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a next wave science fiction review

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This community is just a mirrored LJ version of the critical futures website. It's not a community in the traditional sense, but please do read and watch for your entertainment and pleasure, and I certainly enjoy hearing from you, so do write. My personal weblog/journal is tychoish or tychoish, if you're looking for that.

The following is from the about page on the site:

The Fiction

"It's very hard to talk about the creative process without making it sound either stilted ("this developed from my interest in….") or mystical ("this character/place appeared…."), especially when both statements are always at least partially true."
-- Melissa Scott, "Why I write SF."

Critical Futures is unabashedly a participant in the genre of science fiction. Both because the field provides possibilities for exploring the kinds of stories that I am most interested in telling and reading, but also because there is a rich tradition inside of science fiction that explores issues and ideas in a a productive and forward thinking manner.

Most definitions of SF or science fiction fail to capture what is truly great and awesome about this body of work, and rather than disappoint, I will avoid the project of definition. Our--and at least initially, simply my--stories look up and look out, they speculate, they excite, they question. They're inspired by deep interests and fierce imaginations.

Like the name, Critical Futures is caught between two impulses: persistent attention to the development of social and technological reality, and a productive critique of the future that implicitly includes present discourses: all steeped in awe of the the world in all it's glory and wonder of the future to come.

The Publication

Critical Futures publishes original science fiction content nearly every day of the week. Many of the stories are serialized, and we aim to present stories that compliment and work with the way that people interact with texts on the internet.

"You don't need a weatherman
to know which way the wind is blows"
-- Bob Dylan, "Subterranean Homesick Blues"

Publishing is changing, reading is changing. Necessarily as a result, the craft and form of fiction writing will change as well.

This isn't a manifesto decrying the end of the book, the novel, the codex, or the short story in favor electronic "ebooks" or other uniquely digital format. Largely, because I don't think that traditional forms are in any particular danger eminent disappearance. Most frequently it seems in the realm of art, the creation of new forms is often in response to the availability of new opportunities, rather than the death of previously popular forms. Fiction, especially science fiction, is a project exploration on the boundaries of possibility, and CF is just one possible form among many.

Of course, in the end, it's all about the story and the writing, not the approach to new media that matters and I hope that you enjoy the milieux of stories that we present at Critical Futures.

-- tycho garen
7 July 2008