Arthur C. Clarke, 1917-2008

If you haven’t heard, science fiction writer Sir Arthur C. Clarke has passed away. As a teenager, his book CHILDHOOD’S END was one of my favorites. I never knew until recently that the Genesis song Watcher of the Skies was likely inspired by that book. This bit of lyrics from the song seems fitting today: […]

Science Fiction Is Mainstream; Genre Must Die?

Last week I found myself in a discussion about the stigma of Science Fiction/Fantasy being the realm of nerdy males only. I think that the genre is changing and continuing to describe SF/F as a nerdy-male-only interest pretty much guarantees that the general public will continue to see it this way. I cited Carol Pinchefsky’s […]

My Top Five Favorite Science Fiction Novelists

I attempted to lump Science Fiction and Fantasy together into one uber-genre, but quickly discovered that there was no way I could choose only five novelists across both subject areas. Also, to give someone else a chance on these short lists, let’s say that Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke and J.R.R. Tolkein are givens. Science […]

Which Science Fiction Writer Are You?

Um, WOW. Hat-tip: Razib. I noticed the test accounted for female science fiction fans/writers. (I hope Razib is laughing.) I am: William Gibson The chief instigator of the “cyberpunk” wave of the 1980s, his razzle-dazzle futuristic intrigues were, for a while, the most imitated work in science fiction. Which science fiction writer are you?