Recent posts tagged Science Fiction Repair Shop


2021


An Amiable Chaos

How science fiction and fantasy stories live and die by their technical details, for both better and worse.

2020


The Function Of Fantasy, As Per Lynda Barry

Fantasy can be used as a distraction, but its job is to give us new ways to look at what's around us every day,

The Seven Deadly Sins, Over And Over Again

On a narrow, reductionist view of fiction (and not a very good one, for that reason).

Now Is All You Got

A reason why I haven't written any time travel stories: I don't think time exists. At least, not in the sense of something we can travel through.

Suddenly, It's All Science Fiction

If I didn't feel before like I was living in a science fiction novel, this year sure clinched that feeling. But not for the reasons you might think.

A Dream That Lasts Longer Than The Night

"How come it is easier for us to imagine the end of the world than a modest change in our economic order?" Let me take a crack at this, including how it relates to SF.

Maybe We Can Dream Our Way Out Of It

When we can't think our way out of it, that is.

Blade Runner 2049

A blueprint for how to do the impossible -- namely, follow up a classic: give it to another artist of vision and stand back.

Stories Of The New Weird Normal

How to seek out stories that intelligently confront the moral complexity of the 21st century.

Ticking Some Boxes

Things SF&F need to do, in no particular order.

Future Schlock, Pt. 2

More on how SF's main purpose isn't to predict the coming of specific things, but to understand how we might respond to them, whatever they are.

The Unplanned Obsolescence Of Our Dreams

SF and fantasy both have shelf lives, but drastically different kinds.

2019


A Cure For The No Future Blues

ON SF exhaustion, and the point of believing in tomorrow.

Hugo, Hugoing, Hugoforit

AO3's Hugo: a sign of progress.

2017


Justice League Repair Shop

Why was 'Justice League' only okay instead of epic? How could it have been made epic? Here's my plan.

I've Seen Things You People Wouldn't Believe!

On 'Blade Runner 2049': All these moments in time must be kept, like tears from the rain.

Changing It Up

Take a book that's not SF. Imagine it as SF. What would it be like?

Non SF&F Writing For SF&F Authors

Last updated: 2017/05/19

2015


Wake Up, Force! Dept.

It's 1977 all over again, sort of.

A Better Tomorrow Dept.

"We expect more change than actually happens in the future because we imagine our lives have changed more than they actually have."

Predestination

How did this astonishing little miracle of a movie -- easily the best adaptation of Robert A. Heinlein's work to film yet -- pass without leaving so much as a ripple?

Bigger Is Not Better Dept.

We've got to put a stop to these doorstoppers.

The Nut Job Dept.

SF's sparks of crazy in the '60s and '70s were a market condition, not an innovation.

Mudpie Trebuchet Dept.

Breitbart flings mud at SF's power structure, soils own shirt. More at 11.

Gendergapped Dept.

Can gaming's great women characters be written by men? | Polygon ... writers are required to create convincing characters who are different from themselves. But in video games, writers have tended towards idealized versions of themselves. I take this as...


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