Category: Other columns

Barricade Blog Tour Blogs Blog

I thought I would post something about last year’s Barricade Blog Tour, when it was my great privilege to produce a number of articles for the good and the great of SFF bloggery. I think I most enjoyed writing those pieces which expanded the world of Barricade – adding a little more detail to Kenstibec’s…




Science and fiction: why we need dystopia

Every now and then another article appears about a scientist, futurist or engineer who has a beef with gloomy scifi. The latest I’ve encountered appeared in Wired Magazine, where Professor Keith Hjelmstad lamented the “wet blanket” effect that dystopian science fiction apparently has on scientific innovation. My instinctive reaction to such claims is part surprise,…