Williamson’s Cosmic Express Embraces Progress By N.T. Narbutovskih There is now, and indeed has always been, a tendency of society to split between those who favor progress and those who want things left well enough alone. This story hails from the age of exploration, from the space race to nuclear
Vonnegut’s The Big Trip Up Yonder Casts Hilarious Fun at Generation Gap By N.T. Narbutovskih The youth don’t appreciate the wisdom of age. The old don’t understand the trials of modern life. Every generation comes along with its own trials and tribulations, and the inability of generations to fully empathize
NavyCon, the premier science fiction and national security conference, returns for its fourth edition inviting speakers from a variety of backgrounds, including all five branches of the service, as well as civilian academia and science fiction fandom, to present on topics within the theme of national security in transition.
Smith’s Helpfully Yours Blends Humor and Culture Clash By N.T. Narbutovskih Different cultures hold different values. The laws and customs of a foreign land can feel downright alien. Smith presents this theme with both humor and biting wit, her plot and prose both presenting hilarious circumstances and commenting on our
Kuttner’s Ego Machine Takes a Playful Look at AI and the Human Brain By N.T. Narbutovskih This is, above all else, an entertaining story. It centers around Nicholas Martin, a hapless play-write and producer who appears at the end of his professional and personal rope. His attitude towards his employer,
DeFord’s The Eel Mixes Globalization, Crime, and Punishment By N.T. Narbutovskih This story happens after all the action (well, most of it), but deFord nonetheless sets up an astounding series of twists and turns in logic and argument that would make Socrates proud. She builds the suspense step by step,
Wolf Sets Standard for AI, Culture in Robots of the World, Arise! By N.T. Narbutovskih The term “droid” has a special place in the heart of everyone who has a passing familiarity with science fiction. Mari Wolf coins the term in this quirky tale about robots, consciousness, and humanity. Wolf’s
Phillip K. Dick’s Mr. Spaceship Turns AI On Its Head By N.T. Narbutovskih Any sacrifice for the greater good is acceptable. War doesn’t wait on the needs of the individual. These themes are present in today’s tense international environment just as they were when Dick wrote this packed tale. From