Professor David Macmillan of the University of Melbourne has done a lot of research on crayfish (or ‘yabbies’, as they are known Down Under) and NASA has been applying some of his results to the design of autonomous space exploration robots. Continue reading Crayfish Space-Robots Are Go!
Ken Macleod’s latest novel, ‘Learning the World’ is a new twist on the classic ‘first contact’ trope that has been a long been a staple of SF. Continue reading Book Review: ‘Learning the World’ by Ken Macleod
M. M. Buckner is one of the new bright hopes of US SF. ‘War Surf’ is her third novel, and examines a future Earth where capitalism has reached its most extreme possible outcome. Economic and environmental disaster has created an Orwellian world of ‘protes’ and executives, the classic worker-aristo schism. Continue reading Book Review: ‘War Surf’ by M. M. Buckner
Neil Stephenson’s ‘Baroque Cycle’ is huge. That’s no hyperbole; three volumes, each weighing in at around 900 pages. A big story, and no mistake. Continue reading (Multiple) Book Review: Neal Stephenson’s ‘Baroque Cycle’
Charles Stross has sold more than a dozen novels to publishers, but has done so in such a short period of time that less than half of them are actually in print yet. He’s a hot property, a supernova of the notorious Scotland set whose grip on the leading edge of British (and arguably world) SF grows stronger season by season. Stross’ writings are a case study in the talent that exists in this clade, and ‘Accelerando’, his latest to be published, a prime example of how invention and skill can combine in a synergistic fashion. Continue reading Book Review: ‘Accelerando’ by Charles Stross