Must-Read Essay: Cordwainer Smith as Folklorist of the Future

Cordwainer Smith remains a unique figure in science fiction history: a pioneer of psychological warfare who lived in China and bonded with Chinese culture. A brilliant inventor of future history whose Instrumentality universe was totally cohesive. But he also created a vision of the future as folklore. » 7/12/13 3:37pm 7/12/13 3:37pm

Was a famous patient who believed he lived on other planets actually…

Psychologist Robert Lindner's 1955 book The Fifty-Minute Hour details the case of a man who believed he was "living part of the time in another world—on another planet." And many people now believe this famous case study was actually Norstrilia author Paul Linebarger, aka Cordwainer Smith. » 3/27/13 11:36am 3/27/13 11:36am

Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors Who Served in the Military, and How…

So much of science fiction's core topics intersect with war, one way or the other. Rapid social change and technological innovation both get supercharged during wartime, and some of our greatest explorers are also warriors. So it's not surprising that many of science fiction's most well-known authors served in the… » 1/30/13 1:15pm 1/30/13 1:15pm

A Man and his Virtual Dragon, Against All the Malicious Code in the…

Being a non-player character in someone else's virtual world can be a pain — especially when some of the monsters won't stay dead. Tobias Buckell's story "A Game of Rats and Dragon," published in Lightspeed Magazine, takes a lot of the cliches of augmented reality and virtual gaming, and adds a really neat spin — what… » 11/29/12 4:20pm 11/29/12 4:20pm