There is no snarking about books like Algis Budrys snarking about books

Algis Budrys was a terrific SF author, and a fantastic editor — but he was also a stupendously entertaining critic, whose book reviews ran in Galaxy Magazine and The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. His motto was: "Criticism is not subject to the democratic process," and he managed to make a book review column as… » 12/03/12 1:38pm 12/03/12 1:38pm

Brighten your day with a randomly-chosen piece of terrible science…

Fans of the science fiction newsletter Ansible already know the joys of "Thog's Master Class," a recurring column featuring bad SF prose from famous sources. Now you can get all the joys of Thog with just one click. Over at the Thog website, there's a little tool called the Thogomatic for pulling up a random Thog's… » 1/19/11 1:20pm 1/19/11 1:20pm

Can I build an ansible to communicate across the cosmos?

In this week's Ask a Physicist, we answer a question that's on everyone's mind: Can we use quantum entanglement to make a mockery of the speed of light, and create intergalactic communications devices like Le Guin's "ansible"? » 7/13/10 1:53pm 7/13/10 1:53pm