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The Weekly Ansible, 50 Sci-Fi & Fantasy Works Every Socialist Should Read (by China Mieville)

The Weekly Ansible, 50 Sci-Fi & Fantasy Works Every Socialist Should Read (by China Mieville)

OMNI Magazine Collection : Free Texts From Wikipedia: OMNI was a science and science fiction magazine published in the US and the UK. It contained articles on science fact and short works of science fiction. OMNI was launched by Kathy Keeton, long-time companion and later wife of Penthouse magazine publisher Bob Guccione, who described the magazine in its first issue as "an original if not controversial mixture of science fact, fiction, fantasy and the paranormal". The magazine was initially edited by Frank Kendig, who left several months after the magazine's launch. In its early run, OMNI published a number of stories that have become genre classics, such as Orson Scott Card's "Unaccompanied Sonata", William Gibson's "Burning Chrome" and "Johnny Mnemonic", Harlan Ellison's novella "Mefisto in Onyx", and George R. OMNI entered the market at the start of a wave of new science magazines aimed at educated but otherwise "non-professional" readers. International editions of OMNI magazine were published in at least five markets.

10 of the Greatest Essays on Writing Ever Written If there’s one topic that writers can be counted on to tackle at least once in their working lives, it’s writing itself. A good thing too, especially for all those aspiring writers out there looking for a little bit of guidance. For some winter inspiration and honing of your craft, here you’ll find ten great essays on writing, from the classic to the contemporary, from the specific to the all-encompassing. Note: there are many, many, many great essays on writing. “Not-Knowing,” Donald Barthelme, from Not Knowing: the Essays and Interviews of Donald Barthelme. In which Barthelme, a personal favorite and king of strange and wonderful stories, muses on not-knowing, style, our ability to “quarrel with the world, constructively,” messiness, Mallarmé, and a thief named Zeno passed out wearing a chastity belt. “The not-knowing is crucial to art, is what permits art to be made.

Behold the incredible places where we'll build cities in space Another thought provoking article at io9. Europa is a must-go-now destination. Forget about the very entertaining film of the same name, I want to see a global effort to send a submersible probe, outfitted with a drill to find passage beneath it's icy surface, and I don't want to wait twenty years for this to happen. The exploration, militarization and colonization of our solar systems jurisdiction is "crucial" to the survival of our species. I like the idea of planetary bases, but if radiation is one of our largest enemies, maybe a synthetic atmosphere is a nice goal. If we create an artificial atmosphere, wouldn't that be the best shield to deflect radiation and even meteors? And yes, I know this is fanciful thinking, but so was the Star Trek communicator 40 years ago. Hmmm...

Writers and critics on the best books of 2013 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw (Fourth Estate) is a brilliant, sprawling, layered and unsentimental portrayal of contemporary China. It made me think and laugh. William Boyd By strange coincidence two of the most intriguing art books I read this year had the word "Breakfast" in their titles. Bill Bryson The Compatibility Gene by Daniel M Davis (Allen Lane) is an elegantly written, unexpectedly gripping account of how scientists painstakingly unravelled the way in which a small group of genes (known as MHC genes) crucially influence, and unexpectedly interconnect, various aspects of our lives, from how well we fight off infection to how skilfully we find a mate. Eleanor Catton My discovery of the year was Eimear McBride's debut novel A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing (Galley Beggar Press): in style, very similar to Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury, but the broken ellipses never feel like a gimmick or a game. Shami Chakrabarti Sarah Churchwell Jim Crace Roddy Doyle

Science Fiction Does Something Way Better Than Predict The Future Isn't it plausible to say it has created the future as well. SciFi has influenced so many people, maybe influenced some to the point where they wanted to create what they have loved for so long. Examples are everywhere, especially with our latest technology. Ofcourse it does that. Influence and inspiration is such a prime mover that it is bound to have consequences, both in the negative and the positive. Pick up a book like Stand on Zanzibar, and do a little research, and it is easy to find examples of people who took inspiration from there to ideas, and ultimately to processes of creation. But even on a more general / collective level, perspectives that become internalised by social dynamics, the group level of human perception, pave the road for those groups to create conditions and circumstances that follow (and fill) anticipations and expectations created by what and how groups internalise concepts.

50 Books That Define the Past Five Years in Literature Five years ago this month saw the publication of Roberto Bolaño’s 2666 in English — which made it one of those rare moments when you could walk into a coffee shop, step onto a bus, or enter a bookstore and find someone raving about or devouring an ambitious novel that topped a thousand pages. Bolaño’s posthumously published book topped almost every year-end list and signaled yet another shift in literary tastes, creating larger audiences for works in translation, historical storylines, and narrative complexity. The years since the publication of 2666 have been a strange but undeniably excellent time to be a fan of literature. Open City, Teju Cole (2012) It’s hard to believe that Cole only has only published a novella and this novel on the life and times of a Nigerian immigrant student, and not volumes and volumes of his prolific writings for such publications as The New Yorker, Granta, and the New York Times, but a novel this wonderful and fully realized will do (for now).

