Fantasy, science fiction, and the future of derp.

| June 13, 2015

I have read some stupid assertions about Science Fiction and Fantasy over the years.  As I have internet access, this is inevitable.  People say idiotic things occasionally.  Then I read this from the Daily Kos, and watched as the bullshit  reached such a density that the article collapsed through it’s own event horizon until the […]

Utopias are scary

| June 5, 2015

So SF Signal led me to a review of a rather odd play with the provocative title (review title, not play title) “Why Are So Many Fictional Utopias as Terrifying as Dystopias?” This is a subject I’ve touched on before.  But the review’s author hits on something I haven’t touched on, one that should be seriously […]

A random thought about SFF and sexual politics

| June 3, 2015

Two things converged in my head recently. I didn’t comment about the whole Game of Thrones rape kerfuffle last month.  Mostly because I don’t watch Game of Thrones. But the controversy about it seemed (to me) to spring from a deep conflict between the contemporary ethos of sexual morality and a fiction portraying a world that does not share […]

Utopias again

| December 7, 2010

So Charlie Stross has posted a lament about the dearth of Utopias in SF of late.  If you follow my blog, you may already have a good idea of what I think about that.  There are several issues I have with his post. (Probably all having to do with us being so politically opposed to […]

Two Bloggers twig onto the dark side of Utopianism

| October 3, 2010

So Scalzi opines on Atlas Shrugged (which I’m currently reading for the first time, via a 64-hour long audiobook.  If you’re curious, the book that filled the Atlas Shrugged slot in my teenage-reader political awakening was the Illuminatus! Trilogy.  Yeah, I’m weird that way.) and while I don’t have a lot to say about his […]

Elizabeth Moon and the Category Problem of Extremist Islam

| September 23, 2010

Elizabeth Moon upset a lot of people over the week and a half by posting about citizenship, the 9/11 attacks, and the proposed Cordoba cultural center a few blocks from Ground Zero. As she said about building the cultural center, she “should have been able to predict that this would upset a lot of people.” […]

Keep Your Laws off my Starship

| August 6, 2010

I tend to write libertarian-themed Space Opera, which means that when I read this recent blog post by Charlie Stross, I had a bit of a reaction.  Here’s the money quote: “In other words: space colonization is implicitly incompatible with both libertarian ideology and the myth of the American frontier.” Okay then.  I guess it […]

Meta Politics

| October 16, 2009

Thought that, instead of my normal rant on current events, I’d go and post a little bit about some first principles.  This is by way of explaining why my friend Maureen calls my politics “weird.”  Usually, a preface like that leads to some moral calculation of why this system is good and that system is […]

Running away from Utopia

| September 23, 2009

Anyone following my blog should realize I have a strong libertarian streak, which may in fact confuse some people who’ve read my Hostile Takeover books and/or Prophets. The planet Bakunin plays a central role throughout, and while it has a functioning anarcho-capitalist society, its not portrayed as a shining Heinleinesque utopia of the competent man, […]

A rivalry made for SF

| August 6, 2009

Prepare yourself for the great Libertarian/Transhumanist cage match.  And here you can read about the resulting internet kerfuffle.  Sort of the philosophical equivalent of a flame-war between furries and trekkies.