Just in time for Halloween: essays about Western films that make use of science fiction, horror or fantasy themes. 35 so far, more to come throughout October.
Connor's cell phone comes to life and accidentally breaks up his relationship with his girlfriend. It must then do everything a 'smart' phone can to get them back together. [more inside]
A fundamentally hopeful new genre, solarpunk envisions a future of green, sustainable energy used by societies that value inclusiveness, cooperation, and personal freedom. Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk and Eco-Speculation features A.C. Wise, Daniel José Older, Kristine Ong Muslim, Nisi Shawl, Lavie Tidhar, and others, all exploring solutions to environmental disasters. [more inside]
I didn't want to post about it earlier because it might have been construed as crowdfunding. I wrote a hard science fiction novel about a man who inadvertently gets duplicated while teleporting (the en vogue method of transport in the mid-22nd century). The book is called The Punch Escrow, and it won the Geek & Sundry hard sci-fi contest on Inkshares. It's getting published July 25 and the movie rights have been optioned by Lionsgate. [more inside]
For years and years, I’ve been collecting editions of the Annual World’s Best SF anthology series, which ran from 1972 to 1990. A couple of years ago I decided to commit to reading or rereading every single one of them, and to reviewing every single story in each of them on Goodreads. As of April 2017, I’ve gotten through 10 of them and reviewed a total of 107 stories. [more inside]
I've created a fun and hopefully good-looking new animated series set in space. There are three short episodes, and they're all in one video. Later episodes — assuming I'll have the time and inclination to keep going — will reveal that the mission for these astronauts is establishing a sports franchise in space, for television. But for now, dodging space rocks and worrying about avatars takes up most of their time. Enjoy! [more inside]
I and 3 friends, each with a different value of nerd cred, start recapping SyFy's TV series The Expanse. We are looking at each episode and talking about some of the background in the books that didn't make it into the show, looking at how human politics and society has changed (and stayed the same) as we colonize the solar system, and take apart the important details like what happened to that rat we see on the Canterbury in Episode 1. [more inside]
My first professionally published short story. It's about robots playing baseball. Well, sort of. But mostly it's about industrial espionage.
Released today, The Museum of All Things Awesome and That Go Boom is an anthology of science fiction featuring blunt force trauma, explosions, adventure, derring-do, tigers, Martians, zombies, fanged monsters, dinosaurs (alien and domestic), ray guns, rocket ships, and anthropomorphized marshmallows. [more inside]
A new pompous title from a parallel universe every weekday. Perfect for all your speculative fiction, knockoff Steam game, or prog-rock concept album titling needs. [more inside]
I've spent the last four and a half years making this comic. It's about a robot lady dragged outside of reality by her ex-boyfriend. She's got to pull herself together across four parallel worlds before a hive mind takes over the planet. It's finished now. And it's all free online. "Decrypting Rita is that rarest and most refreshing of things: a science–fiction story that feels like it comes from the future." - Phil Foglio "Deliriously confusing and addictive... It’s kind of wonderful." - Peter Watts "Very post-singularity, much upload, wow." - Charlie Stross [more inside]
A Twitter bot that randomly generates tiny space stories. [more inside]
A little sci-fi horror short story to enjoy poolside. TW: Death camps, climate change, video games. [more inside]
A little sidebar to my nearly-finished graphic novel, in which I celebrate the fact that marriage is finally a thing everyone in America can do regardless of whether or not their genitals match their partner's.
Some time back I read how if there was life in Jupiter's atmosphere, it might live on floating islands of congealed hydrocarbons. Next thing I knew, I was writing a serial novel (new posts on M, W, F) with that as a starting point. Of course once you get humans living in Jupiter's atmosphere, humans modified to have wings becomes a short next step.
#Additivism blurs the boundaries between art, engineering, science fiction, and digital aesthetics. It calls for critical, artistic, and speculative submissions to a Cookbook of radical ideas, to be released in Autumn 2015. [more inside]
My small press, Upper Rubber Boot Books, has just released the first nine titles in the Soles Series of Stories, which comprises standalone ebook short stories spanning the speculative fiction gamut, including science fiction, literary stories using SFnal tropes, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic, steampunk, slipstream, alternate history, utopian and dystopian, fantasy, and horror. [more inside]
What are the 100 objects that future historians will pick to define our 21st century? A javelin thrown by an enhanced Paralympian, far further than any normal human? Virtual reality interrogation equipment used by police forces? The world's most expensive glass of water, mined from the moons of Mars? Or desire modification drugs that fuel a brand new religion? [more inside]
It's a Twitter account that posts premises for hard sci-fi movies
About six months ago, a bunch of journalists (including myself) drunkenly decided we should stop moaning about the lack of good long-form writing in magazines about television and do something about it. Cult TV Times is the result. There you'll find both free content like Sir Mortimer Wheeler - Archeology's forgotten TV hero, and our very first official issue: CTVT #1: Mummy, Can Men Be Prime Ministers Too? - just £2 (about $3) for over 80 pages of content. [more inside]
Absurdist science fictional takes on such illustrious ephemeral film genres as the Nature Documentary, the Anti-Drug Film, the Pseudo-Educational Advertising Film, and the Ethical Afterschool Special, using a mixture of found and original footage.
A 5 minute scifi film. Two cops jump back in time to investigate a cold case. [more inside]
I wrote a book of 100 very (very) short stories. Each story is around 100 words. They're mostly all dark/strange/grim, but some of them are funny, too. I self published and released it this week. It's available as ebook, paperback or free PDF download and released under Creative Commons license.
Ken Cosgrove, everyone's favorite Accounts man on Mad Men, has a side career as an author with many pen names. The David Algonquin Wiki imagines a world where Ken's stories have become popular and well-remembered pieces of culture but the man himself is largely a mystery (Although Harlan Ellison is a fan). Wiki is open to anyone, with an attempt being made to write his stories round-robin style.
A generator for pulp sci-fi settings inspired by How to Host a Dungeon and the Dwarf Fortress world generator. You can view an animated description of the setting's evolution, pause at any time, and export a detailed description of the world as a text file. Direct Download (450 kB jar file). [more inside]
AEscifi has released its second annual podcast, this time featuring our favourite science fiction short stories from 2011. As always, everything is free and Creative Commons licensed. [more inside]
It's the third year running of my December science fiction book club. This year we're reading Edgar Rice Burroughs' A Princess of Mars. We're on tumblr (linked above), twitter, and facebook. The book is on Project Gutenberg, so it's totally free! Reading starts Thursday, December 1.
The Intergalactic Academy is a new blog specializing in sci-fi for teenagers. [more inside]
Recently, a couple of hundred teams in London were given 48 hours to write, shoot and edit a 5 minute science fiction film. This is our entry... what do you think? [more inside]
In conjunction with last year's Dunecember, I've started another classic sci-fi readalong club. This year, we're reading Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game. The main recaps will be posted on the afore-linked tumblr, with official tweets @dec_ender and twitter discussion at #decENDER. Ender's Game is a quick read, and the schedule starts today!
Science Fiction author Peter Watts has been mentioned on metafilter previously. Earlier this summer I had the opportunity to interview him and now, in the lead-up to him hopefully winning his first Hugo this weekend, that interview is available online (permalink).