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The Fantastic Ursula K. Le Guin - The New Yorker
"...she asked me, cautiously, “Wouldn’t you say that anybody who thought as much about balance as I do in my work probably felt some threat to their balance?” After a long pause, she added, “Of course all adolescents are out of balance, and very aware of it. To become adult can certainly feel like walking a high wire, can’t it? If my foot slips, I’m gone. I’m dead.”" Wonderful profile and interview with/of UKLG.
ursulaleguin  interview  writing  sf  fantasy  profile 
october 2016 by infovore
Melioration | Motherboard
Wonderful little story from Saxey about language, gender, and singular-they, although as with the best stories, it's all in the telling. Lots of good brain-tickles in here.
esaxey  writing  stories  fiction  sf  language 
june 2015 by infovore
The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere by John Chu | Tor.com
"The water that falls on you from nowhere when you lie is perfectly ordinary, but perfectly pure. True fact. I tested it myself when the water started falling a few weeks ago. Everyone on Earth did. Everyone with any sense of lab safety anyway. Never assume any liquid is just water. When you say “I always document my experiments as I go along,” enough water falls to test, but not so much that you have to mop up the lab. Which lie doesn’t matter. The liquid tests as distilled water every time." A truly lovely short story from John Chu.
fiction  sf  shortstory 
september 2014 by infovore
Arcfinity - We're reading BARRICADE by Jon Wallace
"There’s a general principle of book reviewing, set out originally by, I believe, Cyril Connolly. He advised reviewers that they should write for the reader when reviewing a book they like, but if they dislike it they should address the author instead. This creates a distinction between a public recommendation, which pleases the author and possibly makes readers interested, and a more personal discourse intended for the author, but which is likely to be discouraging and disappointing... Well then, Mr Wallace, what are we to say to each other in this semi-public place?" Oh boy. Christopher Priest really hated this book (and his argument seems reasonable, to be honest.)
sf  writing  criticism  christopherpriest 
june 2014 by infovore
The True Literature of California Is Science Fiction
Enjoyed this a lot: Kim Stanley Robinson on California, SF, and the relationship between the two. For me, timely.
california  fiction  sf  kimstanleyrobinson  futures 
may 2014 by infovore
There Will Come Soft Rains - Ray Bradbury
Sixty years earlier, a precursor to Warren Ellis' _Lich House_. The terrors of the future are not those we have - the Cold War still looming large. But the depiction of the future is, whilst regimented and picket-fence-utopian... also charming. The childrens' bedroom, in particular, made me smile and want to visit; not nod knowingly at the cleverness. When we write stories about the future, it's important they're still stories.
raybradbury  fiction  sf  shortstory 
march 2014 by infovore
M John Harrison interviewed - infinity plus non-fiction
Rather good interview with MJH; covers lots of bases, carried out just before Light was published.
writing  interview  mjohnharrison  sf  fantasy  fiction 
october 2013 by infovore
The Kefahuchi Tract trilogy: A future without nostalgia
John Gray on M John Harrison - not just the Kefahuchi Tract trilogy, but also Viriconium and Climbers.
writing  sf  mjohnharrison  johngray 
october 2013 by infovore
Paris Review - The Art of Fiction No. 211, William Gibson
"Coming up with a word like neuromancer is something that would earn you a really fine vacation if you worked in an ad agency. It was a kind of booby-trapped portmanteau that contained considerable potential for cognitive dissonance, that pleasurable buzz of feeling slightly unsettled." There is so, so much in this interview, that quoting it feels somewhat futile. It's a really lovely thing piece, that goes far beyond cyberpunk, and delves deep into Gibson's writing and history. There are at least five meaty quotes I wanted to yank; it's worth reading and rereading.
williamgibson  writing  literature  interview  sf 
july 2013 by infovore
Holy Cows | Christopher Priest, author
An excellent post by Priest on lists, and canons, and why you sometimes share your own. Also, strikingly, so much of this is the sf I have grown to love as an adult - the Le Guin, the Pohl, the Dick, and especially the Roberts. You make the list to stop it becoming sacred.
sf  books  lists  christopherpriest 
february 2013 by infovore
Read Ken Liu's amazing story that swept the Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy Awards
"A little paper tiger stood on the table, the size of two fists placed together. The skin of the tiger was the pattern on the wrapping paper, white background with red candy canes and green Christmas trees.

I reached out to Mom's creation. Its tail twitched, and it pounced playfully at my finger. "Rawrr-sa," it growled, the sound somewhere between a cat and rustling newspapers."

