Posts Tagged ‘science fiction’


The Hugo Award is a rocketship, to indicate the importance of rocketry or something, I don’t know

(Okay friends!  We are trying to get back to some regularly-scheduled programming, now that this nonsense with the baby has settled down somewhat.  To reward you all for your patience, I’m starting on with some inside baseball horseshit about an obscure conflict deep in the nerdliest bowels of the science fiction & fantasy community.  Maybe this is what you read Threat Quality for!  Probably not!  Too bad!)

Today I would like to talk about this, a proposal for an award for SF storytelling, created by a guy named Jay Maynard, whom you probably (do not) know as “Tron Guy.” I do not think that this proposal, or the conflict that has engendered it, is particularly interesting or important in either the grand scheme of things or in the petit scheme of things, but puzzling over it has led me to some ideas that I have about the nature of criticism that I DO think are interesting, and so I’m going to write about it anyway.



Yesterday, I saw “Future Fest”, which is a Luna Theater production of short “science fiction plays”, themed around time travel (I guess, kind of?), which whole thing is part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. I haven’t been doing a lot of reviews of theater lately, for a lot of reasons, but I saw these plays and because they are plays performed in a theater, and because Luna Theater is selling tickets to them, and because it is a part of a cultural even that I, as a Philadelphian, am ostensibly meant to be interested in (“The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts”, which, I don’t know if that’s a festival of international arts? Or is the festival itself international? Whatever. The point is, it’s not a couple skits some cats were doing in their backyard just for the heck of it), I have decided to write about this.

We need to talk about these plays, guys.


So, maybe you’ve heard about this thing that happened at Penn State.  The media has suggested that Penn State is “enduring a sex scandal,” but I would argue that a more accurate description might be that Penn State was “complicit in a child-rape scandal.”  In any case, apparently a bunch of cats in the football program and the Penn State administration covered up some child rape that was going on, you know how it is.  A bunch of the students are rioting because some guy named Joe Paterno (hahah, doesn’t “paterno” mean “parent”?) got fired over it.


Still Betasked

Posted: November 17, 2010 in Braak
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Plus, it turns out that people pay money, sometimes, for the short critical writing that I like to do, so I am trying to sell some of it.  We’ll see how that goes!

In the meantime, check out this:

Paul diFillipo interviews Thomas M. Disch

Thomas M. Disch, now the late Thomas M. Disch, was a prolific science fiction, fantasy, and horror writer, in addition to being a poet and, perhaps most interestingly, a rigorous historian in the subject of SF literature.


Recently, Philip Marchand wrote a column for the National Post about how “fantasy” is “taking over” “science fiction.”  The original post is here, and I’m going to talk about it a little bit–though, now that I’ve looked further into the matter, I’m not altogether sure who Philip Marchand is, or why I, or anyone else, should be even remotely interested in what he’s got to say.

He does quote from Robert Sawyer, who is a known science-fiction author, so I guess that’s…something?  Anyway, the issue–the dividing line between fantasy and science fiction, is an interesting one, so let’s consider.