Do you know all the shades of science fiction? And by ‘shades’ I mean sub genres. Knowing a little about science fiction sub genres can help you find that next awesome book or TV show. Unfortunately, everybody and their sister has their own interpretation, so your mileage may vary. Let’s look at some categories and the discussions around them.
Category: Science fiction
I love science fiction. There are things I write which don’t really fit in the science category, but not in the tech or writing category either, so they end up here.
Elon Musk has a new girlfriend. The couple’s courtship appears to have started with a very nerdy in-joke concerning the so-called Roko’s Basilisk. So, today: what is Roko’s basilisk? Or, if you prefer, a nerdy concept about future AI overlords that could land you a nerdy partner.
What do the Matrix and Black Mirror have in common? Well, both don’t adhere to the law of energy conservation. Let me explain why.
What do Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and Bill Gates have in common? They’re all afraid of the dangers of AI. Talking about the dangers of AI leads quickly to the technological singularity. And that leads to an explanation of what the singularity is.
Last week I covered the basics of time travel stories and why they are great for science fiction writers. This week: what not to do when writing time travel stories. Be warned, this can ruin movies and books for you, and I don’t mean by spoilers (I’ll try to play nice), but by taking your first step along the I-nitpick-movies-and-books-too-much path.