Category Archives: Books

Francis Bacon’s Gambling

“He adored both cards and roulette, often playing at several table simultaneously, displaying the committed masochism of Dostoevsky, who claimed that the real thrill of involvement only began when he had pawned his wife’s jewels and was staking the proceeds. … Continue reading

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Alfred Bester on What a Science Fiction Author Does

The mature science fiction author doesn’t merely tell a story about Brick Malloy vs The Giant Yeastmen from Gethsemane. He makes a statement through a story. What is the statement? Himself, his own dimension and depth. His statement is seeing … Continue reading

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On Doctor Sleep (2013)

These are some real freewheeling thoughts about Doctor Sleep. Doctor Sleep is one of those weird books that probably shouldn’t exist. It’s a sequel to The Shining, the source novel of the loved Kubrick film, and it came out nearly forty years after … Continue reading

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John Gray on The Man in the High Castle

John Gray is a writer who I have an immense amount of respect for, and he’s taken the occasion of the new Amazon Prime series centered on Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle to talk about Dick, reality, and … Continue reading

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On Jessa Crispin’s “The Dead Ladies Project”

The Dead Ladies Project is a collection of essays centered around Jessa Crispin’s travels in the shadows of the writers she’s fascinated with. The subtitle, “Exiles, Expats, & Ex-Countries,” almost doesn’t manage to touch what’s actually going on in the volume, … Continue reading

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TCiW Gift Guide 2015 – Books

It’s the time of year when you’re panicking because you haven’t gotten a gift for that special someone in your life, and I’m here to tell you about five different books that you can buy for someone to make them … Continue reading

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On “Android Whores Don’t Cry”

“Android Whores Don’t Cry” is a short story by Natalia Theodoridou published in Clarkesworld. You can read it here. One of the things about William Gibson‘s work that I have always loved is that the cyberpunk dystopia came with a … Continue reading

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