Speculative Fiction (SF)

Science Fiction and Fantasy:


2018:



Pro- or Anti-Wittgensteinian SF: “Rogue Protocol” by Martha Wells
Stale Spin-off: “The Grey Bastards” by Jonathan French
Opposable Thumbs: “The Calculating Stars” by Mary Robinette Kowal
The-George-R-R-Martin-that-also-wrote-stuff-other-than-the-famigerated-GoT: “Tuf Voyaging” by George R. R. Martin
Epiphenomenal Consciousness: “Blindsight by Peter Watts
Ana and Kata: “Summerland” by Hannu Rajaniemi
SFional Lorentz Transformations: "Tau Zero" by Poul Anderson
C/Fe: "The Caves of Steel" by Isaac Asimov
Star-gazing SecUnits: “Artificial Condition - The MurderBot Diaries 2” by Martha Wells
Space Opera Made Simple: "Embers of War" by Gareth L. Powell
Femalessness SF: "Needle" by Hal Clement
Indistinguishable SF: "Nightflyers and Other Stories" by George R.R. Martin
Plebiscitum: “Disco Sour by Giuseppe Porcaro
Over-the-top World-Building: "The Hammer" by K. J. Parker
Non-Distinctive Narrative Voice: "All Systems Red" by Martha Wells
Gambler's Fallacy: "One Human Minute" by Stanislaw Lem
A Real Sense of Otherness: "Exit West" by Mohsin Hamid
SF-with-an-Agenda: "The Stars Are Legion" by Kameron Hurley
SF-of-a-Different-Persuasion: "James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon" by Julie Phillips
Urinating-on-the-corpse-SF: "The Prefect" by Alastair Reynolds
Mundane Fiction in Disguise: “The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet” by Becky Chambers
Walking Ahead into the Darkness: "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas" by Ursula K. Le Guin
We're Trillions of Light-Years from Home: "Lost in Space" (2018) by Netflix
milSF Without Story: "Ironclads" by Adrian Tchaikovsky
The Man Flu: "Five to Twelve" by Edmund Cooper
Workmanlike Prose: "Rendezvous with Rama" by Arthur C. Clarke
Eigen-stuff Applied to Buridan's Ass: “Dichronauts” by Greg Egan
Borzage Silent: "The Shape of Water" by Guillermo Del Toro
Space 1999 Reboot: "Interstellar" by Christopher Nolan
Mushroom Ghosts: "Star Trek: Discovery" by Bryan Fuller, Alex Kurtzman
Tickboxing Screen SF: "Altered Carbon" by Laeta Kalogridis
The Endless Loops of Space Opera: "The Last Jedi" by Rian Johnson


2017:


The Smallnesses of War: "The Two of Swords, 3 volumes" by K.J. Parker
Non-canonical SF author: “The Culture Series of Iain M. Banks - A Critical Introduction” by Simone Caroti
Frazzled Frenzy SF: "The Stand - The Complete & Uncut Edition" by Stephen King
Pax Americana: "Double Star" by Robert A. Heinlein
Who am I?: "A Scanner Darkly" by Philip K. Dick
On How to Spin a Top-Notch Yarn of Bullshit: "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" by Robert A. Heinlein
The SF Lamp was Broken: "Six of Crows" by Leigh Bardugo
Beckettian SF: "The Man in the High Castle" by Philip K. Dick
The Risks of Universal Enfranchisement: "Starship Troopers" by Robert A. Heinlein
Fictionalizing Philosopher: “Philip K. Dick and Philosophy - Do Androids Have Kindred Spirits” by Dylan E. Wittkower
An Operating System for a New World: "The Algorithm of Power” by Pedro Barrento
Don't Throw the Baby Out With the Bath Water: "Ubik" by Philip K. Dick
Reality and Illusion: "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" by Philip K. Dick
Unreliable First-Person Narrative: "Mightier than the Sword" by K. J. Parker
Intellectually Arid Work: "The Handmaiden's Tale" by Margaret Atwood
RIP Brian Aldiss, 1925 - 1917: "The Brightfount Diaries" by Brian Aldiss
The Society of Cousins: “The Moon and the Other” by John Kessel
Drastic Irrelevancy Synergism: Variable Star” by Robert A. Heinlein, Spider Robinson
Vintage Wave-function Collapse: "What Mad Universe" by Fredric Brown
Non-Standard Fantasy: “The Blade Itself” by Joe Abercrombie
Minor SF Movie: "Blade Runner 2049" by Denis Villeneuve, Ridley Scott
The Glamorisation of Suffering: "City of Stairs" by Robert Jackson Bennett
Non-Flash-in-the-Pan SF: “Counting Heads” by David Marusek
Witchcrafty-Cyperpunky SF: “Killing Gravity” by Corey J. White
There Are no Golden Ages: "New Maps of Hell" by Kingsley Amis
Progressive Rock SF: "Devices and Desires" by K. J. Parker
The Quest for Immortality, variant no. 843: “A Calculated Life by Anne Charnock
Downbeat and Offbeat Fiction: “The Shadow Years” by Jeffrey Ford
A Country Without (SF) Readers: “Antologia Cyberpunk” by Editorial Divergência
Science Fiction International Convention at IST: Sci-Fi LX 2017 - Look Beyond
Smart-Alecky SF: "Skullsworn" by Brian Staveley
Dark Underbelly of Utopia: "Use of Weapons" by Iain M. Banks
Gaming All-Nighters: "The Player of Games" by Iain M. Banks
Causality Violation SF: “Version Control” by Dexter Palmer
Bloviated SF: "The Ninth Rain" by Jen Williams
Intertextual SF: "The Grace of Kings" by Ken Liu
Some Old SF Stuff I Bought on eBay
Oobla Dee Oobla Dah SF: "The Collapsing Empire" by John Scalzi
Octaviasdottir: “New York 2140” by Kim Stanley Robinson
Frog in a Pot of Cold Water Over the Fire: "The Four Thousand, The Eight Hundred" by Greg Egan
Nuanced SF: "Crackpot Palace - Stories" by Jeffrey Ford
Unreliability of Fiction: “The Devil You Know” by K. J. Parker
Unreliability in Fiction: "Blue and Gold" by K. J. Parker
Coruscating Beams of Force: "Exploring Science Through Science Fiction" by Barry B. Luokkala
Navel Gazing Novel: “Central Station” by Lavie Tidhar
Constipated SF: "The Iron Tactician" by Alastair Reynolds
Why Do Bad Films Happen to Good People: "Arrival" by Denis Villeneuve



