andrewducker + sf   82

Why we are unlikely to ever leave the solar system
Charlie Stross runs through some figures and tells you why space flight isn't likely...ever.
science  technology  charlesstross  space  physics  SF  future 
june 2011 by andrewducker
2010 Monolith Appears in Denver
All these worlds are yours except Europa. Attempt no landings there.
2010  ArthurCClarke  sf 
january 2010 by andrewducker
How I got out of writing an essay on HG Well's The Time Machine
Funny little bit of SF. Funnier if you've read/seen The Time Machine.
sf  HGWells  timetravel  funny  fiction  story 
august 2009 by andrewducker
Charlie Stross' non-writing autobiography
A fascinating read, of how Charlie Stross lived through the DotComBubble and got numerous ideas for science-fiction from it. I've thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
biography  sf  writing 
july 2009 by andrewducker
Evil Robot Monkey
A lovely little sad story. Well worth 5 minutes of your time.
story  sf  free  fiction  scifi  hugo 
june 2009 by andrewducker
26 Monkeys, Also The Abyss
A delightful short story. Full of mystery and life. Also monkeys.
story  sf  writing  fantasy  fiction  funny 
june 2009 by andrewducker
Alistair Baffle's Emporium of Wonders
A Mike Resnick short story. That manages to read like a holdover from 1950s SF, but seems somehow much more modern. Recommended.
sf  short_story 
april 2009 by andrewducker
Retro-Futuristic Anti-Dystopias: I Miss Them
The Infamouse Brad wants to see some good people dealing with problems in a sane and rational way. Why don't we get more of this?
sf  scifi  writing 
march 2009 by andrewducker
Who Needs A Hero?
A fantastic piece on race and role models. Takes a starting point and then works in the realisations that lead to a completely different view. Very nicely done.
sf  drwho  race 
march 2009 by andrewducker
Question 2
What should go on a Top Ten "In retrospect, what the hell were we thinking" list of once-popular SF?
march 2009 by andrewducker
Houseplants of Gor
If you find this funny then you have almost certainly read too many novels that you shouldn't have done
funny  sf  Gor 
march 2009 by andrewducker
Dare you see...Alien Trespass?
R.W. Goodwin—a former producer, writer and director on The X-Files—has taken his love for 1950s sci-fi films and invested it into Alien Trespass, an independent movie made as if it were a rediscovered remnant from the Red Scare glory days.

Goodwin produced and directed Alien Trespass, which is set in 1957 and begins when a fiery object from space crashes into a mountaintop in the California desert. Out of the flying saucer escapes a murderous creature: the Ghota, which is bent on destroying all life forms on the planet. A benevolent alien from the spaceship, Urp, inhabits the body of Ted Lewis (Eric McCormack), a local astronomer, who with the help of Tammy (Jenni Baird), a waitress from the local diner, sets out to save mankind.
sf  movies  pulp 
january 2009 by andrewducker
Science fiction special
New Scientist interviews some writers on the future of SF, does a few polls and reviews a few books.
sf  reviews 
november 2008 by andrewducker
Turning finance into science fiction
What if any financial software smart enough to make money was also smart enough to become self-aware. What if the financial crash was a strike against Skynet? Very nice piece of flash-fiction.
fiction  sf  finance  economics 
october 2008 by andrewducker
The Return of/Birth of the Fantasy Genre in the US
Fascinating discussion. Well worth a read if you're interested in Fantasy/SF
fantasy  writing  SF 
september 2008 by andrewducker
Neal Stephenson on the differences between SF fans and others
People who do read science fiction and fantasy can pick up a book and begin reading it, and it will have all of these words that they have not seen before and names that they are not familiar with, and it's set in a world whose geography they don't know and whose customs they don't know--and it can be a bit hard to follow at first, but those kinds of people know that if they just keep reading and are patient, over time all of that will be explained. And doing that is actually part of the pleasure of reading such a book.

