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In Defense of Science Fiction

Guest lecture at Göttingen University, June 16, 2015

How to Read Science Fiction: An Instruction Manual

Upon reading the title of this lecture, “A Defense of Science Fiction,” one might wonder why science fiction, of all things, deserves a defense, of all things. 7,876 more words

The Man in the High Castle Book to Screen Review

I read the book, not even considering that something so obscure could have even been considered for the screen. I only found it on by chance when I was googling the name of the book and the TV series appeared. 304 more words

A Thousand Lives

Uncanny Valley: Science Fiction Summer Reading Group

Wednesday Nights Summer 2015
Next meet: July 1st, 7PM
Have read: Starship Troopers  (1959, Robert Heinlein)
Online and San Francisco

Greetings science fiction aficionados! This summer, descend with us into the uncanny valley! 261 more words

Book Discussion

Temporarily yours.

In art, there is a capacity to distill timeless, universal and essentially unknowable concepts into pictures, language and relationships that everyone can recognize.  Plato’s campfire discourse is not that far removed from Philip K. 194 more words

Dashiell Hammett

Madness with a Public Face

“Maybe each human being lives in a unique world, a private world different from those inhabited and experienced by all other humans. . . If reality differs from person to person, can we speak of reality singular, or shouldn’t we really be talking about plural realities? 318 more words


io9 calls the Wachowski's, Sense8, "the Philip K. Dick Adaptation We Always Wanted". Meanwhile, I cringe and PKD rolls over in his grave

Okay, admittedly, I’ve only watched two episodes of Sense8 so far, and though I intend to continue, regardless of whether it gets better, they are not making it easy. 291 more words


Emerging Technologies Tetrad: Brain-Computer Interface

In the film Total Recall, based on a short story by Philip K. Dick, Quinn, a character played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, has a memory trip to Mars as a secret agent. 758 more words