Philosophy & Theology

The Tao of the Atheist Communist Culture

December 13, 2015 Ray Blank 0

When it came to religion and politics, the beliefs of British SF writer Iain M. Banks were never subject to doubt. Whilst dystopian futures feature in some of the best SF, and are also found […]


What Is the Superversive Canon?

October 2, 2015 Ray Blank 2

As much as I have enjoyed reading mission statements and manifestos for the Superversive movement, nothing conveys an idea like an example. However, I have not yet found a list of superversive stories. Does one […]


Mars One and the legacy of Neil Armstrong

September 27, 2015 Ray Blank 0

Maybe you are like me, and in 2013 you watched the live webcast of the press conference that launched Mars One, a private not-for-profit initiative that intends to create a human settlement on Mars. But […]


Jupiter Magazine Enters Final Orbit

September 20, 2015 Ray Blank 0

Jupiter, the British quarterly SF magazine, has announced its next edition will be its last, at least for the foreseeable future. Editor Ian Redman wrote in Jupiter 49: I’ve greatly enjoyed the last 12 and […]


Is Khan a Villain?

September 12, 2015 Ray Blank 20

The morality of the film Star Trek: Into Darkness has provoked some conversation recently. I would like to add to that conversation by analyzing one character in that film: Khan, as played by Benedict Cumberbatch. […]

Video / Film / TV

A Nightclub Beyond Space and Time

September 8, 2015 Ray Blank 0

From Star Wars to Terminator, via Saturday Night Fever. I cannot possibly explain this video, which is the most perfectly edited single scene movie mash-up I have ever come across. Just watch all ten glorious […]


There Is No Science Fiction

August 30, 2015 Ray Blank 4

“Do not try and bend the spoon, that’s impossible. Instead, only try to realize the truth…there is no spoon. Then you will see it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.” ― […]