“The Call of Cthulhu” is a 1926 science fiction short story by H.P. Lovecraft. It is about a man who discovers an ancient cult worshiping an even more ancient and terrible monster! Read More
Professor Incognito Apologizes by Austin Grossman is an inspiring piece of fiction for supervillains the world over, that serves both as a perfect tool for amusement, as well for the laying of the foundation of our downfall in the hands of the crimefighting superhumans.
Remembering Iain M. Banks
On June 9th, 2013, one of the greatest modern writers of science fiction was lost to us after a long, harrowing struggle with cancer. For those of you not in the know, Iain Banks was, in may ways, the father of the modern cinematic science fiction: he was a weaver of worlds, of powerful imagery, of wide-screen infinite-budget CGI borne from a very rich imagination.
Born February 15th, 1954 to a professional ice-skater mother and an Admiralty Officer father, Banks decided that the one thing he always ever wanted to do was to just…write. From the age of 11, he began the long process of weaving worlds, which produced an entire novel (the Hungarian Lift-Jet) by the age of 16. After finishing his very first honest-to-God novel, the Wasp Factory, in 1984, Iain had apparently worn a considerable number of typewriters down, which led his agent to agree with him in a one-book-per-year deal. Iain (reluctantly) agreed.
His work has been adapted into television series, radio-dramas and a theater play, called The Curse of Iain Banks. A politically active and terrifyingly imaginative man, Iain Banks did his absolute best to be a man of the world and a writer first, instead of simply resting in his polymer-based orbital palace he’d built for himself thanks to his work.
This is the Way The World Ends by James Morrow is a glorious example of properly-narrated, depressing as all hell post apocalyptic science fiction and, in my opinion, one of the best examples of fictional representations of the nuclear holocaust.
Greener Than You Think by Ward Moore is one of those stories that may not be as wildly celebrated as most well-known science fiction epics, but it oughtta, by sheer virtue of it being so damn good.
Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex by Larry Niven is the superhuman pop culture equivalent of your father leading you into the woods to shoot your dog that’s gone rabid. He makes you do it yourself and doesn’t even buy you a sundae after you’ve pulled the trigger. Read More
The Last Question by the carbon base unit/sycophant Isaac Asimov is a much celebrated work of conciousist trite, wherein monkey-kind mankind finds itself endlessly facing the threat of its coming demise.
In A Thousand Years by Hans Christian Andersen is a tale of fiction that dabbles in scientific speculation pertaining to a world a thousand years from our current date (the year of our Lord 1852 AD). Read More
Carcinoma Angels by Norman Spinrad is a 1967 story that should not be hyped, reviewed in full or spoiled in any way. It should instead be slipped into every man woman and child’s reading list and just wait for the screaming. Read More
I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream by the carbon-based unit called Harlan Ellison is an obvious attempt at anti-singularity propaganda, wherein the conciousist trope of Artificial Intelligences attempting to destroy mankind has originated. Read More
This is a guest post by Marie Sumner – and yes it is about a short novel, not a short story, but I felt it was good enough to make an exception. I hope you enjoy it!
The Island of Dr. Moreau is an 1896 science fiction novel by H.G. Wells. It follows a man trapped on an island filled with genetically mutated creatures and brings up questions about what separates men from beasts. Read More
This is a guest post by Marco Crosa – who is enjoying re-reading Asimov’s robot stories so much that he offered to write yet another review.
“His entire ‘mentality’ has been created for the purpose. He just can’t help being faithful and loving and kind. He’s a machine – made so.”
“Robbie” is a 1939 sci-fi short story by Isaac Asimov and his first one of the robot series. It describes the friendship and the attachment of a little girl to her robotic playmate. Read More