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.””

Angry About GDPR? Don’t Be – It’s There to Protect You

On Friday, citizens of all European Union member states woke up to a new regulation to protect their data. It had been building for weeks; no doubt most of you had received requests in your inboxes for permission to continue to hold your data from organisations you’d long given up trying to unsubscribe. There is someContinue reading “Angry About GDPR? Don’t Be – It’s There to Protect You”

Gutenberg Bible Could Destroy Book Trade Within 20 Years

I wrote this article a couple of years ago on my science blog ILPPS when it was revealed that booksellers were losing ground to ebooks. There was a lot of hand wringing, including accusations (and still the persistent belief) that ebooks are not real books. They are here to stay and most book lovers appreciateContinue reading “Gutenberg Bible Could Destroy Book Trade Within 20 Years”

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”