The debate over whether SF is literature or genre fiction is ultimately far less important than the fact that such novels and movies have long challenged us to rethink not only what is possible, but also what is desirable about our collective future -- with or without sunglasses.
My Woshin Mashin sounds like a goofy name. For Hugo Simons and his wife, Bibi Tulin, it's a name the electronic duo created for their band. They came up with it by using what they call their mythical language, known as Mawamian, mingled with English.
With the technology out of the incubator and in our living rooms, Silicon Valley's mouthpieces are becoming increasingly comfortable generating hype about the exciting new world it will create. Get ready for a "more information-rich, more navigable, more interesting, more fun" existence.
Murray's new body of work, entitled Dystopia, marks the artist's darkest most soul-bearing work to date. It's as though this newfound inner peace and strength enabled a large memory store of emotion to be unleashed.
For me, reading YA is like having a candy bar in the middle of my lifelong diet. Here are my top picks for grown-ups who sometimes wish they could recapture their teen years or who just like reading about adolescence.
In a consumer society where alternative food networks and associations have been built on the premise that we can change the food system one meal at the time and that eating is an agricultural act, Katniss' adventures remind us that, after all, we are poachers in somebody else's territory.
The Hunger Games, The Chemical Garden Trilogy, Uglies and The Year of the Flood are just some titles that seem to reflect negative stories that have dominated headlines. In between the grim news, we've started to see a swing in the pendulum of science fiction.
Through Bunraku, an archly-stylized swordplay fantasy, Josh Hartnett returns to the genre spotlight. This computer-enhanced tale revolves around a "Man with No Name," and draws heavily on Samurai and Western tropes in an alternate-world dystopia.
In the not too distant future of Anna North's debut novel, Darcy lives on the island of America Pacifica -- one of the last habitable places on earth after the second ice age. I spoke with her about the politics of her novel, and science-fiction.