A review of Kumar L’s novel of first contact, Earth to Centauri: The First Journey.
Our turbulent world against a background of stars: Why Olaf Stapledon’s Star Maker is essential reading, even today
For a book admired by H.G. Wells, Virginia Woolf & Jorge Luis Borges, one that influenced Arthur C. Clarke, Brian Aldiss, Bruce Sterling, and which first spoke of Dyson Spheres, Star Maker remains relatively unknown.
In which we talk about his award-winning Numbercaste, big data, credit scores, Sri Lankan sci-fi, Commonwealth Empire, his alternative history trilogy, ‘crafting one’s own Iron Throne’, and more.
Had enough of big-budget extravaganzas where it looks like they spent a lot of money on a lot of things …
An overview of a book for anyone interested in the idea of Time and Time Travel – James Gleick’s Time Travel: A History, a book that’s bigger on the inside.
A look at some interesting words coined in works of science fiction (that need to be used more!)
A few fun (little-known) facts & stories about the “the proverbial ‘really good’ science-fiction movie” (2001: A Space Odyssey of course!)
And as with many classics, so it is with 2001: A Space Odyssey, that the behind-the-scenes stories are equally fascinating.
“History does not reveal its alternatives”. Thankfully, we have alternate histories. Here’s just some of them.
Democracy in the age of Information: A spotlight on Infomocracy, and a Q&A with its author Malka Older
An overview of Infomocracy, the sci-fi political thriller about the future of democracy in an age of Information; with an exclusive Q&A with its author, Malka Older.
Speaking of Stephen Hawking, the sci-fi fan who played poker with Einstein and Newton, and threw a party for time travellers
A brief history of Stephen Hawking and his love of sci-fi & pop culture including the one bit of his work he wished science fiction writers would use (they haven’t, yet).
Here then, are just some works from Indian women writers whose SF you should definitely be reading – if you haven’t already that is!
Hailed by Michael Moorcock, Harlan Ellison et al, Hitler’s science-fantasy book is only available thanks to Norman Spinrad’s The Iron Dream, which comes with a scholarly afterword by NYU’s Homer Whipple.
Secrets are lies. Privacy is theft. All your data is belong to us. Every move you make, every step you take, I’ll be watching you.
The list of books I’d recommend to someone who wants to start reading sci-fi has now ben updated, with this tale from a master storyteller telling a different kind of sci-fi story.
From Bengal and Maharashtra, to Karnataka, Assam, and Tamil Nadu, a brief overview of Indian scientists and their contribution to science fiction literature.