Speculative Fiction (SF)

Science Fiction:


2017:



Nuanced SF: "Crackpot Palace - Stories" by Jeffrey Ford
Unreliability of Fiction: “The Devil You Know” by K. J. Parker
Unreliability in Fiction: "Blue and Gold" by K. J. Parker
Coruscating Beams of Force: "Exploring Science Through Science Fiction" by Barry B. Luokkala
Navel Gazing Novel: “Central Station” by Lavie Tidhar
Constipated SF: "The Iron Tactician" by Alastair Reynolds
Why Do Bad Films Happen to Good People: "Arrival" by Denis Villeneuve



2016:


Grittier and Darker Star Wars Spin-off: "Rogue One" by Gareth Edwards
Die Verfremdungseffekt: "All that Outer Space Allows" by Ian Sales
The Nature of Reality: "Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said" by Philip K. Dick
Reality-Transforming SF: "The Gradual" by Christopher Priest
Anarres vs. Urras - Ambiguous Walls: “The Dispossessed” by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Implausibility of Happenstance: "Children of Earth and Sky" by Guy Gavriel Kay
Steampunk Riff SF: "Revenger" by Alastair Reynolds
Toasters in the Wild West: "Westworld" by Jonathan Nole/JJ Abrams
Coding Languages vs. Natural Languages: Story of Your Life and Others” by Ted Chiang
Mindfuck Literature: “Beyond the Aquila Rift – The Best of Alastair Reynold” by Alastair Reynold
Cognitive SF: "Savages" by K. J. Parker (aka Tom Holt)
Mono No Aware: "The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories" by "Ken Liu
Flat, Flat, Flat: "Sharp Ends" by Joe Abercrombie
Simple-Minded SF: "The Three-Body Problem" by Liu Cixin, Ken Liu (translator)
Bleakest SF Author Writes Something not That Bleak: “Not This August by Cyril M. Kornbluth, Fred Pohl


2015:


Ser Duncan the Tall: "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms" by George R. R. Martin
SF will not become SciFi: "Galactic North" by Alastair Reynolds
Movie Review: "Star Wars - The Force Still Slumbers"
Marxist SF: "Murder on the 31st Floor” by Per Wahlöö
"Life Would Be So Much Easier If We Only Had the Source Code: "Mr. Robot" Sort of Review
Deeply Interwoven Parallel Worlds: "Then Will The Great Ocean Wash Deep Above" by Ian Sales
Unreliable Memories: "The Last Witness" by K. J. Parker/Tom Holt
How to Live Another Sol: “The Martian” by Andy Weir
Deus-ex-Machina YA Fiction: "Half A War" by Joe Abercrombie
Big-Ass Delta VEE: “Seveneves” by Neal Stephenson
Subverted YA: "Half the World" by Joe Abercrombie

2014 (15):


2013 (27):

"China Mountain Zhang" by Maureen F. McHugh
"The Farthest Shore" (Earthsea Cycle) by Ursula K. LeGuin
"The Tombs of Atuan" (Earthsea Cycle, #2) by Ursula K. LeGuin
"A Wizard of Earthsea" (The Earthsea Cycle) by Ursula K. LeGuin
"Blood Song" (Raven's Shadow, #1) by Anthony Ryan


2008 (2):


Spy Fiction:


2017:


An Old-Fashioned Thriller, but What a Thriller: "Kolymsky Heights" by Lionel Davidson



2016:


Câmara Obscura Literature: "The Pigeon Tunnel - Stories from My Life" By John Le Carré
Minor Spy Fiction: "A Spy Divided" by Charles Cumming
Authority Without Domination: “Shibumi” by Trevanian

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