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The Dangers of Star Trek Fundamentalism

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You know how people sometimes say that Trek is like a religion? They talk about it’s optimism, their faith in its view of the future and the human spirit, they natter on about what is and isn’t ’canonical,’ the true believers dress in silly vestments and call themselves “Trekers’ to differentiate themselves from casual fans and from the lower-caste “Trekies.” They have revival meetings they call ‘conventions,‘ where they can recharge their batteries in the presence of like-minded believers.

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In Defence of Steampunk (Not that it needs me to defend it…)

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As you’ve probably surmised over the past few months, I’m all about the Steampunk. Here’s an editorial about a guy who’s totally opposed to Steampunk, but it’s worth reading. http://www.designobserver.com/archives/entry.html?id=38776 Personally, I think there's a couple points being missed here:

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Pretentious People Refuse To Admit Things They Like Are Science Fiction

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I like science fiction, right? No big question about that. I’m an unrepentant geek, and I have been for as long as I can remember. (Though my memory isn’t quite as good as it probably would have been, had I not received so many beatings from the other kids when I was young, all of them because I was a geek. I probably had it coming to me.) The point being that I’m sort of biased towards SF the way most guys are biased towards football or NASCAR: I just love it, and there’s no real reason why.

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Legendary Science Fiction Author Stanislaw Lem Rags On Science Fiction As A Genre

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“In the Science Fiction of today, there is not the slightest chance that genuine myths and theologies might arise, because the thing itself is a bastard of myths gone to the dogs. The science fiction of today resembles a ‘Graveyard of Gravity,’ in which the subgenre of literature that promised the cosmos to mankind dreams away its defeat in onanistic delusions and chimeras – onanistic because they are anthropocentric. The task of the science-fiction author of today is as easy as that of the pornographer, and in the same way.

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I've Not Seen The Watchmen, But I've Got Some Morbid Curiosity

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I love The Watchmen comic - excuse me, Graphic Novel. I love it so much that and I kind of think the attempt to even make a movie based on it is kind of misguided. As such, I've not seen it, but I've been talking to R2 about it extensively, but I do have some questions if anyone is interested in getting a discussion going.

1) Does the threat of Armageddeon in 1985 really work in 2009?

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EDITORIAL: Why are we turning our backs on space?

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Republicans started the American Space Program (Eisenhower, specifically), but I realize the Democrats (Kennedy, specifically) really started the space race going, and the Republicans (Nixon, specifically) ended it, but have you noticed a trend since then?

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EDITORIAL: What separates good SF from bad? And is Pulp even SF to begin with?

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For the last six weeks or so,I've been thinking about SF a lot lately. Obviously, I'm a fan, but I've also had a really bad cold for six weeks and also I've kind of been goaded in this direction by some literary criticism I've been reading by other SF writers, and I've hit on something that's an interesting paradox in SF, or at least in pulp SF. As I'm suddenly feeling better for the first time in three fortnights, I thought I'd regale you of i
 

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