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

It's Good To Establish Your Credentials Before Breakfast

Did you know the Bulwer-Lytton Contest (for intentionally bad writing) had a science fiction category? Here's 2008's winner, from Cartersville, GA's Joe Schulman: "Timothy Hanson, Commander of the 43rd Space Regiment in the 52nd Battalion on board the USAOPAC (United Space Alliance Of Planets Attack Carrier) and… » 9/18/08 10:20am 9/18/08 10:20am

The Grimly Grim Hallmark Of Awfully Bad Writing

Classic science fiction novels have many annoying writing tics that make it hard to enjoy them, but the word "grimly" has always seemed the worst. People are always speaking grimly, or staring grimly, or even smiling grimly. Of all the adverbs that attach themselves, like alien facehuggers, to science fiction prose,… » 6/06/08 4:30pm 6/06/08 4:30pm