Thinly-Veiled Allegories About the Middle East in U.S. Science Fiction

If science fiction is really about the present, then it's no surprise that the longstanding tensions between the United States and Middle Eastern countries should make itself known in tales of "desert planets." From Tattoine to Klendathu, planets full of barren dunes are usually not-so-subtle allegorical stand-ins for a … » 4/04/08 4:00pm 4/04/08 4:00pm

Who Would Be The Most Science Fictional President?

It's Super Tuesday! No, that doesn't mean you're going to get bathed in cosmic radiation and gain super-strength and diamond skin. (At least, not necessarily.) Rather, if you live in one of a bunch of states, you'll be choosing your party's presidential candidate. When you make that momentous choice, the most important … » 2/05/08 11:20am 2/05/08 11:20am

Five Ways 9/11 Changed Science Fiction

Cloverfield has everybody talking about the way science fiction is dealing with the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, but that giant monster movie is hardly the first SF creation to tackle terrorism, high-tech surveillance, and governments run amok in the post-9/11 era. As the United States has cracked down… » 1/29/08 3:30pm 1/29/08 3:30pm