Frank Herbert’s Dune: “Thou shalt not make a machine in the likeness of a human mind.”

This was actually one of the first articles I wrote on this blog way back in 2011. It had an overhaul in 2016 or thereabouts and now, with the new film due, a second revamp. Science fiction is often about technology, yet there are some fictional universes where some technologies we take for granted areContinue reading “Frank Herbert’s Dune: “Thou shalt not make a machine in the likeness of a human mind.””

Reflecting on Climate Change Disaster Fiction with 2018’s Heat Wave

The Japanese government has declared it a national disaster; the far Eastern country has seen temperatures more in line with the middle east. Here in the UK, we are set to have the hottest and driest summer since 1976. Some time in the next few days, we were expecting to experience the hottest average temperatureContinue reading “Reflecting on Climate Change Disaster Fiction with 2018’s Heat Wave”

A Coming of Age Story Perfect for Spring

Despite that spring is my favourite season, it seems that I’ve written few stories set during the three months between the end of March and June. It’s a period that defines new life, a new start, new beginnings and people tend to be blessed with a certain air of positivity and relaxation. Spring for meContinue reading “A Coming of Age Story Perfect for Spring”

How Will The Walking Dead End?

By now, we have probably all seen the explosive and shocking season 7 opener. For most of us, perhaps the revelation of precisely whom Negan killed did not come as a surprise (don’t worry, I won’t spoil it). Since last season, I think there has been a general feeling that The Walking Dead had becomeContinue reading “How Will The Walking Dead End?”

Social Commentary in Science Fiction: Mockingjay

I know I have already written a post on The Hunger Games but here I want to write specifically about the final book/film where everything changes and the story is brought to a satisfactory conclusion (well, for some). Though it follows the same theme of celebrity culture, there are other elements that make this finalContinue reading “Social Commentary in Science Fiction: Mockingjay”

Short Story: Buried Beneath the Moon’s Surface

Remember last week’s flash fiction piece where I said I had so many ideas through my dreams? Yeah that, well it happened again this week and I wasn’t even asleep. I was vaguely drifting off when I exclaimed to my girlfriend “it happened again” and proceeded to tell her – well, it was about threeContinue reading “Short Story: Buried Beneath the Moon’s Surface”

Motivation and Character: X-Men’s Trask

I finally saw X-Men: Days of Future Past yesterday and thought it was awesome. I expected it to be the final instalment in a series that lasted twelve years and seven films with a few that never came to pass (the Origins spin-off series faltered with Wolverine yet what we got in its place – First Class –Continue reading “Motivation and Character: X-Men’s Trask”

Obsolescence – Pitfall of a Sci Fi Writer

Technologies rise and fall and sci fi is the one genre above all other where projected new technologies can quickly become anachronistic. Today’s post a day is about just that – obsolescence – except I’m going to briefly discuss one of the biggest problems of writing science fiction. Read any sci fi books from the 1950s andContinue reading “Obsolescence – Pitfall of a Sci Fi Writer”

Steampunk as Counter Culture

So, last weekend I read, absorbed and reviewed Jeff Vandermeer’s The Steampunk Bible. Something that Vandermeer hinted at through the text and something that was far more blatant in the afterthought written by Jake von Slatt got me thinking, it concerned how perhaps people are drawn to steampunk as a reaction against the nature ofContinue reading “Steampunk as Counter Culture”