“Seeing” is a 2010 science fiction short story by Genevieve Valentine. It is about a woman who is drafted to explore a far off planet. Read More
Super-Earth Mother by Guy Immega is the epic hard-scifi recounting of how mankind reached and finally colonized distant exo-planets, through the help of the AI agents and caretakers, the Mother series.
Romero 2.0 by David Conyers and Brian Sammons is old-school Martian zombie horror, the kind that the genre needs as it swan song, before we shoot it in the head and then cry about it for 4 episodes.
The Weaponized Puzzle by David Conyers is the second book in the Harrison Peel series, telling the further adventures of Australian Intelligence Service operative Peel, the world’s leading authority on 21st century encounters with the Mythos and Australia’s least lucky bastard.
Misbegotten (the Runaway Nun) by Caesar Voghan is an off-the-wall little episodic novelette set on an Earth ruined by asteroid impacts, roamed by armed attack-monks and Jean D’Arc cyborgs. A perfect fit for this Loathsome Summer.
Playing With Fire by Third FlatIron publishing is a pretty cool anthology about the dangers of dealing with forces beyond your control. It is particularly depressing, disruptive and in some cases, distressing. Welcome to this Loathsome Summer.
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.
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.
"The True Story of Merganther’s Run" is a 2011 science fiction novelette by David D. Levine. It is about a group of scientists and engineers who dismantle Jupiter to harvest its raw natural resources. Read More
Ehaema is a flash scifi blog written by Eidolon, who I am absolutely convinced comes from the future or has at least glimpsed it, through the effects of some unknown, perception-altering drugs. Read More
Foster, you’re Dead by Philip K. Dick is a short science fiction story which tells us the story of Foster and his everyday life in a climate of growing paranoia in the US, where the Red Scare dictates almost every aspect of everyday life.