Want to Understand Arizona's Immigration Law? Read "The Cold Equations"

Despite being written in 1954, Tom Godwin's "The Cold Equations" is shockingly relevant to today's world. A space noir, it's a claustrophobic look at a spacecraft with some doomed extra (and very human) baggage. » 5/15/10 2:00pm 5/15/10 2:00pm

Meet Ben Francisco's "Tio Gilberto" And His Friendly Ghosts

James, of Ben Francisco's "Tio Gilberto and the Twenty-Seven Ghosts", plans on spending an idyllic summer in the Castro, only to run into complications, both romantic and otherworldly. An interesting take on the supernatural, plus we interview the author! » 5/08/10 11:30am 5/08/10 11:30am

"Tideline" Is Scifi's Answer To The Giving Tree

In scifi, the robot-human relationship is often a relationship that must be watched keenly, as machines with self-awareness cannot be trusted. Elizabeth Bear's beautiful story, "Tideline", doesn't deal with master-slave relationships. Rather, its themes echo a Shel Silverstein children's classic. » 5/01/10 1:00pm 5/01/10 1:00pm

In "Above It All," Reaching For the Stars Won't Help Anybody

Robert J. Sawyer's "Above it All" is a horror story that takes place on the Mir spaceship. What makes Sawyer's choice of venue odd is the year the story was written, 1996. What's so significant about this year? » 4/24/10 11:45am 4/24/10 11:45am

The Tick- both animated and live action versions. Especially the episode where the Tick and Arthur lose their arms. That one's freaky-deaky. » 4/21/10 5:34pm 4/21/10 5:34pm

Is The Universe The Creation Of Asimov's Bored Robot?

For this installment of Weekend Short Story Club, we'll be looking at Isaac Asimov's "The Last Question." Short stories are an oft-forgotten part of literature, and "The Last Question" showcases every reason why they should stay relevant. » 4/17/10 1:00pm 4/17/10 1:00pm

Welcome To Weekend Short Story Club. You Will Be Assimilated.

The main problem with a book club, of course, is getting the book. Even in this iPad/Kindle era, it still costs money to get the darn thing. But with Weekend Short Story Club, we're taking the free culture route. » 4/10/10 10:00am 4/10/10 10:00am

The Hip-Hop-SciFi Connection In 5 Easy Videos

At first glance, your average Biggie verse doesn't have much in common with Isaac Asimov. But when you look closer, the connections between hip hop and scifi really aren't so hard to find. Here's a primer, with five visual examples. » 4/04/10 10:00am 4/04/10 10:00am

That's a video I recorded at a Surfer Blood show. I've watched it a couple times since I've uploaded it, and it always makes me smile/nod my head aggressively. I'm so glad I captured that moment, with that crazy drumming. » 3/18/10 11:50pm 3/18/10 11:50pm

Hamilton. You're a proud leftist. That's awesome. I'm one too. But the fact is that you can't compare Dead Prez and Jay-Z. Jay is the Saints, Dead Prez are Real Salt Lake. The two are playing different games, with different intent. What you're saying is like saying Eddie Vedder is a shit guitarist compared to Django… » 3/16/10 3:40pm 3/16/10 3:40pm

How BioShock 2 Pushes Gaming Forward

It's tough to follow up a game like BioShock, because it went to a plateau games rarely touch- emotion and cognitive thinking. In other words, art. Where do you go once you've reached the top? Spoilers for both BioShocks below. » 3/06/10 2:00pm 3/06/10 2:00pm

As for the last one, that's the method The Party uses in 1984 to kill Winston. He's not begging for death, but the whole point of putting him on random subcommittees, giving him a good life, was just for their own amusement, to prove that the state could triumph over all. It's pretty terrifying. » 3/01/10 8:46pm 3/01/10 8:46pm

Having just read Shirley's two blog posts, I feel very confident calling him either completely ignorant or a racist, probably both. Reading his posts, one would assume that the Haitian people just decided it would be easier to be lazy and poor then work hard, as opposed to being screwed by the world- and yes,… » 1/31/10 7:46pm 1/31/10 7:46pm