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"The Culture represents the place we might hope to get to" | MetaFilter
Mefi's discussion of the (previously linked) recently published interview with Iain M Banks (RIP). It's good.
metafilter  iain-m-banks  culture  sci-fi  sf  science-fiction  discussion 
november 2014 by pw201
The Story of Your Life by Ted Chiang
Ted Chiang's short about memory, time and loss. It's also an alien first contact story.
heptapod  story  science-fiction  time  ted-chiang  sci-fi  language  first-contact  memory 
october 2013 by pw201
The SCP Foundation
Descriptions of strange and horrifying objects being held by a secret organisation. If you liked Stross's Laundry stuff, you might like this. Time sink warning, there are lots of them. Looks like it's a collaboration using a wiki.
lovecraft  sci-fi  wiki  science-fiction  horror 
november 2012 by pw201
The Man With No Name Chapter 1: Oncoming Storm, a Doctor Who + Firefly Crossover fanfic | FanFiction
Doctor Who / Firefly crossover fanfiction. Quite sweet, though doesn't have the voices down perfectly.
sci-fi  science-fiction  fanfiction  river  fanfic  crossover  doctorwho  firefly 
july 2012 by pw201
Prometheus (2012) – Calvinball Mythology and the Void of Meaning « Ruthless Culture
Prometheus was crap because it was trying to be like real life where stuff just happens, rather than like a story. Perhaps.
sci-fi  sf  science-fiction  narrative  calvinball  metanarrative  prometheus  entertainment  myth  film 
june 2012 by pw201
Twilight: The Use of Sparkle
If Iain M. Banks had written Twilight. Funny, even though I've never read/seen any Twilight.
parody  twilight  iain-m-banks  sf  science-fiction  sci-fi  culture  books 
january 2012 by pw201
Strange Horizons Fiction: Tomorrow is Waiting, by Holli Mintzer
A short science fiction story about the Muppets. Heartwarming stuff. Via Sumana.
sci-fi  science-fiction  muppets  ai 
november 2011 by pw201
TTA Press - Interzone: Science Fiction & Fantasy - Crystal Nights by Greg Egan
An Egan short story I'd not seen before. "You know what they say the modern version of Pascal’s Wager is? Sucking up to as many Transhumanists as possible, just in case one of them turns into God". Nice.
sci-fi  ai  sf  science  scifi  fiction  egan  artificial-intelligence  greg-egan 
august 2010 by pw201
Seems to make sense. Obviously, contains huge spoilers. Via Penny Arcade.
inception  film  movie  science-fiction  sci-fi  dreams 
august 2010 by pw201
YouTube - Hot in herre (Herr Kaschke Hal64 Remix)
"It's getting hot in here" mixed with 2001: A Space Odyssey.
music  funny  2001  sci-fi  science-fiction 
august 2010 by pw201
Strange Horizons Fiction Department: Stories We've Seen Too Often
Strange Horizons lists SF plots they don't want to see because they see them so often.
writing  scifi  sci-fi  sf  science-fiction  plots  funny  literature  books 
january 2010 by pw201
PRISMs, Gom Jabbars, and Consciousness
Peter Watts talks about a paper which claims consciousness arose out of the need to chose between conflicting motor impulses.
consciousness  science  scifi  sci-fi  peter-watts 
october 2009 by pw201
On Thud and Blunder
Poul Anderson on how fantasy writing should make some efforts towards realism.
writing  fantasy  history  SF  scifi  rpg  sci-fi  culture  poul-anderson  criticism  fiction 
june 2009 by pw201
Neal Stephenson, Anathem (2008)
A review of Anathem, with its own glossary. Fun.
funny  scifi  sci-fi  books  review  anathem  neal-stephenson 
february 2009 by pw201
The Well-Tempered Plot Device: Nick Lowe
or "Clench Racing: How to derive pleasure from Stephen Donaldson books". Actually, I quite liked "The Mirror of Her Dreams".
analysis  books  funny  sci-fi  science  scifi  fantasy  writing  SF  stephen-donaldson  clench  cliche  plot  humour 
april 2008 by pw201
YouTube - A NEW POPE
Adam of Adam and Joe gives a new slant on the inauguration of a new Pope.
funny  humour  religion  sci-fi  video  pope  starwars 
may 2007 by pw201
Greg Egan short where fictionalised Alan Turing meets C.S. Lewis
egan  lewis  turing  ai  physics  sci-fi  sf 
february 2007 by pw201

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