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Brexit and Bold as Love

Bold as Love

Some years back, I stumbled across Gwyneth Jones’s Bold as Love, an amazing novel that begins with the break-up of the UK and ends up replacing the royal family with rockstars while merging science fiction with fantasy. I quickly became … Continue reading

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BVC Announces The Shadow Conspiracy Vol. III ed. Phyllis Irene Radford & Brenda W. Clough

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In the world of the Shadow Conspiracy, where the human soul has proven to be measurable and transferable to an automaton, the question arises: is the robot a person?

The Emancipation Proclamation of January 1863 freed all the slaves in the states in rebellion against the Federal Government. What if that same document freed ensouled automata as well?

This third volume of the Shadow Conspiracy has seven stories that examine the question of humanity. We take you from an observation hot air balloon above the siege of Vicksburg to the soul-grinding Battle of the Crater, from simple farm folk who call themselves Friends, to the mysticism of Marie Laveau and Voudon. Our award winning authors ask the age-old question of what makes us human, what is the nature of slavery, and who deserves freedom? Only you can provide the answers. Continue reading

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Consideration of Works Past and Present: The Man in the High Castle

(Pictures from here and here.) I have this nasty habit of bringing up Philip K Dick in any SF conversation with the slightest pretext. Other people like Heinlein or Asimov or Bacigalupi—which I do as well. Don’t get me wrong. … Continue reading

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A Few Words and Pictures on WisCon 40

Nancy Jane as Space Babe

This is how I started this year’s WisCon: posing as Space Babe with a “blaster” in front of universe art, doing my best to look formidable and intimidating. Once again, I was housed on the 13th floor of the Madison … Continue reading

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BVC Announces Contact Imminent by Kristine Smith

Contact Imminent by Kristine Smith

Human-idomeni relations. Never smooth. Worsening by the day. Continue reading

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Bicentennial Man: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough This movie came out in 1999, and I am sorry to report that I only saw it last fall. It is fairly faithfully based upon the award-winning novella from 1976 that we probably all have read, … Continue reading

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TOO LIKE THE LIGHTNING, and the Enchantment of Narrative Digression

                    I was recently rereading Maria Edgeworth’s two famous Irish novels, Castle Rackrent,  and The Absentee. Castle Rackrent was her first novel, and her shortest—and some consider it her best. The … Continue reading

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Fear Not the Skynet

(Picture from here.) I’ve been hearing for a long time the perils of strong AI— a general purpose implementation of artificial intelligence. It will bootstrap itself to become so much more intelligent to the maximum of its resources. It will … Continue reading

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BVC Announces Law of Survival by Kristine Smith

Jani Kilian finally has her life under control. Discharged from the Service, she’s become an important player in negotiations with the alien idomeni.

But when a classified report containing revelations about past crimes comes to light, Jani realizes that old enemies still seek to destroy her. Continue reading

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A Weekend With Donna Haraway

Donna Haraway

My best time at FOGcon came on the first night. First I listened to a riveting interview Brad Lyau conducted with Science Guest of Honor Donna Haraway. Then I participated in a panel on the economic singularity, which went well. … Continue reading

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