New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson

– By J.W. Fox – Kim Stanley Robinson is a perfect example of an author who uses fiction as a means of articulating his political opinions. Look no further than his latest novel,New York 2140. Sadly, the novel is a failure both as a work of fiction and political commentary. The best way to describe […]

Incorporated: Thrilling Dystopian Drama or Progressive Propaganda?

– By J. W. Fox – Matt Damon and Ben Affleck joined forces once again, this time to create a dystopian drama about inequality, climate change, and corporations. The aptly named Incorporated premiered on Syfy to generally positive reviews. No stranger to social science fiction, it is obvious why Matt Damon came on board as […]

Thoughtcrime 034: I’m Not Saying It’s Aliens, But It’s Aliens

  Jon and I cover some of the big science news in the past few weeks, including the discovery of an Earth-like planet in the Proxima Centauri system, and a way of converting CO2 into energy. There is talk of generation ships, probes, alien contact, hypnosis, and saving the world. The usual. Story of Alien […]

Thoughtcrime 030: Social Commentary in Science Fiction

Jon and I discuss the prevalence of social commentary and political themes in science fiction and whether it helps or hurts the genre. Movies, TV, and even a few books are covered…

The Water Knife by Paolo Baciagalupi

– By Jacob Foxx – Many of us purists prefer post-apocalyptic stories the portray realistic nightmare scenarios, sparing no details when it comes to the harsh conditions we may encounter in our future. Paolo Bacigalupi is one of the best examples of a purist post-apocalyptic author. In The Water Knife, Bacigalulpi delivers another post-apocalyptic thriller […]

Panem Et Circenses

– Jacob Foxx – In an era of sequels, prequels, reboots, remakes, and retreads, it is important to recognize and appreciate a truly 21st century story. Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games Trilogy has broken countless records and is one of the few successful franchises without a predecessor. According to Scholastic, over 50 million copies of […]

Utopia Versus Dystopia: The Impact of Social Science Fiction

– By Jacob Foxx – Speculative fiction is an excellent vehicle for social commentary. Rather than demonstrate the flaws of current society through contrived narratives, speculative fiction offers the opportunity to skip past all the contentious fact patterns to create a new world. Many works of social science fiction have stood the test of time […]

The Peripheral by William Gibson

– By Jacob Foxx – William Gibson, author of the first cyberpunk novel Neuromancer, offers up a sophisticated, twisted tale of murder, time travel, humanoid robot interface, nanno-swarms, assemblers, invisible cars, and deadly drones. The Peripheral is surprisingly original with a fascinating twist on time travel fiction. The story is long and a little convoluted, […]