“Repent, Harlequin!” Said the Ticktockman by Harlan Ellison My rating: 5 of 5 stars Read for the 12 in 12 Challenge. This story won the 1965 Hugo and Nebula Awards for Best Short Story. In a dystopian future, the forces of order have managed to gain control over everything, including our time. Lateness is punished […]
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Science fiction and fantasy mashups are popular right now. They give us an excuse to abandon typical SFF tropes for elements we’re familiar with in other genre fiction. Here’s some tips and tricks for successful plotting and worldbuilding in a mashup genre: Familiarize Yourself with the Blended Genre Okay, so you’re writing a space opera […]
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Science fiction and fantasy, in my experience, are rarely all one thing. Sometimes – often! – SFF blends elements of other genres of fiction into it. For instance, I think just about every Philip K. Dick novel I’ve read is either transgressive fiction or a detective/crime novel. Sometimes those elements seem so weird that not […]
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Ubik by Philip K. Dick My rating: 5 of 5 stars Read for the SF Masterworks Reading Challenge and the Science Fiction Masterworks Book Club here on Goodreads. So far, my acquaintance with PKD has been strictly through this determination of mine to read through the entirety of the SF Masterworks imprint, which has spawned […]
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By Sam Reader
In 1982, Ridley Scott loosely adapted Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? into the classic science fiction film Blade Runner, a detective story that kept the novel’s dark aesthetic, odd symbolism, and meditations on empathy. With sequel, Blade Runner 2049 on the horizon, there’s no better time to get acquainted with the author of the original. But where to start?
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A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick My rating: 2 of 5 stars Read for the 12 Awards in 12 Months and the Science Fiction Masterworks Challenge. This book won the 1978 British Science Fiction Association Award. This is my third PKD book, and I have to say at this point, I think he’s a […]
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