Answering some of the repeat objections to my Three Body Problem video

Answering some of the repeat objections to my Three Body Problem video This Is Clickbait – there’s a huge amount of uncritical coverage of 3BP, very few people have taken the time to question the pro-authoritarian stance of the book. I think the gushing essays and videos saying “this is how hard SF should be”Continue reading “Answering some of the repeat objections to my Three Body Problem video”

The lie that makes Star Wars sublime

Why do many Star Wars fans insist that George Lucas did not know that Vader / Anakin were the same person? Lucas is 100% clear in interviews that he knew the Star Wars backstory at the time of shooting the first Star Wars movie. And the Vader / Anakin reveal is clearly foreshadowed through AContinue reading “The lie that makes Star Wars sublime”

Andor is a Marxist story

Tony Gilroy has said that Andor wasn’t meant to be political, and any meaning came through “instinctively”. He’s also said Cassian Andor’s story is directly based on the life of Jospeh Stalin. So. Deliberate or not, Andor has Marxist ideology baked into its core. The story of a protagonist-of-color, from a native tribe destroyed byContinue reading “Andor is a Marxist story”

What’s so great about Iain M Banks?

The Tales From The Bridge crew invited me for a return appearance on their fine podcast to defend the honor of Iain M Banks from their skepticism. We have a great chat about good writing, bad writing, the genius work of Iain M. Banks, and The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power,  theContinue reading “What’s so great about Iain M Banks?”

SEASON 1 FINALE : Writing the 21st Century Myth

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What does a metamodern future look like?

We’re in a civilisational war between the pre-modern, the modern, and the post-modern. Or to give them their “culture war” names – the Reactionary, the Neoliberal…and the Woke. We need a better future for our civilisation. A future some people are starting to call the Metamodern.

In this episode of the Science Fiction podcast I think about what a Metamodern future might look like. It’s a not a cyberpunk dystopia or a solarpunk utopia.

Instead I think our Metamodern future might look like…a theme park.

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Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman – The High Cost of Fantasy

There’s a reason why Neil Gaiman is the most famous writer scifi, horror & fantasy ever made. That rockstar reputation didn’t start with appearances on The Simpsons.

By the age of 32, when most writers are just getting started, Gaiman had already written a masterpiece of fantasy. The 75 issues of The Sandman are a tour through the mythos of humanity, and a masters thesis on the uses, and abuses, of fantasy.

But the origin of The Sandman in comic books kept it a cult classic for over 30 years. Gaiman became better known for novels like American Gods and stories for children. (The Sandman is NOT for children.)

Now a new Netflix adaptation, created by Neil Gaiman himself, is a chance for The Sandman to meet the mainstream. Will it succeed where previous adaptations of Gaiman have failed? I feel quietly confident the answer is yes.

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Our war with the algorithm

“How does one fashion a book of resistance, a book of truth in an empire of falsehood, or a book of rectitude in an empire of vicious lies? How does one do this right in front of the enemy?

Not through the old-fashioned ways of writing while you’re in the bathroom, but how does one do that in a truly future technological state? Is it possible for freedom and independence to arise in new ways under new conditions? That is, will new tyrannies abolish these protests? Or will there be new responses by the spirit that we can’t anticipate?”

Philip K. Dick in interview, 1974

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