Tag Archives: Science Fiction

Notes on Literature: British Genre Fiction

“We don’t have to think about what we like, but thinking can be part of our pleasure, rather than opposed to it.” — From an article in The Guardian by Michael Wood “… fairy was delusion, so was the law. At any … Continue reading

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Notes on TV Shows: Doctor Who

“The further in you go, the bigger it gets.” — From Little, Big by John Crowley I haven’t followed the Doctor Who series a lot and have only ever watched a couple of episodes. However, the fascination that even the … Continue reading

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Notes on Literature / Quotes: Radio Sets, Steampunk

I have written before (here) about what I believe underlies the enduring pop-cultural fascination with the speculative/alternate-historical fiction genre known as Steampunk. My opinion in a nutshell is this: In a world where the technologies driving it are fast becoming … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Long Earth

A sequence of strange, striking scenes opens The Long Earth. The most unique among these, and certainly the most poignant, is a solitary childbirth—a childbirth so solitary that, for a brief moment, the new-born child is the only conscious being … Continue reading

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Notes on Reading: Varieties of Reading Experience!

Over the years I’ve come to realise that I read a book or, more generally, a class of books best when I’m truly ready for them. How do I know if I’m truly ready? Or rather how do I become … Continue reading

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Notes on Literature: On John Crowley’s ‘Little, Big’

This set of thoughts was prompted by Professor (of Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin) Jordan Ellenberg’s post (over at his wonderful blog, the whimsically named QUOMODOCUMQUE) on John Crowley, Little, Big, and Engine Summer. He has this to say: … Continue reading

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Links and Quotes: A Magnificent Blog (Quirky and Opinionated)

MAGNIFICENT OCTOPUS (INKY AND TENTACLED) (!) is a blog by Isabella Kratynski. I’d been following it for some time and then, somehow, lost touch. I rediscovered it when I joined Twitter recently and realised, again, how much I loved Isabella’s … Continue reading

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