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Stories in Space Never Get Old

SF Essay 3 – text that’s not a text The Expanse S1E01: “Dulcinea” – first aired December 14, 2015 on Syfy, based on the novel Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey.   The premise of The Expanse is this: motivated by the imminent collapse of Earth’s ecosystem, humans set out on extraterrestrial jaunts to [...]

By |2020-04-07T15:37:53-05:00April 7th, 2020|Essay 3, Francis|0 Comments

Communication Through Time in “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang

Ted Chiang’s novella “Story of Your Life,” an elegant experiment combining aliens, variational principles, and the linguistic relativity hypothesis, was first published in 1998, just as the western world was coming online and people were beginning to come in contact with each other in unprecedented ways. It was before the rise of now-ubiquitous and near-instantaneous [...]

By |2020-02-25T16:50:08-05:00February 25th, 2020|Essay 2, Francis|0 Comments

It only has to be the tiniest bit plausible

I think what makes a story “science” fiction as opposed to the other kinds is that it includes something that doesn’t exist but could. As in, the idea invented by the author only has to be the tiniest bit plausible on the spectrum of things that we believe, to the best of our knowledge and [...]

By |2020-02-03T21:44:13-05:00February 3rd, 2020|Francis, What is SF|0 Comments
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