2016:


Grittier and Darker Star Wars Spin-off: "Rogue One" by Gareth Edwards
Die Verfremdungseffekt: "All that Outer Space Allows" by Ian Sales
The Nature of Reality: "Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said" by Philip K. Dick
Reality-Transforming SF: "The Gradual" by Christopher Priest
Anarres vs. Urras - Ambiguous Walls: “The Dispossessed” by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Implausibility of Happenstance: "Children of Earth and Sky" by Guy Gavriel Kay
Steampunk Riff SF: "Revenger" by Alastair Reynolds
Toasters in the Wild West: "Westworld" by Jonathan Nole/JJ Abrams
Coding Languages vs. Natural Languages: Story of Your Life and Others” by Ted Chiang
Mindfuck Literature: “Beyond the Aquila Rift – The Best of Alastair Reynold” by Alastair Reynold
Cognitive SF: "Savages" by K. J. Parker (aka Tom Holt)
Mono No Aware: "The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories" by "Ken Liu
Flat, Flat, Flat: "Sharp Ends" by Joe Abercrombie
Simple-Minded SF: "The Three-Body Problem" by Liu Cixin, Ken Liu (translator)
Bleakest SF Author Writes Something not That Bleak: “Not This August by Cyril M. Kornbluth, Fred Pohl


2015:


Ser Duncan the Tall: "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms" by George R. R. Martin
SF will not become SciFi: "Galactic North" by Alastair Reynolds
Movie Review: "Star Wars - The Force Still Slumbers"
Marxist SF: "Murder on the 31st Floor” by Per Wahlöö
"Life Would Be So Much Easier If We Only Had the Source Code: "Mr. Robot" Sort of Review
Deeply Interwoven Parallel Worlds: "Then Will The Great Ocean Wash Deep Above" by Ian Sales
Unreliable Memories: "The Last Witness" by K. J. Parker/Tom Holt
How to Live Another Sol: “The Martian” by Andy Weir
Deus-ex-Machina YA Fiction: "Half A War" by Joe Abercrombie
Big-Ass Delta VEE: “Seveneves” by Neal Stephenson
Subverted YA: "Half the World" by Joe Abercrombie

2014 (15):


2013 (27):

"China Mountain Zhang" by Maureen F. McHugh
"The Farthest Shore" (Earthsea Cycle) by Ursula K. LeGuin
"The Tombs of Atuan" (Earthsea Cycle, #2) by Ursula K. LeGuin
"A Wizard of Earthsea" (The Earthsea Cycle) by Ursula K. LeGuin
"Blood Song" (Raven's Shadow, #1) by Anthony Ryan


2008 (2):




1990



The People of the Sea: "Dolphin Island" by Arthur C. Clarke



1995:


Willing Suspension of Disbelief: “The First Lensman” by E. E. Doc Smith
Realistic Sounding Nonsense: "Triplanetary" E.E. "Doc" Smith
Not About Free Love: "Stranger in a Strange Land" by Robert A. Heinlein


1994:


Open the Pod Bay Doors, HAL: “2001: A Space Odyssey” by Arthur C. Clarke
RIP Ursula K. Le Guin, 1929 – 2018: "The Earthsea Quartet (Earthsea Cycle, #1-4)" by Ursula K. Le Guin


1993:



Islamic Thought: "Dune" by Frank Herbert



1989





The Silent Ships: "Childhood's End" by Arthur C. Clarke


1987



Swallowed by the Sea of Thirst: "A Fall of Moondust" by Arthur C. Clarke



Spy Fiction:


2017:


Spies Catching Spies: "A Legacy of Spies" by John Le Carré
An Old-Fashioned Thriller, but What a Thriller: "Kolymsky Heights" by Lionel Davidson



2016:


Câmara Obscura Literature: "The Pigeon Tunnel - Stories from My Life" By John Le Carré
Minor Spy Fiction: "A Spy Divided" by Charles Cumming
Authority Without Domination: “Shibumi” by Trevanian

2014:
















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