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.
"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.
When we can't think our way out of it, that is.
A blueprint for how to do the impossible -- namely, follow up a classic: give it to another artist of vision and stand back.
How to seek out stories that intelligently confront the moral complexity of the 21st century.
And how we might be able to write about it.
Why SF&F have something to teach us even when it isn't "real".
Why I wasn't going to do post-apoc, or apoc-in-general, stories -- yes, even long before COVID-19 came along.
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 point isn't to run away from what's around you, but to see something new despite it.
SF and fantasy both have shelf lives, but drastically different kinds.
On adapting Phil Dick's work to film and TV, and why this most unfilmable of authors has been filmed so much.
ON SF exhaustion, and the point of believing in tomorrow.
What you do and don't owe a reader.
On constraints as creative impetuses, and the fallacies that arise therein.
AO3's Hugo: a sign of progress.
On how SF tries to imagine the future, and how that needs to be more than uplift or doomsaying.
My good friend Steve Savage has his first novel out. Go grab it.
Getting caught up, and some notes on criticism from days past.
One of the things I always hated about myself was how I was, in theory, supposed to be this gigantic SF nerd, and as it turns out I really wasn't.
The overwhelming majority of what I'm genuinely curious about reading has been nonfiction. I hate that.
Parting words, unfortunately.
On why books need to be written to be books, not film pitches-to-be.
"...you can a mash lot of orcs and unicorns and intergalactic wars together without actually imagining anything."
The greatest stories make us emotional standard-bearers, not just emotional recipients.
Science fiction, rebooted.
New York City
Other Lives Of The Mind