I never fully
understood [the label of 'escapist'] till my friend Professor Tolkien
asked me the very simple question,
'What class of men would you expect to be most preoccupied with, and
most hostile to, the idea of escape?' and gave the obvious answer:
-- C. S. Lewis, "On Science Fiction"
fiction is exploring how technology affects people's lives, then one of
the best SF movies ever made was Singin' in the Rain
Defining what SF is
(distinguishing it both from fantasy, and from mainstream
techno-thrillers) is a favorite pasttime for many. Some have very
definite views, although Margaret Atwood is less certain: she can't
decide if the definition is "talking
squids in outer space" or "talking
cabbages". I'm going to sidestep the issue. But if you are
interested, here are some others' definitions
of SF (somewhat more cogent than Atwood's), plus further
- Here are my idiosyncratic recommendations of the SF Books I like. I
guarantee that you will like these books if you like the same books
that I do! (Those I loathe are too numerous to list.)
- SF has different reading protocols from mainstream fiction.
Just consider the phrase 'Her world exploded'
- Lost in the Translation -- mangled book
I read science
fiction because it's not about the mundane, ordinary problems
that we face every day. I read science fiction because I want to argue
humanity's case before a galactic tribunal. I read science fiction
because I want to battle hideous creatures beneath the hurtling moons of
Barsoom. I read science fiction because I want to go on a covert mission
inside the city of the alien beings who hold humanity in thrall. I read
science fiction because, well, hexapodia is the key insight.
-- Pete McCutchen, rec.arts.sf.written,
- "I will not turn into a snake. It never helps."
- I get a bit tired sometimes of just how easily the baddies
are defeated. I wish more authors would take the advice in Peter's
Evil Overlord List. And there's an equal-opportunity
Empress page, too! (EvilRulers.com
collects these, and also includes similar good advice for Heros,
Sidekicks, Evil Henchmen, True Loves, Innovcent Bystanders, and more.)
- I also get a bit tired of formulaic fantasy. Nick Lowe's article
Well-Tempered Plot Device explores some of these
formulae, such as "Collect the Plot Coupons", the "Universal
Plot Generator", and the "deus ex machina" in SF and
SF films and TV
- My lists of the SF Films I like, and
- My lists of the SF TV shows I like, and
loathe. These include those currently airing, and also on-video
- Of all SFnal media, TV suffers the most from technobabble.
- The combination of SF films and computing generates its own
subculture of jokes.
Langford's on-line Ansible
- The essential monthly Locus:
book reviews, publishing news, author interviews
-- News of the Week, Gallery, Site of the Week, Interviews,...
I insist on
living in a world where the word 'feminist' is as quaint as the word
-- Pat Cadigan, The Net BBC2,
8 June 1994
- LonCon 3: 72nd Worldcon 2014, London
- Satellite 4: 65th Eastercon 2014, Glasgow
My notes on some cons that I have attended
in a larger map).
More recent cons tend to have more notes:
- Eight Squared Con: 64th Eastercon 2013, Bradford
- Olympus2012: 63rd Eastercon 2012, Heathrow
- Illustrious: 62nd Eastercon 2011, Birminham
- Odyssey2010: 61st Eastercon 2010,
- Constitution: Unicon 23, Cambridge
- LX: 60th Eastercon 2009,
- Orbital 2008: 59th Eastercon 2008,
- Contemplation: 58th Eastercon 2007,
- Concussion: 57th Eastercon 2006,
- Interaction: 63rd Worldcon 2005,
- Paragon2: 56th Eastercon 2005,
- Concourse: 55th Eastercon 2004,
- Seacon: 54th Eastercon 2003,
- Helicon 2: 53rd Eastercon 2002,
- Paragon: 52nd Eastercon 2001,
- Novacon 30, Birmingham.
- 2Kon: 51st Eastercon 2000,
- Reconvene: 50th Eastercon '99,
- The Wrap Party, Heathrow
- Intuition: 49th Eastercon '98,
- Intervention: 48th Eastercon '97,
- Evolution: 47th Eastercon '96,
- Intersection: 53rd Worldcon '95,
- Sou'Wester: 45th Eastercon '94,
- Illumination: Eastercon '92,
- Albacon '91, Glasgow
- Eastcon: 42nd Eastercon '90,
- Conspiracy: 45th Worldcon '87,
- Albacon '85, Glasgow
- Seacon: 35th Eastercon '84,
Does anybody know
if Harlan Ellison will include Alexi Panshin's essay on Heinlein's views
on gun control in The Last Dangerous Visions?
-- Michael F. Stemper, 1999
(contributed to a discussion of the ultimate rasfw troll)
like to say how charming I find it to see a serious and passionately
felt discussion of Romeo and Juliet on rec.arts.sf.written under
the thread title 'sex and violence'. It really makes my day.
-- Jo Walton
in more depth...
- For a whole host of archives, author pages, awards, bibliographies,
FAQs, publishers, reviews, etc, try the SF-Lovers
- As time goes by, SF becomes science. When will
Uploading and Utility
Fog do this?
- A bibliography of Nanotechnology
- Just because I'm into SF and wacky science, doesn't mean
I'm into pseudoscience