You never see/read any cyberpunk futures where people have cutlasses. Which is weird because in practice they’re the same thing as katana: a one-sided shortish sword mainly intended for slashing with. Or, it’s just been suggested to me, an Indian tulwar. Which, like a cutlass, has better hand protection than a katana. A near-future full […]Read more "Katana and Science Fiction"
So I picked up a copy of Starship Troopers a while back and I’m most the way through reading it. My SF-reading pals typically divide into two groups: ‘Read Troopers, it’s a classic’ and ‘keep well clear of its fascist ass’. Way I see it, anything that divisive earns at least a looksie. Generally speaking, […]Read more "Starship Troopers: Full Metal Homoeroticism"
Another Summer another Hugo Awards. Those of you familiar with recent Hugos will know how this time-honoured award (and very good thing) has been under a fair amount of pressure these last few years, being trolled by a bunch B.O-ridden shit-kickers calling themselves the Rabid Puppies (and their more moderate pals, the Sad Puppies, who […]Read more "Chuck Tingle: SF’s Lord Of Misrule"
That’s the title of an article I’ve just put up on Medium, where all the groovy kids are these days. It originally appeared in Clarion’s e-mail bulletin thingy. Go on: get over there fast as a tiger on vaseline…Read more "What Bowie Can Teach Us About Writing SF"