Thoughtcrime 022: The War Against the Machines Part 2

  On Part 2 of our discussion of the war against the machines, Jon and I cover the more common fears of AI, namely revolution and subjugation at the hands of our robot overlords. We discuss movies like Terminator, The Matrix, as well as Ex Machina, I, Robot, and many others. There is also discussion […]

New Sci Fi Releases This Week 3/20

  Here are a few new releases in science fiction that caught our attention. The vast majority are from small presses or are self-published with the occasional title from a big publisher sprinkled in. These are handpicked based on customer reviews, plot summary, author, or just our gut feeling. If you are a self-published author […]

New Sci Fi Releases This Week 3/13

Here are a few new releases in science fiction that caught our attention. The vast majority are from small presses or are self-published with the occasional title from a big publisher sprinkled in. These are handpicked based on customer reviews, plot summary, author, or just our gut feeling. If you are a self-published author or […]

Speculative Fiction Continues to Tilt Toward Young Adult Readers

– By Jacob Foxx – If you’ve worked in a bookstore the past decade or two, you’ve probably noticed something strange going on in speculative fiction. Publishers are making bank on young adult titles, pushing aside traditional “high-brow” genre fiction. These novels sport younger protagonists, young adult themes, and bend more toward action and away […]

Thoughtcrime 021: War Against the Machines Part 1

This is part 1 of an extended talk on the inevitable war against the machines. In this episode we talk automation and what it means for our economy but also our civilization. We discuss the dystopian future of WALL-E, The Time Machine, and others. We also go on a couple tangents such as the food […]

The War Against the Machines: Should We Fear Automation?

– By Jacob Foxx – This is one of the nightmare scenarios of a future dominated by machines. If they aren’t killing us or converting us into energy, they’re turning us into fat, lazy, ignorant slobs who have no understanding of the world or the technology that makes our opulent lifestyle possible. This is the […]

TC 018: How to Write Bad Science Fiction

  I go solo in this episode to go over the five ways to write an absolute dumpster fire of a novel. Drawing on my own experiences, input from editors and literary agents, and advice from other authors, I put together a good list of ways beginning sci-fi authors can fail, and how to avoid […]

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 […]

TC 012: Mockingjay and Thoughts on Hunger Games Trilogy

I go solo to discuss The Hunger Games Trilogy and its ridiculous success. How did Suzanne Collins do it? How do I write a bestseller and make insane amounts of money? Also I reference several internet memes that might need some explanation.                           […]

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 […]