People who don't habitually read fantasy and science fiction find it a bit off-putting. I noticed very early when people were reading early drafts of this book that the ones who were habitual science fiction and fantasy readers blew through it with no trouble, and the ones who weren't frequently said, "I would like a glossary. I'd [kike] a timeline. I'd like a map. I'd like more explanation of the background of this world."
SF  NealStephenson  writing 
august 2008 by andrewducker
Musings on Changes in SF literature
Particularly the length and complexity of novels. Have they really changed that much?
sf  writing 
august 2008 by andrewducker
Forgotten Literary Greats: "Cracked Copy" by Bruce Gibson
A fantastic pastiche/pisstake (pisstiche? Pastake?) of Neuromancer, now we actually live there...
books  satire  sf 
may 2008 by andrewducker
Doctor Who guru Davies steps down
Much more importantly - Steven Moffat taking over! Woohoo!
drwho  TV  Sf 
may 2008 by andrewducker
Short story; "Final Exam"...
And a very fine short story it is too. Worth three minutes of your time.
SF  short_story  work 
may 2008 by andrewducker
Something Awful Warhammer 40,000 Interview Special
Very very funny if you've everplayed WH40k (and pretty funny even if you haven't)
funny  warhammer  gaming  sf 
april 2008 by andrewducker
Hyperion Cantos to be made into a movie
One. Two sodding books, with a twisty turny complex plot, and they're going to make it a movie. Should be an 8 part TV series if you ask me...
movies  books  DanSimmons  Hyperion  SF 
april 2008 by andrewducker
Missives from Possible Futures #1: Alternate History Search Results by John Scalzi
Funny and well written series of alternate histories. Well worth a read.
funny  scifi  sf  writing  story 
march 2008 by andrewducker
Transhumanism: The Most Dangerous Idea?
Reason article on Transhumanism. Interesting stuff - albeit three years old now
transhumanism  sf  technology  future 
november 2007 by andrewducker
SF Magazines: Some Fudged Numbers by Warren Ellis
New post about the numbers that are selling, and the kind of budgets that leaves them with
capitalism  magazines  sales  SF  fandom  WarrenEllis 
october 2007 by andrewducker
Resting in Pieces: An Alternate-Universe Obituary
Does, in fact, what I love best about SF - talk about the road not travelled and hold a distorting mirror up to our own lives. Not that this piece is that deep, I just like it
SF  biography  obituary 
october 2007 by andrewducker
BBC reveals Doctor Who 'gap year'
And there was much, well, imitation of headless chickens
DrWho  TV  SF 
september 2007 by andrewducker
Unpacking the Zeitgeist
Charles Stross attempts to explain modern life to someone from 1977. Future Shock sets in.
WorldOfWarcraft  computers  economics  funny  future  science  SF  technology  Internet 
july 2007 by andrewducker
Been looking for this for _ages_. A writeup of the talk at the 1999 Minicon on how "fan" conversation styles differ from "normal" ones. Earliest precursor to the "Geeks=Aspergers" discussion that I've seen.
autism  SF  fandom  geek  intelligence  psychology  brain 
july 2007 by andrewducker
Doctor Who: the rankings
Following a whole load of "Good or Bad?" polls (on an episode by episode basis), the results are in.
DrWho  SF 
july 2007 by andrewducker
Facebook | Davros
Yup - Davros now has a facebook. And it's great!
Davros  Daleks  DrWho  funny  sf  facebook 
june 2007 by andrewducker
The Nature of the infection
Neil Gaiman talks about being infected by Dr Who at an early age, and the effect it had on his writing
DoctorWho  neilgaiman  SF  tv  writing  culture 
may 2007 by andrewducker
Charles Stross: Shaping the future
A brief look at the future, memory storage, lifelogging, and where we're all headed. Fascinating as usual.
CharlesStross  culture  future  history  predictions  science  SF  Singularity  society  sociology  technology 
may 2007 by andrewducker
Terminator-style flying-HK killbots join US, UK forces
I, for one, welcome our new James-Cameron-led mechanical overlords
technology  future  military  sf 
may 2007 by andrewducker
Best Shoestring Sci-Fi of 2006
SF movies made on almost no budget, but with interesting ideas
movies  sf 
december 2006 by andrewducker
Very Short Stories
A load of 6 word short SF stories
funny  SF  writing  language 
october 2006 by andrewducker
Starship Stormtroopers
Michael Moorcock's splendid diatribe on the reactionary nature of most SF
books  culture  fiction  SF  politics  writing 
october 2006 by andrewducker
Why Puppet Masters was such a terrible film
One of the screenwriters talks about how it went from book to film, and all the wrong turns it made.
movies  books  sf  heinlein 
september 2006 by andrewducker
Twist Endings
A list of spoof ones. You may recognise one or two...
funny  SF  books 
august 2006 by andrewducker
Inbox by Douglas Rushkoff
A story of sex in the near future year of 2033. Short and well worth a read.
sex  future  science  SF  fiction 
july 2006 by andrewducker
cory doctorow visits a radio shack
Web 3.0-tastic! (Note: Only funny if you know who Cory Doctorow is)
CoryDoctorow  funny  geekery  geek  satire  SF  web2.0 
june 2006 by andrewducker
Romance of the Jedi
Takes scenes from Revenge of the Sith and turns it into a particularly slashy trailer. Rather funny.
movie  slash  star_wars  sf  funny 
december 2005 by andrewducker
The Cold Equations Of Spaceflight
Or: Why getting into space is really hard, and isn't going to get cheap any time soon
space  sf  economics 
october 2005 by andrewducker
A speech therapist at an SF convention gives a talk about what she's observed
Fascinating stuff, highlighting how fans (in general) socialise differently to non-fans. Lots of things mentioned that I'd noticed about geek traits.
fandom  speech  SF  geek  autism 
august 2005 by andrewducker
Aronofsky talks about The Fountain
I've been looking forward to his new films for _years_ now, and seeing one of my favourite directors go SF is a real treat
movies  SF  aronofsky 
july 2005 by andrewducker
The Religious Experience of Philip K. Dick
It is an interesting graphic interpretation of a series of events which happened to Dick in March of 1974. He spent the remaining years of his life trying to figure out what happened in those fateful months.
comic  psychology  SF  drugs  pkd 
july 2005 by andrewducker
We can get them for you wholesale
One of my favourite Neil Gaiman short stories, available for free for the next month.
fiction  free  SF  NeilGaiman 
july 2005 by andrewducker
So they've gone and killed "Star Trek." And it's about time.
Orson Scott Card talks about Trek and SF. And why he's glad Star Trek is gone
StarTrek  OrsonScottCard  SF  TV 
may 2005 by andrewducker
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