Ken Liu's "The Paper Menagerie" is just a lovely short story. Sad, deft, minimal, very much worth your time. Might have had a little sniffle.
sf  shortstory  kenliu 
november 2012 by infovore
The City from the Valley, 2012 | Stamen Design
"That's when we realized how big this was, and that we'd need outside help. We enlisted people to go to stops, measure traffic and count people getting off and on and we hired bike messengers to see where the buses went. The cyclists used Field Papers to transcribe the various routes and what they found out, which we recompiled back into a database of trips, stops, companies and frequency. At a rough estimate, these shuttles transport about 40% of the amount of passengers Caltrain moves each day." This is brilliant.
stamen  transit  maps  sf  siliconvalley 
september 2012 by infovore
[Noisebridge-discuss] update on the shrine!
"So, as some of you may know, the old shrine got re-activated as a working shrine a few days ago, and the Church classroom cleared away for meditation and contemplation, led by Fa Zang (Rinpoche), the guy in the buddhist monk robe who has been doing a lot of sewing in the craft area recently." I love mailing lists. And this is a remarkable post.
mailinglists  noisebridge  sf  hackers  geeks  buddhists  funny 
december 2011 by infovore
Ursula K. Le Guin | VICE
An unexpected place for a Le Guin interview, but it's great nontheless.
ursulaleguin  books  fiction  sf  writing 
october 2011 by infovore
Short story: Covehithe by China Miéville | Books | guardian.co.uk
Marvellous. Can't say any more - you need to read this (very) short story - but it's really, really lovely: shivers down the spine, and something heartwarming, all at once. And: set in a slightly magical part of the world.
books  chinamieville  writing  fiction  shortfiction  sf 
july 2011 by infovore
John Wyndham: The unread bestseller | Books | guardian.co.uk
"It's true that Wyndham's preference is for no-nonsense, brisk, wry narrators, and the horrors that visit the books can seem like opportunities to show off good old British pluck. But the books are surprisingly unheroic, and often (notably in the cases of Kraken and Triffids) peculiarly open-ended. And if you look closely, you begin to see that there's something very uncosy, persistently unsettling, about these books, that continues to ask profound questions about the limits of our culture and the foundations of the post-war world."
sciencefiction  writing  johnwyndham  sf 
december 2010 by infovore
The Future Is A Blank Canvas Pinned To A Brick Wall « Matthew Sheret.com
"We access that history with tools that were, almost entirely, the props of science fiction my parents might have encountered – if they read it. My phone is my sonic screwdriver, the internet my TARDIS; these are the tools with which I unlock and manipulate time."
future  sf  design  writing  mattsheret  history 
october 2010 by infovore
Good Show Sir - Only the worst Sci-fi/Fantasy book covers
Solid illustration comedy gold, mainly from the 70s and 80s.
scifi  sf  fantasy  books  covers  ohdear  terrible 
april 2010 by infovore
They're Made Out Of Meat
"You're not understanding, are you? You're refusing to deal with what I'm telling you. The brain does the thinking. The meat."
writing  shortstory  sf  meat  via:tomc 
february 2010 by infovore
Hilobrow | Middlebrow is not the solution
"Dreamed up by American and European SF writers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries — at a time when Lamarckian evolutionary philosophy, which posits a tendency for organisms to become more perfect as they evolve (because such change is needed or wanted, e.g., by “life”), remained popular — many of the first fictional supermen were portrayed by their creators as examples of a more perfect species towards which humankind has supposedly long aimed. Radium-Age superman was, that is to say, homo superior, an evolved human whose superiority was mental, physical, or both." Lovely essay; a nice bit of SF history (and originally published on IO9, I believe).
olafstapledon  fiction  sf  homosuperior  supermen  sciencefiction 
january 2010 by infovore
SF0
"SFZero is a Collaborative Production Game. Players build characters by completing tasks for their groups and increasing their Score. The goals of play include meeting new people, exploring the city, and participating in non-consumer leisure activities."
games  play  art  sf  cities  urban  open  collaboration  sanfrancisco  sf0 
february 2009 by infovore
Abyss & Apex : Fourth Quarter 2007: Wikihistory
"Take it easy on the kid, SilverFox316; everybody kills Hitler on their first trip. I did. It always gets fixed within a few minutes, what's the harm?"
writing  history  fiction  sf  timetravel 
january 2009 by infovore
paulhammond.org: Minimuni
"As the about page says, if you live exactly 6 minutes from Sunset Tunnel East Portal, 8 minutes from Duboce and Church, and 10 minutes from Church Station you may find it useful too." Bespoke tools for yourself that might happen to be useful to others. I like this a lot.
travel  muni  sf  web  application  timetable  personal  situated  software 
december 2008 by infovore
An Alternate History of Chinese Science Fiction - No Fear of the Future
Quite remarkable; alternate-history of SF as if it were all written by Chinese authors. Inventive, witty, deft.
scifi  sf  pseudohistory  china  alternatehistory  books 
may 2007 by infovore
New Statesman - Imaginary friends
"To conflate fantasy with immaturity is a rather sizeable error. Rational yet non-intellectual, moral yet inexplicit, symbolic not allegorical, fantasy is not primitive but primary." Ursula le Guin on fine form in the NS.
ursulaleguin  fantasy  sf  writing  fiction  literature  essay  criticism  children  reading 
december 2006 by infovore

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