Thoughts onScience Fiction
- Ancillary Justice
Can there ever be a just empire?
- The Peripheral
Might catastrophe be used as a form of population control?
Information wants to be promiscuous.
- The Forever War
For many returning from war, they might as well be returning to another planet.
- A History of the Future in 100 Objects
The future will be a lot like the present, only more.
- The Left Hand of Darkness
You can learn a lot from what makes you uncomfortable, if you can just get over that discomfort.
- Black Mirror
Does technology amplify the ugliest aspects of humanity, or merely reveal them?
- Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom
The future might be dramatically different from the present while still recognizably the same.
- The Dispossessed
Freedom is rarely something you simply have or lose. More often, the prices of some freedoms are others.
- Pump Six
Our species can barely handle the present day: how the hell are we going to handle the future?
- Terminal World
What if disturbances in the fabric of spacetime enforced technological disparities between parts of a city?
Language is power.
- 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.
- Snow Crash
Everything is a virus.
- The Windup Girl
If our species doesn't survive, it will be because we didn't deserve to.