I Reject Your Reality And Substitute My Own (2019/06/25 08:00)
The power to visualize something well is not the same as the power to enact it well. In a world ruled by images, it's hard to remember that.
Future Schlock (2018/12/21 08:00)
On how SF tries to imagine the future, and how that needs to be more than uplift or doomsaying.
The Monster Mash (2017/12/03 08:00)
"...you can a mash lot of orcs and unicorns and intergalactic wars together without actually imagining anything."
Alternativity Dept. (2017/01/23 08:00)
Every picture tells (me) a story.
To Cut The Drum Open (And See What Makes It Go Bang) Dept. (2016/02/08 06:00)
There are times when you want to keep the mystery, and there are times when you don't.
Nightmares And Madmen Dept. (2016/02/06 03:00)
When you replace the "nightmare" with "insanity", what happens?
No Such Thing As Bad Publicity Either, Right? Dept. (2014/10/25 10:00)
Why "any reading is good reading" is not a great defense of reading.
Get In Line Dept. (2014/09/05 10:00)
On the creative trap of First, Second, No Good.
Page Down Dept. (2014/07/05 10:00)
Not every book is a first draft for a movie. Or should be.
Lead, Follow, Or Get A Life Dept. (2013/12/15 10:00)
On "I don't want to have to follow an artist that I have to lead."
Abuse Your Illusion Dept. (2013/11/01 10:00)
On the use and abuse of escapism.
Something I Never Knew I Wanted Dept. (2013/08/16 10:00)
Why, as a fan, sometimes it's best not to get just what you want.
Prefab-o-formula Dreaming Dept. (2013/07/27 10:00)
Isn't it tiresome how so much SF looks like it rolled off the same assembly line?
What If My Beard Were Made Of Green Spinach? You'll Never Get Anywhere What-Iffing About Like That Dept. (2013/07/12 10:00)
The power of imagination requires grounding.
DIY Or Die Dept. (2013/06/30 10:00)
"Write the book you want to read." What if you don't know how?
Dream A Little Dream (Or A Great Big One) Dept. (2013/06/05 10:00)
More on imagination not just being about making stuff up.
Raw Shock Blot Dept. (2013/04/19 04:00)
Suspension of disbelief: exercise for the brain.
No Difference, Except The Feet Are A Little Bit Off The Ground Dept. (2013/04/08 10:00)
Please suspend your disbelief. It'll do us both a world of good.
Closing The Mind's Eye Dept. (2012/12/16 10:00)
Is "reality" in entertainment overrated?
Imagine How It Would Be Dept. (2012/07/02 10:00)
On "escapism" vs. what's really often meant by that word: imagination.
Making It Up As We Go Dept. (2012/03/05 10:00)
Fiction isn't just about making stuff up. SF is even less about such things.
Science fiction, rebooted.
New York City
Other Lives Of The Mind