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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
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
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
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
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
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
Oracle
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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