Whenever I’m feeling down or overwhelmed with life, it helps to remember how to laugh. Few things do the trick like a funny science fiction novel.
As the struggle over the USPS slowdowns and financial trouble burns in the media, a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel from 1985 resurfaces: David Brin’s The Postman.
Copyright is a double-edged sword. On the first edge, it’s amazing that after a certain amount of time, and under certain circumstances, every book, every story, every beautiful creature of the imagination that was ever created will enter the public domain, from which point they will be forever free for all to enjoy at no cost.
Dancing on the other edge of the blade, when it comes to classic SF stories from now defunct genre magazines, even when the stories are out of copyright they are often hard to find, expensive to obtain (in terms of time or money), and rarely available in a modern digital reading experience (phone, tablet, ereader, etc.)
With one exception.
I stumbled across the Highlander tv series from 1992 on Amazon Prime. Title sequence music by QUEEN and starring that ponytail wearing dude Adrian Paul and his lovely lady Alexandra Vandernoot.
Man, that opening scene is cheesy, but something about it sucks me in. THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE. Immortals waging a secret war for immortality with their swords… The battle of good against evil…
And the truest part is…
I’ve long been a fan of classic science fiction novels. There’s something ineffable about a book that sticks with generation after generation of new readers. It’s the closest thing we have to time travel, and the stories that have aged well are worth remembering, and even revisiting from time to time.
This guest post from Emmanual Nataf, co-founder of author services marketplace Reedsy, reviews six of the most impactful science fiction novels of the 20th century from a 2019 point of view.
Long have I been inspired by the music of sci-fi films. Ever wondered who wrote those haunting melodies? Or where they draw their inspiration from? Today’s blog is a guest post from science fiction and fantasy author Chris Turner on the most famous music composers in science fiction.
Say hello to Jeff Elkins, author of urban fantasy series The Defense of Reality and founder of online fiction magazine Short Fiction Break.
Today Jeff joins me for a discussion of a 1954 sci-fi mystery novel by Isaac Asimov, The Caves of Steel.
Sci-fi cyberpunk author Jason Werbeloff joins me to discuss the Netflix Series Altered Carbon, a breakneck cyberpunk adaptation that is action-packed, philosophically compelling, and riveting the whole way through.
Stoked that I got to have Steve Statham on to talk about gods in science fiction. Steve’s a great guy and he writes a hell of a space opera.
Our conversation today was sparked because I read his book, Gods and the City. The topics we covered range from mythology to history to our obsession with gods in storytelling.
We also talk about the characters in Steve’s book—every day people who are called upon to defend humanity—and how they rose to the challenge.
What a fun conversation. A few great book recommendations for you in there, too. Hope you enjoy it.
This is the first SFF book club interview!
I got a chance to sit down and chat with K. Gorman, author of the space opera series, The Eurynome Code.
We talk about science fiction, inspirations, humor, and the first book in her space opera series, Black Dawn, which was featured in the book club just a few weeks ago.