H.P. Lovecraft’s THE CALL OF CTHULHU podcast

I recently joined a very special line-up to talk about one of the most influential speculative stories of all time — the story whose creepy, tentacley touch everyone has felt, even if they don’t know it. “When the stars were right, They could plunge from world to world through the sky; but when the stars were wrong,[…]

Octavia E. Butler Exhibition in Pasadena!

3 a.m., and I’m having a conversation with my husband about aliens & the universe — as you do. I tell him all about the amazing Octavia E. Butler and her stories of alien DNA artistry, and about how I don’t believe in synchronicity, and also (random) how much I dislike installation art. 10 a.m., I get[…]

Defining Cyberpunk

Love Paul Di Filippo’s definition of 80’s cyberpunk. Theoretically seeking to merge the primitive vitality and anti-authoritarian disdain of the Sex Pistols and the Ramones with the noir sensibilities and digital savvy of some mythical California superman who possibly resembled a hybrid of Steve Jobs, Timothy Leary and Philip Marlowe, cyberpunk hewed to the standard[…]

The first ever science-fiction movie

My sister and I have embarked on a science fiction-movie bender this week, and one of the gems she introduced me to was A Trip to the Moon, the first SF movie ever, directed by the amazing Georges Méliès. The Wikipedia gods tell me the movie was based on two novels, H.G. Wells’ The First Men on the[…]

Thomas More’s “Utopia”

As a way to learn more about the history of science fiction, I am reading my way through some of the classics. This week, I read Utopia, by Sir Thomas More, (which, btw, you can get for free from the awesome folk at Project Gutenberg). Utopia, which Thomas More published way back in 1535, was the first[…]

Isaac Asimov: A man for the universe

In my wanderings around the Intarwebs, I discovered this beautiful piece written in 1992 by Carl Sagan (a hero of mine) about one of the greats of science fiction, Isaac Asimov. This really captures the essence of science fiction for me. It is not only great literature with mind-blowing stories but also an extremely important way[…]