New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson

– By J.W. Fox – Kim Stanley Robinson is a perfect example of an author who uses fiction as a means of articulating his political opinions. Look no further than his latest novel,New York 2140. Sadly, the novel is a failure both as a work of fiction and political commentary. The best way to describe […]

Trekonomics by Manu Saadia

– By J.W. Fox – There are countless books about Star Trek out there, but if you were interested in reading about the economics of the future, there is only one. Academic and longtime Trekkie Manu Saadia examines the economic system of the United Federation of Planets in his book Trekonomics: The Economics of Star […]

Thoughtcrime 036: Star Trek Turns 50!

  It is the 50th anniversary of the series premiere of Star Trek the Original Series. I take some time to look back on the top franchise in the science fiction genre and what it has meant to me as a fan and as a writer. The epic space opera franchise holds a special place […]

Humans an Insightful Take on a Very Old Story

  – By J.W. Fox – Isaac Asimov’s robot stories gave birth to an entire subgenre of science fiction, one that remains popular seventy years later. Unfortunately, recent robot/AI movies, TV shows, and novels have largely lacked depth, doing little to advance beyond his groundbreaking work. Last year, there was one very notable exception: the […]

New Sci Fi Releases This Week 4/17

Here are a few new releases in science fiction that caught our attention. The vast majority are from small presses or are self-published with the occasional title from a big publisher sprinkled in. These are handpicked based on customer reviews, plot summary, author, or just our gut feeling. If you are a self-published author or […]

Archangel by Marguerite Reed

– By Jacob Foxx – When a book makes the reader work just to keep up with the story, it can be frustrating. Some authors like to throw all sorts of neologisms, strange characters, and unique ideas at a reader without much context. Archangel is a tough read at times but possesses some unique ideas […]

The Water Knife by Paolo Baciagalupi

– By Jacob Foxx – Many of us purists prefer post-apocalyptic stories the portray realistic nightmare scenarios, sparing no details when it comes to the harsh conditions we may encounter in our future. Paolo Bacigalupi is one of the best examples of a purist post-apocalyptic author. In The Water Knife, Bacigalulpi delivers another post-apocalyptic thriller […]

Writing with an Agenda

– Paulie Spiceflow – What is the difference between thoughtful social commentary and blatant political propaganda? Science fiction authors often try to do one but end up doing the other. Some works become literary classics while others are dismissed as preachy, shameless propaganda and fall into irrelevance. Why does some social science fiction novels thrive […]