Category Archives: Writer’s craft

Worldbuilding in Science Fiction

We are struck, when watching modern science fiction movies, by sweeping vistas of futuristic cities. From the dystopian darkness and aggressive neon of Blade Runner, to the vibrant colors and eclectic bustle of Black Panther, to the mysterious images of floating black monoliths in Arrival, such images help to teleport the viewer into a different […] Continue reading

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“War Games”

Military Science Fiction is quite prevalent, and AI and robots are ubiquitous in Sci-Fi. Then what explains this rarity of AI as competent generals/commanders? I would argue that because Science Fiction is bound by the rules of telling a good story, there are certain technological concepts that the genre has not figured out how to include while still preserving the story’s familiarity to the reader. Continue reading

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Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?

While I was home over winter break, I found myself in the mood to read something new.  A few years ago my family moved houses, and since I was leaving for college soon after I only kept books that I really loved—but thus had already read. So, the pickings on my bookshelf were pretty slim. […] Continue reading

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This is why I should never be a character in Science Fiction.

In my opinion, “Entanglement” was one of the most beautiful stories that we read this semester. The way that Singh wove together the brief snapshots of multiple lives was so satisfying to read. The ending left me with that “A-ha!&#822… Continue reading

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I’m sorry, what was your name again?

In my ten-something years as an avid reader and token bookworm, I had never had this experience before. On the first day of class, I came prepared with an annotated copy of “Nightfall” by Isaac Asimov and the seemingly impossible goal of not making a fool of myself in front of other College Scholars. Everything seemed […] Continue reading

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Celebrity Jeopardy

They managed to get something wrong in every case. Apparently they’d picked up some media signal, bounced off satellites into the mirky expanse of space,  because they had all assumed the appearance of Earth celebrities. Their leader walked down the gangplank which had descended from their ship. He appeared–it took me an instant to place […] Continue reading

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I’m not crazy

Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer.  He’s not a savant, just a regular, ol’ small-brained fella.
-Kevin M.
P.S.  And since we didn’t get to read him for class, Oliver Sacks talking about his brand new book, Hallucinations.File… Continue reading

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First Impressions

1.  There used to be a name for gifted people like Aiko. Tobi ga taka wo umu, or a hawk born from kites.  Only now, everyone can be a hawk. 2.  If you ask for her most treasured memory, she’ll tell you it’s a scent.  Ask her for her favorite story, and she’ll say it’s a song. […] Continue reading

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First Lines

Her hand inched forward, and then she stopped. Think, she told herself. Did she really want to go through with this? Often, as a child, he would gaze into the pitch black of the night sky and wonder what was out there. Of course, he had heard stories. Stories of danger and romance, to be […] Continue reading

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Starting Lines

These lines don’t necessarily telegraph that the ensuing story will be hard sci-fi but I did have a sci-fi scenario/story to follow from each. I thought it was more fun that way and hopefully no one will be puzzled by that. Here they are: 1. Over the years Wilbur had collected first editions of all […] Continue reading

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