Category Archives: Opinions

The Hyperion Cantos: A Retrospective

In my most recent reread of the Hyperion Cantos, I paid closer attention to the author’s prose and technique.  I already knew the story, the characters, and the twists, but given how multilayered the prose is, with subtle twists that … Continue reading

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Chengdu Worldcon: Hugo Awards with an Asterisk

Last year’s Worldcon took place in Chengdu, China.  For obvious reasons, I skipped participating as a supporting member, so I did neither nominate nor vote for Hugo Awards.  In fact, I ignored the ballot completely, and instead focused on reducing … Continue reading

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Opinion: How the Ukraine War Changed My Perception of Science Fiction

Science fiction is fiction, not a textbook or current affairs work.  Still, there are many subgenres, some of which are set in the real world, while others draw their timeline from the present time.  Of course, there are plenty of … Continue reading

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Omelas in the times of Covid-19

Ursula K. Le Guinn’s The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas is one of the best-known short stories in all fiction.  It won the 1974 Hugo Award, but it’s not necessarily fantasy or science fiction.  The term “philosophical fiction” is … Continue reading

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Why I Maintain This Blog

For my 100th article in this blog, I decided to do something different.  I’ll try to articulate why I’m actually putting an effort in this blog, what I’m trying to achieve, and what I don’t care much about.  Nothing here … Continue reading

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A few notes on Sci-Phi: Science Fiction as Philosophy by David Kyle Johnson (Great Courses)

Great Courses has a few very good lectures on Science Fiction.  So far, I’ve found all of them very insightful, inspirational and even aspirational.  This one is no exception: the depth of analysis Johnson performs on movies and TV shows … Continue reading

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On the Importance of Beds in Science Fiction

Humans spend about a third of their lives sleeping.  Quality of our sleep may vary, but we are creatures of comfort, and prefer a good sleep over a bad one.  This may sound self-evident, but apparently, it’s not always so.  … Continue reading

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Musings on Recent Hugo Award Winners (and Why I Didn’t Vote for Them)

It’s no coincidence that the following text reads like the ramblings of an old man who is struggling to understand the current generation.  It’s exactly that.  In the next few paragraphs I’ll try to verbalize why all of my Hugo … Continue reading

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