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Unleashing the Quiver of Time's Arrows

Unleashing the Quiver of Time's Arrows

IN THE SPECIALIZED SANDBOX of “hard” science fiction, so-called for the “hardness” or rigor of its science, there is probably no writer “harder” than Greg Egan.   A mathematician by ...

Here Be Monsters

Here Be Monsters

WATCHING The X-Files growing up, I was always more of a “Monster-of-the-Week” fan: flukeman, the Bat Creature, even a Giovanni Ribsi who controls lightning. I wanted to know what made them monste...

Saving Spaceship Earth

Saving Spaceship Earth

THE RESULTS ARE in: we’ll make it after all. Good morning dear sister, dear brother, dear child, dear moon. Good morning dear sun—the bright, glowing everything of our awesome all. And to the next...

David Mitchell, Unplugged

David Mitchell, Unplugged

I LIKE TO AMUSE myself by imagining novelist David Mitchell, confident from the well-deserved success of Cloud Atlas (and its predecessors, Ghostwritten and Number9Dream), and thinking: in which weir...

No Bible Without the Devil

No Bible Without the Devil

JUST AFTER ONE in the morning on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 2004, two teenage cellmates at the Preston Youth Correctional Facility in Ione, California, were found hanged from their bedframe by the...

Weird Ecology: On The Southern Reach Trilogy

Weird Ecology: On The Southern Reach Trilogy

ON A BITTERLY cold day in January 2013, a dolphin was discovered swimming in the famously noxious waters of the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn. A crowd soon gathered by the Union and Carroll Street bridges...