District of Wonders

I have been listening to StarShipSofa, the Hugo Award winning science fiction podcast, for years. It has always thrilled me with great science fiction audio stories, fact articles and Tony C. Smith's contagious enthusiasm for the genre. Tony has launched three companion podcasts for horror, pulp and mystery stories and they all have the kinds…

Science Fiction In Africa

In June, the BBC program Your World showcased science fiction in Africa in the episode "Is Science Fiction Coming to Africa?". I finally listened to the downloadable version today and enjoyed it very much. Science fiction's unmatched role in exploring human lives and our intersection with philosophy and technology seems perfectly suited to exposing vast…

For the Win

Cory Doctorow's For the Win is a young adult novel that explores unions, economics and gaming through a very accessible, engaging and exciting story of gold farmers becoming unionized. Cory's writing always carries tremendous energy, even when he is addressing big ideas —such as the value of unions, how economic activities work or the importance…

Fragmentation, or Ten Thousand Goodbyes

This week Clarkesworld Magazine published Tom Crosshill's "Fragmentation, or Ten Thousand Goodbyes", a beautiful meditation on impermanence. The recent death of my mother and years of studying Buddhist interpretations of impermanence have made the story's exploration of memory, change and grieving tremendously meaningful for me. It's a great example of how science fiction, at its…

Ectopiary

Ectopiary is a surrealistic comic filled with mystery, science fiction and weirdness. Tonight I greedily read the 59 pages that have been published so far; Hans Rickheit is releasing the webcomic as beautiful weekly single page updates, and the slow pace means that catching up with it is easy. The story is strange and just…

Dresden Codak

Dresden Codak is my new favourite webcomic. Aaron Diaz creates comics that are a wonderful mix of transhumanist, geeky, philosophical and science fictional strangeness. His art is superb, on the level of Skydoll or Good-bye, Chunky Rice, two of the finest comics I've read.The central stories are beautiful, but some of the most enjoyable parts…