In 2013, the University of Illinois Press launched a new series of scholarly books: The Modern Masters of Science Fiction, a series dedicated to studying the men and women who shaped modern science fiction literature.
If you've spent any time watching science fiction shows, you've probably heard of tachyon rays, a tachyon matrix, or just free-floating tachyons. Tachyons are particles that travel faster than light. And one professor finally came up with a use for them. Sort of.
What do science fiction and fantasy books have in store for you this fall? There are new fantasy series by Tad Williams and Jacqueline Carey. A brand new Culture novel by Iain M. Banks. Collaborations between Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross, and Larry Niven and Gregory Benford. A classic Gene Wolfe novel. A massive…
Reason Magazine just posted a must-read article from its February 2012 issue by Timescape author Gregory Benford, in which he examines the expansive dream of space exploration propounded in the early 1950s by Wernher Von Braun. And he concludes that even though NASA seems to be scaling back and our dreams of…
Science fiction critic Peter Nicholls, speaking in 1997, explained the enduring love for novels about a "Big Dumb Object" in space, how this helps us to achieve a Sense of Wonder, and why we would want to. Novelist Gregory Benford just posted the text of Nicholls' speech on his own blog, and economist Robin Hanson…
Science fiction is the literature of our times, the fuel of our imaginations and the source of our favorite imaginary worlds. But what do we mean when we talk about "science fiction?" Here are some of the many definitions.
A new book by Gregory Benford will celebrate the amazing innovations that Popular Mechanics promised us over the first seven decades of the 20th century — but in the meantime, here are some of our favorite Popular Mechanics whizbang moments.
Are you missing the era of cosmic SF, trippy epics about huge godlike entities and vast eras? Check out "The Final Now" by Gregory Benford, in which twin deities confront their mortal creation as the universe itself winds down. [Tor.com]
In the wake of our asteroid near-miss, people keep claiming that an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs. But we all know it was the Cybermen. Or time-traveling hunters. Here are science fiction's best dinosaur-extinction theories.