Thoughts onScience Fiction

  1. Ancillary Justice

    Can there ever be a just empire?

  2. The Peripheral

    Might catastrophe be used as a form of population control?

  3. Anathem

    Information wants to be promiscuous.

  4. The Forever War

    For many returning from war, they might as well be returning to another planet.

  5. A History of the Future in 100 Objects

    The future will be a lot like the present, only more.

  6. The Left Hand of Darkness

    You can learn a lot from what makes you uncomfortable, if you can just get over that discomfort.

  7. Black Mirror

    Does technology amplify the ugliest aspects of humanity, or merely reveal them?

  8. Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom

    The future might be dramatically different from the present while still recognizably the same.

  9. The Dispossessed

    Freedom is rarely something you simply have or lose. More often, the prices of some freedoms are others.

  10. Pump Six

    Our species can barely handle the present day: how the hell are we going to handle the future?

  11. Terminal World

    What if disturbances in the fabric of spacetime enforced technological disparities between parts of a city?

  12. Embassytown

    Language is power.

  13. How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe

    If you could go back in time, you'd be the same schmuck you've always been, only younger.

  14. Snow Crash

    Everything is a virus.

  15. The Windup Girl

    If our species doesn't survive, it will be because we didn't deserve to.