We are the miracle of force and matter making itself over into imagination and will. Incredible. The Life Force experimenting with forms. You for one. Me for another. The Universe has shouted itself alive. We are one of the shouts.

Ray Bradbury

Steve Jobs Steps Down

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner...

“I’ve always liked the idea of a special Hugo to be awarded (by force, perhaps) to literary authors who write books dripping with themes filleted from mainstream SF and then deny that it’s science fiction ‘because it’s not about robots and spaceships’.”
        — Terry Pratchett

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How to Argue (or, Scalzi’s Rules of Order)

With only fifteen months remaining until the election, the silly season of presidential politics is upon us already. (Woohoo!) And with a Republican field of candidates that spans the spectrum of merely-right-of-center candidate Jon Huntsman1 to the wonder-twins and...

Method #164

I’ve become obsessive over writers’ spaces, those places where authors throw wide the doors of their imagination, spread the contents of their minds out over note cards, handwritten pages, yellowed photos and found objects pinned to the walls…

Dorothy Already Knows

To those of you who have disparaged Kansas, my twice-upon-a-time home, as being “flat as a pancake,” it turns out you were underselling your claim… Kansas is flatter than a pancake.

SciFi Comes in Threes

Watch for Ready Player One to make this year’s Top Player List. Author Ernest Cline sets the hook with a Big Idea entry at Whatever, while Mark at BoingBoing gushes blushingly, “…the best science fiction novel I’ve read in a...

Science, Fiction & Fantasy Notes

NPR has tabulated the results of its survey and names its top 100 SF&F novels of all time! It’s quite honestly a pretty fine reading list even if might quibble about where some of the titles landed. I do wish, however, that it included works of Octavia...

SFF Writerly Note

Matt Staggs (writer, publicist, one-time list-keeper of SFF awesomeness at Enter the Octopus) has spawned a crowd-sourced, gothic horror, shared-world wiki based on a New England village with a hidden, haunted history. Feel free to join in on the world-building...
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