillow at him. “Why?” “Because this book has giant spiders…and they’re better characters than the humans.” Adrian Tchaikovsky's Children of Time will make even arachnophobes rethink their prejudices. Without spoiling too much of the … Continue reading Book Review: “Children of Time”