Category Archives: Science Fiction

Stirling’s Change
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The Change series by S. M. Stirling is a great example of a series that holds your interest through compelling characters and situations. The series is based on the premise that a disaster strikes the Earth in the form of … Continue reading

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Norby–The Mixed-up Robot
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Janet Asimov (with assistance from her husband, Isaac) wrote a set of delightful novellas about a silly (but loveable and useful) robot named Norby and his human friend and companion, Jeff, a cadet in The Space Academy. They’re perfect for … Continue reading

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Lois McMaster Bujold–Fascinating Characters
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Some authors just know how to build characters and tell a great story. This is true of Lois McMaster Bujold whether her genre is fantasy or science fiction. I first read Ms. Bujold’s fantasy series, The Sharing Knife, and fell … Continue reading

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Science Fiction Films—Remakes, Then and Now—Part 2
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This is Part 2 of a two-post series. See Part 1. Why make remakes? One of the big factors that stimulates filmmakers to produce new sci-fi movie remakes seems to be the generational turnover that takes place every 20 or … Continue reading

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Science Fiction Films–Remakes, Then and Now—Part 1
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Scores of science fiction movies have been remade since films began, many more than once. New additional remakes are in production or planned. We’re not talking about sequels or about movies that are inspired by earlier movies but are radically … Continue reading

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What Makes a Story Good Science Fiction–Part 4
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In part 3, we discussed setting in good science fiction. Now, let’s look at theme, the fourth and final factor in our list. Theme A theme is the underlying idea behind a work of literature. There are several themes that … Continue reading

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When H.A.R.L.I.E. Was One (Release 2.0) vs. the Original
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I recently picked up David Gerrold’s When H.A.R.L.I.E. Was One, (Release 2.0) because the promotional blurb on the cover said it was “a totally new version of the groundbreaking novel.” I had read the original When Harlie Was One back … Continue reading

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What Makes a Story Good Science Fiction–Part 3
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In part 2, we discussed characterization in good science fiction. Now, let’s look at setting, the third factor in our list. Setting Setting (time and place) is usually more important in science fiction than in many other genres. A science … Continue reading

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What Makes a Story Good Science Fiction–Part 2
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In part 1, we discussed plot development in good science fiction. Now, let’s look at characterization, the second factor in our list. Characterization There are many kinds of characters in science fiction that you won’t find in any other genre: … Continue reading

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Gene Wolfe–Home Fires
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I was really disappointed in Gene Wolfe’s latest book, Home Fires. Often his science fiction is really terrific–thought provoking and unusual. This time, however, what he wrote is really just an adventure story about a hijacked cruise ship that could … Continue reading

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