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Originally, this article was meant to be different.  I was going to examine two approaches to science fiction.  One focusing more on action, adventure, and an exciting story, and the other on ideas about society, technology, and the future.  Most stories feature both elements, but have a very clear focus preference.  And yet, the more […]

When writing about the future, authors have three choices.  They can describe a world as hopeful and flawed as the present one.  They can create a more utopian world, where life is better and humans have solved some of their eternal problems.  Lastly, they can build a relative dystopia, where daily existence is a struggle […]

One of the more striking aspects of how science fiction has changed over time is the lack of works that appeal to younger fans.  Think back, dear reader, to the first books and authors in the genre that really grabbed your attention.  In my case, it was Heinlein.  Not only his famous series of juveniles […]

In science fiction and fantasy, whether employing images or words, creators are always looking for big ideas.  A killer premise, a brilliant spin on a standard story, or something wholly fresh and unique.  And while there are no shortage of movies and books that possess those, it’s not nearly as necessary as one initially believes. […]

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