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After the Myths Went Home by Robert Silverberg

After the Myths Went Home by Robert Silverberg is the one story you know it would make for an awesome Dr Who special. Or Twilight Zone episode. Or anything, just somebody PLEASE MAKE THIS!

“Leor’s new machine had crystal rods and silver sides. A giant emerald was embedded in its twelve-angled lid.”

There are no problems in the future. Everyone’s belly is full, no-one drowns or thirsts or is ever unhappy. There are such lovely marvels in the future, when the mysteries of the Universe have been laid bare and Earth’s problems are in Earth’s past, the planet itself a distant memory.

It is the best of times and the worst part is, everybody agrees.

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Contemporary master of short science fiction: Ursula K. Le Guin

This is a guest post by Mariana Ashley.

Ursula K. Le Guin is a giant in the world of science fiction and fantasy, and yet in my experience very few seasoned readers of the genres have ever heard of her. I have mixed emotions when someone tells me they’ve never heard of Ursula K. Le Guin: I’m sad that they went so long in their lives without ever reading a living master of scifi, but I’m also stoked that I get to introduce them to her work.

Her stories can be dense enough to intimidate younger readers, yet her themes are deeply philosophical and cerebral—she often appeals to academics and veteran scifi readers. Le Guin ponders profound questions of civilization, gender, femininity, and war in her works by juxtaposing modern social conventions with otherworldly science and technology. To put it succinctly, Le Guin’s deep stories reward the reader more than conventional pulp fiction. Read More