Monthly Archives: April 2007

Iain M. Bank’s Use of Weapons

Iain M. Bank’s Use of Weapons is an interesting SF novel about the Special Circumstances division of the Culture. Banks plays with the narrative structure to tell two stories about different people, who we’re led to believe are stories about

Posted in Review, Science Fiction

Paul J. McAuley’s “Karl and the Ogre”

Paul J. McAuley’s 1988 short story, “Karl and the Ogre” is a fascinating story about a fairy tale future brought about by our genetically building super smart children who overthrow the adult hegemony. The “superbrights” were even further different than

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New Zhora Scene Shoots for Blade Runner

SCI FI Wire reports that Joanna Cassidy finished reshooting scenes for a special Blade Runner DVD re-release.  They gleaned this information from her official website.  Cassidy played the replicant Zhora.  I’m interested to see how much new material Ridley Scott

Posted in Science Fiction

Further Thoughts on The Wild Shore

On April 15, I wrote about Kim Stanley Robinson’s 1984 novel, The Wild Shore. We talked about this and the other two books in his Three Californias Triology: The Gold Coast and Pacific Edge, during our Utopias seminar today. Before

Posted in Review, Science Fiction

Giant Robots in World War II

My friend Mark Warbington sent me a link to an awesome 13 minute long CG film by Cee-Gee Digital Worlds that’s called CODE GUARDIAN.  It’s an alternate history short movie that features a Nazi mecha/robot attacking an American naval base,

Posted in Movies, Science Fiction

Pamela Sargent’s “Gather Blue Roses”

Pamela Sargent’s 1972 short story, “Gather Blue Roses” comments on the shared sufferings of a people as made personal through the psionic empathy shared between mother and children as well as siblings. The narrator is Esther Greenbaum, and her brother

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Harlan Ellison’s “‘Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman”

During my six hour layover in New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport on Sunday, I read Harlan Ellison’s Hugo and Nebula-winning short story, “‘Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman.” It was originally published in the December 1965 issue of Galaxy Science

Posted in Review, Science Fiction
Who is Dynamic Subspace?

Dr. Jason W. Ellis shares his interdisciplinary research and pedagogy on Its focus includes the exploration of science, technology, and cultural issues through science fiction and neuroscientific approaches. It includes vintage computing, LEGO, and other wonderful things, too.

He is an Assistant Professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY (City Tech) where he teaches college writing and technical communication.

He holds a Ph.D. in English from Kent State University, M.A. in Science Fiction Studies from the University of Liverpool, and B.S. in Science, Technology, and Culture from Georgia Tech.

He welcomes questions, comments, and inquiries for collaboration via email at jellis at citytech dot cuny dot edu or Twitter @dynamicsubspace.


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