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The Worst Science Fiction Story Ever Written

People spend a lot of time trying to write the best science fiction stories imaginable, and, in the process, they learn about some the genre’s worst tendencies so that those traps can be avoided. Well, for this story, I decided I would use only those… Continue reading

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Someone Who Has Never Seen Star Wars Watches the New Trailer

Okay, I’ll come clean imediately – I’ve never seen Star Wars. None of them: no original trilogy, no maligned prequels, absolutely none. Yeah, yeah, I know, that’s pretty much blasphemy to an entire generation of people, and I’ll admit it prob… Continue reading

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Someone Who Has Never Seen Star Wars Watches the New Trailer

Okay, I’ll come clean imediately – I’ve never seen Star Wars. None of them: no original trilogy, no maligned prequels, absolutely none. Yeah, yeah, I know, that’s pretty much blasphemy to an entire generation of people, and I’ll admit it prob… Continue reading

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From Kindle e-book to Acclaimed Hollywood Blockbuster: the Rise of Andy Weir, The Martian, and the Online Book Release

You’d be hard-pressed to turn your attention to any media right now without catching something about The Martian. Virtually every commercial break features a trailer for the film, and just about everyone affiliated with it has conducted interviews widely across various platforms. Matt Damon, the star of the film, has garnered the most response to […] Continue reading

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Travel Through Space and Time is Lonely for Everyone (Except Andre 3000)

It isn’t easy being a protagonist in science-fiction literature about time or space travel; loneliness often seems to be a precondition to their lives. Sometimes, this loneliness is unavoidable: a solitary ten-year-long spaceship ride will probably make you miss other people, and it’s always difficult to develop a robust social rapport with people thousands of […] Continue reading

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Is Station Eleven science fiction? Does it matter?

Last year, Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven was published, a novel which follows a small cast of interconnected figures through various spatial and temporal settings, most notably the upper Midwest approximately twenty years after a pandemic has wiped out the bulk of the world’s human population. Largely due to the incredible vividness of that future Mandel […] Continue reading

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