Category Archives: science fiction

Princess Leia and Carrie Fisher

“I’ve spent so many years not telling the story of Harrison and me having an affair on the first Star Wars movie that it’s difficult to know exactly how to tell it now. I suppose I’m writing this because it’s … Continue reading

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He or She – some confusion about authors’ gender

“Kawasaki Ninja,” said Wardle. “I know we’re looking for a Honda,” he added, forestalling Strike,“but he crapped himself when we came calling.” “So do most people when CID turn up on their doorstep. Go on.” “He’s a sweaty little guy, … Continue reading

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Science, science-fiction and the power of imagination

Kazuo Ishiguro and Neil Gaiman. Illustration by Tim McDonagh, image from New Statesman. “In her mind’s eye, she saw forsaken civilizations, the bygone times when gods mixed with heroes and monsters interbred with beasts. Her childhood heroes were all brave, … Continue reading

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Isaac Asimov’s Birthday

Republic of Guinea Post commemorative stamps for Isaac Asimov Isaac Asimov was born on January 2, 1920 (or so his parents asserted). An American author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, he wrote or edited more than 500 books. … Continue reading

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Celestial whisper – science-fiction or frontiers of cosmology?

Starlight dotting the seemingly empty space is a beautiful and inspiring sight, one that can be an impressive backdrop in a movie or a setting in a novel. But what if along with the spectacular view comes a piece of … Continue reading

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Who is looking for high-stakes, cutting-edge cosmology?

“At eleven sharp, Susan Brophy introduced Mathias Kramer and stepped aside to let him say all the appropriate things. As soon as the lights were dimmed, the audience saw a pair of huge, flaming jets move on the screen. The … Continue reading

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The joy of being prolific – notes from Asimov’s memoirs

“His notion of cracking an egg is to shoot a nuclear blast at it.” “Stay with me, Lepold, and don’t worry about them. Together we will recreate an empire…”  (from Foundation, by Isaac Asimov) When twenty-one year old Isaac Asimov … Continue reading

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