Justice: or, Crime and Punishment

Crime is a prevalent theme in much fiction – and it’s certainly is no stranger to science fiction. One of the more famous examples of crime SF is Philip K. Dick’s 1956 story “The Minority Report,” which Steven Spielberg recently made into a Major Motion Picture that Completely Missed the Point. Great examples of SF […]

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Cassandra: or, The Marriage Twixt Myth and Story

The idea of knowing the future has always been a subject that has fascinated science fiction authors. For years, people have written on the subject, from Robert J. Sawyer’s Flashforward (1998), about Earth receiving a signal from the Alpha Centauri system to C.J. Cherryh’s Hugo-winning “Cassandra,” (1978) which deals with an end-of-the-world prophesy, to Infinity […]

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Hitchhiker’s v. Dwarf (1988 – present)

“The most original of authors are not so because they advance what is new, but more because they know how to say something, as if it had never been said before.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe The most common argument is, since Hitchhiker’s came first, that Adams influenced Grant Naylor, or that Grant Naylor ripped off […]

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Pete: Part II

Approximately six years ago, the final few episodes of Red Dwarf were broadcast on terrestrial television. Today is the day when we return to find out what happened to the crew of … the office, Red Office, Red Dwarf. Specifically, the Captain’s Office. This newspaper clipping was found in the Newark Times newspaper on April […]

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Holoship: or, Love Stories

Love stories and science fiction are not always words that are spoken in the same sentence, unless that sentence was “I love science fiction stories,” or “Fiction stories love science,” but the last one seems a bit unnusual. Regardless, there has been a rich and long history of love stories in science fiction; some beautifully […]

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Pete: Part I

Right. Pete, then. An episode that’s infamous for its lack of rigorous logic, rather silly plot line, and lack of any coherence whatsoever. This is going to be fun. Although there’s absolutely no science fiction category that I can twitter on about for two hundred words before the review, so I’ll just have to get […]

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Out of Time: or, Alternate Personalities

Alternate personalities constitute a wide-ranging subgenre of SF – there can be many variations on this theme, including electronic creation of alternate personalities (The Terminal Experiment (1995), Robert J. Sawyer), to drug-induced split personality (A Scanner Darkly (1977), Philip K. Dick). In fact, “alternate personalities” is such a wide-ranging term that it could be used […]

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