- Kincaid, Paul. Iain M. Banks. University of Illinois Press, 2017.
- Hubble, Nick, Maccallum-Stewart, Esther, and Norman, Joseph, eds. The Science Fiction of Iain M. Banks. Canterbury, UK: Gylphi, 2018.
- Colebrook, Martyn and Cox, Katarine, eds. The Transgressive Iain Banks: Essays on a Writer Beyond Borders. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2013.
- Norman, Joseph S. The Culture of “The Culture”: Utopian Processes in Iain M. Banks’s Space Opera Series. Liverpool UP, 2021.
- Caroti, Simone. The Culture Series of Iain M. Banks: A Critical Introduction. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2018.
- ‘A Few Questions About the Culture’: Jude Roberts interviews Iain M. Banks. Strange Horizons.
- Vint, Sherryl. Bodies of Tomorrow: Technology, Subjectivity, Science Fiction. Toronto: University of Toronto Presss, 2007.
- Iain (M.) Banks at the Science Fiction Encyclopedia.
- Nussbaum, Abigail. A review of Paul Kincaid’s Iain M. Banks. A Political History of the Future.
- Hubble. Nick. A review of Paul Kincaid’s Iain M. Banks. Strange Horizons.
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Database.
Crash Course style may not be appealing to all, but younger audiences may appreciate John Green’s thoughts on:
- ‘The Handmaids Tale’ by Margaret Atwood
Continue reading “Science Fiction in John Green’s Crash Course on Literature”
With the stakes so high, we need to keep asking critical questions about how machines conceptualize and operationalize space. How do they render our world measurable, navigable, usable, conservable? […] In a coming age of robot warfare and policing, we could see designers specializing in the creation of robot-illegible worlds rather than machine-readable ones […]
Shannon Mattern: ‘Mapping’s Intelligent Agents’ at Places.
Here’s a roundup of some recent calls for academic papers:
Reports, reflections, and other bits on WorldCon 75 last week:
(Isn’t that a fantastic title for a post?)
Over the last few weeks, Nic has posted a series of thought-provoking explorations of Gwyneth Jones’ Life, looking at its relationship with institutions and attitudes towards scientific practice; its self-consciousness as feminist sf, as a commentary on the role of women in a science fictional world; the core of the relationships which define the plot of the book; and the fictional scientific discovery at the heart of the story and how it affects gender.
Life, the seventh book we’ve examined in the Future Classics series here on Torque Control, is our last book from 2004, the end of the first half of the decade this book list covers. The remaining four books cover the rest of the decade. For planning ahead, those are
- Jo Walton, Farthing (in late September)
- Sarah Hall, The Carhullan Army/Daughters of the North (October)
- Ursula Le Guin, Lavinia (November)
- Gwyneth Jones, Spirit (December)
My thanks to Nic for joining us for this discussion (and perhaps more in the future?), and to those of you who read along and participated in the discussion. It’s never too late to come back to these posts and do so.
Discussion: Part 1 – Science and Sensibilities; Part 2 – Feminisms; Part 3 – Roles and Relationships; Part 4 – Gender and Conclusion
A recent, related post:
bookgazing asks for insights into what new things cis-gendered women could become “in the middle of a pre-existing world full of pre-conceptions about gender and behaviour?”
Why did Zoo City win this year’s Clarke Award?
The jury isn’t allowed to tell us, but the entrants into the contest to guess the winner of this year’s Clarke Award can.
Zoo City because if it doesn’t win then the judges are wrong.
I haven’t read any of the books, but that is the one I keep hearing the most positive things about. Also, she’s the most active on Twitter.
Zoo City by Lauren Beukes. One of the most extraordinary books I’ve read in the last ten years or so. Hopefully the Clarke Award is just a stop-off point on the way to the Hugos.
Zoo City by Lauren Beukes – any book recommended by William Gibson as a favourite stands a very good chance!
Because [it] made me realise how much I missed devouring a book.
Zoo City by Lauren Beakes – like nothing you’ve read before. A true original.
Yagiz [Between Two Books]:
I haven’t read it yet but many people speak very highly of it and it’s been on my TBR pile. So I think it’s going to win the award and this will make me read it soon after.
Zoo City by Lauren Beukes, because its a shoe-in.
Zoo City by Lauren Beukes because it’s as good a guess as any, seeing as I haven’t read any of these.
For it’s originality and true grit, countermanding old-school cyberpunk without puerile braggadocio
Zoo City. I like the cover and the title.
For perhaps the final time, at least here (once again, I’m shifting over to the Strange Horizons blog):
- 2010 in review, according to Strange Horizons‘ reviewers, including me; I still hope to write a full review of my 2010 reading, but I’ve got a bunch of other things to do first, unfortunately
- More reviews of Who Fears Death, by Matt Hilliard, Jonathan McCalmont (discussion) and Farah Mendlesohn
- Maureen Kincaid Speller has relaunched her critical blog, Paper Knife, and among other things posted a lengthy analysis of Sarah Moss’ Cold Earth that I really must respond to
- A call for papers for an sf conference to be held at the University of Liverpool in June
- You can now get Locus electronically, and their Roundtable blog has relaunched under the guiding hand of Karen Burnham; of note this week, a roundtable on sf aesthetics
- Steven Shaviro on Black Swan, a film I’d like to see; Martin Lewis on Monsters, another film I’d like to see; and Abigail Nussbaum and Adam Roberts on Tron: Legacy, a film I have seen, and on which I basically agree with Adam
- Dan Hartland on The Best of Larry Niven
- Richard Larson on In the Mean Time by Paul Tremblay
- Kev McVeigh ponders which sf novels by women should be added to the Gollancz Masterworks list
- Matt Cheney’s syllabuses for gender and science fiction and some other courses
- Paul Kincaid on The Secret History of Fantasy, ed. Peter Beagle
- More thoughts on Super Sad True Love Story from Aishwarya Subramanian and Nader Elhefnawy
- Adrienne Martini on Yarn by Jon Armstrong
- Matt Hilliard on City of Pearl by Karen Traviss
- A labor organizer’s review of Cory Doctorow’s For the Win
- An English-language review of the German-language edition of Murakami’s IQ84, to be published in the UK next autumn
- The Pearls Are Cooling has been blogging about Steph Swainston’s Castle novels: The Year of Our War, No Present Like Time, and The Modern World
- The latest Salon Futura
- Jared at pornokitsch dissents about The Quantum Thief
- Thoughts on the finale of Caprica at Coffee & Ink
- David Hebblethwaite on the latest two volumes of Seren Press’ “new stories from the Mabinogion“, by Gwyneth Lewis and Niall Griffiths
- Richard at Solar Bridge has tackled The Slynx by Tatyana Tolstaya
- Adam Roberts on The Windup Girl in prose and verse
- Tor.com is running a poll to determine the best sf/f novels of the last decade, although apparently decades last eleven years now. Meanwhile, you can also vote in the SF Site Readers’ Poll, nominate for the Hugo Awards (note: Abigail Nussbaum thinks you should consider Connie Willis’ Blackout and All Clear as two books), and, of course, for the BSFA Awards (deadline in one week!)
- Nic Clarke on Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
- Strange Horizons is also recruiting; we’re looking for articles editors, webmasters, and an accounts manager, so if you’re interested, please get in touch
- And finally, Lavie Tidhar is having some fun with The Science Fictional Dictionary of New Criticism; see entries for Leguinian jump and dystopalyptic. And of course it has its own definition of science fiction