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Why do lit-ah-rary types look down on SF?

[Editor’s Note: Some of the images below and through the links may not be appropriate for children.] So what is it about science fiction that causes “literary” types to look down upon it? Like any genre, SF has its bad and good. No scratch that, like any writing, there is both bad and good. …

Guest Post: Why Aren’t There Aliens at Your Local Christian Bookstore? by Mike Lynch

It’s been said everyone has at least one book in them. Perhaps this is an overstatement, but I would venture to guess that most people have wondered at one time or another if they had it within them to write the Great American Novel. The unfortunate truth is that for nearly all aspiring …

Nope, No Styx References here…

When we hear the name “Japan”, we all have those images–the kimono, the katana, the armless, legless child-robots. Image: Osaka University and ATR Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories In America, I dare say most of us see that and freak the heck out.  In Japan, apparently, they see that and feel a warm, nonthreatening presence.  A friend, in …

Speculative Fiction and the Value of the Formula

In book reviewing and literary analysis the term “formula” or “formulaic” has become something of a mild pejorative. To have your novel or short story deemed formulaic is to have your novel be dismissed as not a worthwhile read, you are seen as being commercially motivated, and usually as lacking any creativity in your writing. This …