“Babylon’s Song” Short-Listed to the Final 2017 Vogel Award Ballot

Woelf Dietrich’s novella, which appears in our book Interspecies, is on the final ballot for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards, one of New Zealand’s top prizes for speculative fiction. You may remember that we announced his initial nomination at the end of February, but that was no guarantee of making the final ballot. We couldn’t …read in detail

The Surreal Pandemonium​ Violence and Collapse of Civilization in “High-Rise”

Class warfare reigns in the 1970s styled London high-rise where Doctor Laing (Tom Hiddleston) lives. High-Rise (2015), based on the novel of the same title by famed science fiction author JG Ballard, portrays a surreal, dystopian vision of mayhem and violence compartmentalized into the space of one building. Through Laing, we observe the building’s occupants: …read in detail

Scientist’s Undeniable Proof of an Afterlife Leads to Mass Suicides in Netflix’s “The Discovery”

If you think that premise sounds depressing or even melodramatic, you’d be right. But despite the nonsensical suicide concept, the film presents some great science-fiction-worthy ideas–which makes viewing this crawling, moody movie even more disappointing. The Discovery is a slow dance, a science fiction tease with the pacing of something like Shane Carruth’s Primer (2004) and …read in detail

Art of Science Fiction 082: Georgi “Calader” Simeonov

Every now and then I like to surprise you with something different. Today’s artist is one of those surprises. Georgi “Caladar” Simeonov works in London as the Art Director at Unity Technologies. He specializes in concept design, 2D illustration, and 3D modeling and texturing. Caladar worked on the shooter game, Brink, and contributed art to Star …read in detail