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This looks like an interesting book: The Seven Beauties of Science Fiction by Stephan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr..
From the publisher:
However much science fiction texts vary in artistic quality and intellectual sophistication, they share in a mass social energy and a desire to imagine a collective future for the human species and the world. At this moment, a strikingly high proportion of films, commercial art, popular music, video and computer games, and non-genre fiction have become what Csicsery-Ronay calls science fictional, stimulating science-fictional habits of mind. We no longer treat science fiction as merely a genre-engine producing formulaic effects, but as a mode of awareness, which frames experiences as if they were aspects of science fiction. The Seven Beauties of Science Fiction describes science fiction as a constellation of seven diverse cognitive attractions that are particularly formative of science-fictionality. These are the “seven beauties” of the title: fictive neology, fictive novums, future history, imaginary science, the science-fictional sublime, the science-fictional grotesque, and the Technologiade, or the epic of technsocience’s development into a global regime.
From Wesleyan University Press, 2008
The new Dr. Who is on CBC tonight at 21:30. Much mugging and eye-rolling by the Doctor. I’m not sure if this is last year’s or a completely new one.
It’s David Tennant. The CBC Web site says David Tennant is leaving the show at the end of 2009. He’s the 10th doctor.
The CBC has the Dr. Who archives.
Never doubt that Science Fiction writers, at least, are science nerds. Who else would title a book Volume IIB? I guess that it’s the second half of a hardcover Volume II.
Issued in 1973, this book contains some medium-length fiction published before 1966. It was edited by Ben Bova.
The Frame Problem has a video: “Attention Walmart shoppers: Scientology is a cult.”