Monthly Archives: February 2007

The Greek Defense-Of-Marriage League Vs. the Trojan Brotherhood of Abductors! ‘Nuff Said!

Steve Wilson has a typically hilarious take on the question of comic books and Homer, an issue that arose on John C. Wright’s LiveJournal. I don’t think readers will go too far wrong by following John Wright’s prescriptions (Take Homer … Continue reading

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SciFi Scribe Screed: “Down with Demiurges”

M. John Harrison asserts that “Every moment of a science fiction story must represent the triumph of writing over worldbuilding.” Which is a bit like saying that every use of the hand represents the triumph of the body over the … Continue reading

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Ripped from the Headlines

From the AP Science section: “An astronaut drove 900 miles and donned a disguise to confront a woman she believed was her rival for the affections of a space shuttle pilot, police said.” Add a trip through a wormhole, perhaps … Continue reading

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Greeks and Geeks

I was rereading Euripides’ Crazy Hercules today to prepare for a class when I was poleaxed by a stray line. ἄλλως δ’ ἀδυνάτων ἔοικ’ ἐρᾶν. –Euripides, Heracles 318 “But I seem to be pointlessly in love with impossible things.” It … Continue reading

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Why Science Is Better Than Science Fiction

Because you get to write phrases like “Shadow of a Martian Robot”, which sounds like a lost collaboration of Leigh Brackett and Ray Bradbury.

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Pitch v. Black

Another glimpse into the breakup of Pitch-Black. It strikes me that there might be a good mainstream novel (or at least a Law and Order episode) in the ups and downs of running a small press.

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See Sawyer

Robert J. Sawyer, the sf writer, has a rather tiresome post insisting that science fiction is rational, whereas fantasy is not. He actually argues that the only reason for any market overlap is due to Ace Books pirating publishing Lord … Continue reading

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