The Matrix Virtual Theatre Matrix Virtual Theatre Wachowski Brothers Transcript Nov. 6, 1999 Welcome to the first live Virtual Theatre presentation in the world! Tonight you'll be able to watch The Matrix with special guests Andy and Larry Wachowski, the creators of the film. WachowskiBros: Hi! ILoveNatPortman says: Can you give any information on the sequels, or even confirm their existence? blindrocket says: Do you practice Martial Arts? AgentMartin says: Why didn't you both do the commentary on the DVD, time restraints? Hiryu says: Which Anime inspired you the most and why? AgentMartin says: Is there anything in The Matrix which you weren't too happy with; wished you could have done differently? blindrocket says: Would you consider yourselves computer nerds? AgentMartin says: Were you excited about DVD as a medium for your movies to go to the homes of the masses? Enigma says: What is the role or faith in the movie? Peter says: Will there be a directors' cut of The Matrix with any deleted scenes or out-takes?

The 100 greatest novels of all time: The list | Books | The Observer 1. Don Quixote Miguel De CervantesThe story of the gentle knight and his servant Sancho Panza has entranced readers for centuries. • Harold Bloom on Don Quixote – the first modern novel 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. 51. 52. 53. 54. 55. 56. 57. 58. 59. 60. 61. 62. 63. 64. 65. 66. 67. 68 On the Road Jack Kerouac The Beat Generation bible.• Read more about Kerouac and his coterie in the Beats week special• David Mills' response to Beats Week 69. 70. 71. 72. 73. 74. 75. 76. 77. 78. 79. 80. 81. 82. 83. 84. 85. 86. 87. 88. 89. 90. 91. 92. 93. 94. 95. 96. 97. 98. 99. 100. Who did we miss? So, are you congratulating yourself on having read everything on our list or screwing the newspaper up into a ball and aiming it at the nearest bin?

5 Essential Frank Herbert Novels That Aren't About Dune There are probably several schools on this. One school (of which I'm a member) would be that God Emperor (the fourth book) basically jumped the shark (or maybe the shark was jumped somewhere in Children Of Dune, even) and that while Herbert may have been getting back into the driver's seat right before he died, Chapterhouse: Dune isn't really good enough to justify slogging through its two predecessors. So you can safely just read the first three books (Dune, Dune Messiah, Children Of Dune) and pretend the rest never happened. The second school, I believe, would be that God Emperor Of Dune is Frank Herbert's masterpiece (or something close to it) and you really need to read it (and Dune, of course), and then the remaining books in the original sextet become essential filler. As for the sequels and prequels co-authored by Frank Herbert's son, Brian, allegedly from Frank Herbert's notes: there's an even wider divide between people who think the Brian Herbert/Kevin J. Dune Heretics of Dune

15 Works of Dystopian Fiction Everyone Should Read Dystopian fiction has enjoyed a renaissance in these scary post-9/11 times, and the fact that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is sure to destroy all competition at the box office is a testament to the fact that, weirdly enough, fiction set in some post-apocalyptic world run by some totalitarian government has occupied the same place in the current cultural zeitgeist as otherworldly monsters like vampires and zombies. Although the books were initially written for teenagers, adults have helped make The Hunger Games a cultural phenomenon. Maybe the trilogy is not as iconic as George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, or Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 (all of which you should already have read), but it’s definitely required reading if you find yourself drawn to dystopian fiction. Invitation to a Beheading, Vladimir Nabokov

A Mosque Among The Stars available for free! | Islam and Science Fiction A Mosque Among The Stars was the first anthology that dealt with the subject of Muslim characters and/or Islamic themes and Science Fiction. It was edited by me (Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad) and the Canadian Muslim author Ahmad Khan. It came out in 2007. Now that it has been years since it was released in printed form, we have decided to release A Mosque Among The Stars to the public as a Creative Commons Licensed (Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs) book. Download the Book For the readers who are coming to this website for the first time be sure to check out my other sci-fi related Art-Project – Silicon Arabic.

Share Book Recommendations With Your Friends, Join Book Clubs, Answer Trivia Was poet John Milton the father of science fiction? Image from Wikimedia Commons Before an ominous two-handed engine called “budget constraints” smote it into oblivion, a movie adaption of Milton’s Paradise Lost was slated to arrive in 2013. Directed by Alex Proyas and starring Bradley Cooper as Satan, the film was billed as a science fiction actioner featuring 3-D “aerial warfare” between heavenly hosts and (probably) a lot of dark muttering about forbidden knowledge. Katy Waldman is a Slate assistant editor. Follow But that doesn’t mean we should forget Paradise Lost as the holidays roll in. Not to mention that the text of Paradise Lost is saturated in science. Also, Milton kinda sorta thought that extraterrestrial life might be possible. Then there’s Milton’s obsession with secret, all-powerful technologies. Yikes. And if you need more proof that John Milton inspired generations of sci-fi progeny, note that the creature in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein liked to read books.