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A couple of Oxford professors were once lamenting that no one seemed to be publishing the kind of books they enjoyed, stories of wonder and of imagination. They came to the conclusion that if they ...
by quarkstomper
Comment Count 15 comments on Sun Oct 27, 2013 at 06:53 PM PDT with 29 Recommends
(Quarkstomper's sabbatical continues as I dredge up another piece from my files; this one a Street Prophets diary from 2008.) I’m somewhat embarrassed to admit it, because it will probably damage ...
by quarkstomper
Comment Count 17 comments on Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 06:30 PM PDT with 12 Recommends
Last week's guest diary by Brecht about Literary Science Fiction reminded me of a piece I wrote a few years back about a C.S. Lewis essay on mythopoeia . Lewis argued that truly mythic stories are ...
by quarkstomper
Comment Count 27 comments on Sun Oct 06, 2013 at 06:37 PM PDT with 24 Recommends
People following my Sunday Night "Sci-Fi/Fantasy Club" series might remember that a couple months ago I wrote about a webcomic called "Sci-Fi Guy" created by a friend of mine, who occasionally ...
by quarkstomper
Comment Count 2 comments on Mon Sep 30, 2013 at 05:49 PM PDT with 8 Recommends
What makes a Good Book? What makes a Good SF/Fantasy Book? What makes a Literary Classic? Today we're looking at the differences between these three questions; and discovering which SF/Fantasy books ...
by Brecht
Comment Count 140 comments on Sun Sep 29, 2013 at 07:09 PM PDT with 32 Recommends
My Dad, as I have mentioned before, was a Lutheran minister and a science fiction fan with a large collection of SF paperbacks in our basement. Both these elements, Lutheran Doctrine and Old-Style ...
by quarkstomper
Comment Count 31 comments on Sun Sep 22, 2013 at 06:30 PM PDT with 18 Recommends
In case anyone missed it last week, I'll be taking a break from the Sci-Fi/Fantasy Club for a while to work on a few other projects. But I thought I'd leave this up as an open thread for those who ...
by quarkstomper
Comment Count 11 comments on Sun Aug 25, 2013 at 06:15 PM PDT with 13 Recommends
There's an unfortunate tendency to overlook the contributions of women to the field of science fiction. The names that stick out tend to be pretty much exclusively male: Asimov, Heinlein, Clarke, ...
by quarkstomper
Comment Count 140 comments on Sun Aug 18, 2013 at 06:30 PM PDT with 50 Recommends
When he was a youth on the Island of Gont, the wizard Ged was called "Sparrowhawk" for his interest in birds of prey and his ability to summon them. This was his use name, the everyday name people ...
by quarkstomper
Comment Count 9 comments on Sun Aug 11, 2013 at 06:30 PM PDT with 19 Recommends
Continuing our look at Ursula K. Le Guin's fantasy classic, A Wizard of Earthsea . Ged, also known as Sparrowhawk, is a young wizard from the Island of Gont who has come to the Roke School of Magic.
by quarkstomper
Comment Count 19 comments on Sun Aug 04, 2013 at 06:30 PM PDT with 28 Recommends
Ursula K. Le Guin was among the first generation of feminist science fiction writers. There were women writing science fiction in the preceding era, such and Andre Norton, Liegh Brackett and C. L. ...
by quarkstomper
Comment Count 34 comments on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 06:30 PM PDT with 33 Recommends
Back in the 1980s, writer John Shirley was on the cutting edge of the Cyberpunk movement in science fiction. Athough Cyberpunk has faded and its tropes and memes cut up and assimilated into the SF ...
by quarkstomper
Comment Count 15 comments on Sun Jul 21, 2013 at 06:30 PM PDT with 30 Recommends
These days, science fiction is considered fairly mainstream. Many of the top box-office films of the past few decades have been SF movies, and science fiction novels are considered a legitimate ...
by quarkstomper
Comment Count 30 comments on Sun Jul 14, 2013 at 06:30 PM PDT with 21 Recommends
Men have come to Mars like a great wave upon its alien shore. But every wave must eventually recede. The settlers, looking up at the Earth from their porches think on the rumors they have heard ...
by quarkstomper
Comment Count 19 comments on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 06:30 PM PDT with 25 Recommends
Mars was a distant shore, and the men spread upon it in waves. Each wave was different, and each wave stronger. The first wave carried with it men accustomed to spaces and coldness and being alone,
by quarkstomper
Comment Count 13 comments on Sun Jun 30, 2013 at 06:30 PM PDT with 24 Recommends
After several failed expeditions, man has finally reached Mars. Now come the settlers. They came because they were afraid or unafraid, because they were happy or unhappy, because they felt like ...
by quarkstomper
Comment Count 33 comments on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 06:30 PM PDT with 40 Recommends
The funny thing is, Ray Bradbury didn't consider himself a science fiction writer. "First of all, I don't write science fiction. I've only done one science fiction book and that's Fahrenheit 451 , ...
by quarkstomper
Comment Count 23 comments on Sun Jun 16, 2013 at 06:30 PM PDT with 46 Recommends
The planet Mars has always had a peculiar attraction to the human imagination and has been closely associated with science fiction for about as long as there has been science fiction. Venus is ...
by quarkstomper
Comment Count 72 comments on Sun Jun 09, 2013 at 06:30 PM PDT with 34 Recommends
This week, instead of looking at a classic science fiction novel, we're going to look at something different: a webcomic about a young science fiction geek growing up during the Summer of Star Wars .
by quarkstomper
Comment Count 50 comments on Sun Jun 02, 2013 at 06:30 PM PDT with 23 Recommends
Edward E. Malone, reporter for the London Gazette, is a young man seeking to prove himself. That was why he volunteered to interview Professor George E. Challenger, the most dangerous scientist in ...
by quarkstomper
Comment Count 20 comments on Sun May 26, 2013 at 06:30 PM PDT with 18 Recommends