By: Meg20 Mar 2008
Mirror Universe, [Devorah] Sperber's show that opens March 20 at Caren Golden Fine Art in New York, consists of crafty Trek imagery pieced together out of beads and spools of thread. The show's title is an allusion to the 1967 Trek episode "Mirror, Mirror," in which the Enterprise crew is swapped with evil doppelgängers, but it also refers to the way viewers are supposed to look at the exhibit's art -- via reflective materials.
By: Meg18 Oct 2007
By: Meg23 May 2007
These are but a few examples of the real power that science fiction has to address current events in a context that's safe and acceptable for most audiences, while speaking very seriously about them to others. They illustrate why SF endures and resonates with casual and hardcore fans. Whether it was written one hundred years ago, or just published last month, SF can give us warnings about the future, hope for the future, or just blissful escape from the present, into fantastic worlds that are light years away – but as close as our bookshelves.But do click through and read on for his appreciation of Trek.
The premises of hard fantasy seem to be: internal consistency in the use of magic; deep research into the cultures the book introduces; realism in mundane aspects of living (an army requires food); and an acceptance that societies usually evolve.I've always preferred hard science fiction to fantasy in the sci-fi section, but it sounds interesting. That said, I've finally finished The Silmarillion and removed it from my "currently reading" list, and I don't think I'll be ready for more grim and difficult fantasy reading anytime soon. Tolkien may not meet the requirements for hard fantasy, but it was sufficiently exhausting learning in tedious detail just how NOT about nobility and light his elves really are. Quite the eye opener.
. . . .these latest hard fantasy forays are significantly better than most of what came before. . . .It’s just that when you stack these books together, the project of reading fantasy stops looking like escapism and starts to look more like social commentary.