Scifi and fantasy features from 2004.

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Tad and the Shadow
06/12/2004. Fantasy author Tad Williams on the immersive nature of epic fantasy, the fact that what most of us who keep coming back to fantasy fiction love about it is that “sinking-in” feeling, that thrill of sliding into a new and convincing world that exists side-by-side with our own ...

The Incredibles: Mark's Take
06/12/2004. Pixar does it again with a comedy/action film about a family of superheroes. Just when they thought they were out of the superhero business they get pulled back in. Of course, as a film from Pixar it is computer-animated, but that is just the gimmick. The writing is the real attraction.

Space Oddysey
06/12/2004. Imagine crashing through the acid storms of Venus, taking a space walk in the magnificent rings of Saturn, or collecting samples on the disintegrating surface of an unstable comet.

Trudi Canavan Interview
06/12/2004. Fantasy author Trudi Canavan on the Black Magician trilogy, a world where some humans have evolved the ability to use magic - an energy that is natural and has no link to gods, demons, the land or any notion of good or evil. The catch is that to release and develop their ability all magicians must be taught by another ...

"The Impatient Writer's Guide to Worldbuilding" by Victoria Strauss
06/12/2004. Another fab installment in the Writers Bloc series from artesix's guest writers ...

Liz Williams Interview
06/12/2004. Another guest interview from the team over at artesix ...

Why I Write Military Science Fiction
06/12/2004. Three things pushed me toward writing military SF. The first reason is history. In the long history of humanity so far, war is almost as constant as death and taxes.

Sexing up science fiction
01/12/2004. This month, Uncle Geoff wonders where is all the time going and why can't anyone put it back? There's no reset button in our reality and things can progress in either direction, towards individual prosperity or rack and ruin. Never cared for the rack myself. Don't like bashing my head going through doorways. Gives a terrible headache. Should another year passing mean that we're all more than a year older chronologically or just the way we see things?

Terry Brooks gets Tanequil
02/11/2004. Fantasy author Terry interviewed about his new novel, Tanequil, the second book in the High Druid of Shannara trilogy, on growing as an author, and his plans to return to his earlier Word & Void series.

Sea, Sky by Rosemary Kirstein
02/11/2004. The author of The Language Of Power ruminates about world creation and comes to the conclusion that there are basically two ways to do it. You can begin from the top down, or from the ground up.

Third World
02/11/2004. One of our famous one page stories by GF Willmetts.

Black Cat Investments Ltd. - Your Money Is Safe With Us
02/11/2004. One of our famous one page stories by Rod MacDonald.

San Diego Comic-Con '04
02/11/2004. So, it looks like half the people who voted in a Crowsnest poll a couple of months back have never been to a convention. Which is a little sad when you come to think of it - there's really nowhere else on earth you get to indulge your genre weakness like a Con. If only because everyone else there is doing exactly the same thing.

One Page Stories Submissions (or What To Do, What To Write And How to Submit).
02/11/2004. This is an experiment on the website for all of you writers and neo-writers out there. One of the criticisms that I raise when working my way through our slush pile is that writers need to learn how to tell a story with a limited word count to make everything count and tell a good story.

I Remember Superman
02/11/2004. Christopher Reeve, 1952-2004 - a lament by: GF Willmetts.

Offworld Report: Science Fiction and Fantasy, November 2004
02/11/2004. Interviews with Stephen R. Donaldson, Clive Barker, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, Clark Kent's foster father, and John Clute, Dell Magazines' SF boat cruise, fiction by Peter Crowther, and getting laid at a science-fiction convention.

Offworld Report: Weird Science, November 2004
02/11/2004. Iran's first satellite, the X Prize is won, a fossil dragon, robot fish, why space access costs must, and can, drop dramatically, and has the Great Galactic Ghoul lost its appetite for Martian probes?

Is there, in truth, no non-conformists any more
01/11/2004. What is non-conformity? In its most simplest terms, it just means someone not relating to a common or normal way of doing things. In terms of today’s world, there should be far more elements or people that would be described as ‘non-conformist’ depending on how you classify people who’d rather not be part of ‘the system’ of what makes ‘society’ work or have a desire to change the world to their outlook.

Reading without understanding ...
01/10/2004. Reading without understanding Is like looking at an instruction manual and not being able to put things together.

Going down to Glasgow ...
01/10/2004. The Galactic Senate: polls & voting for October 2004.

Andrew Fox Interview
01/10/2004. A conversation with Andrew Fox author of Bride of the Fat White Vampire.

Juliet E. McKenna Interview
01/10/2004. October sees the launch of the first volume in a new series - The Aldabreshin Compass - from fantasy author Juliet E. McKenna. So we scooted down to Oxford to pose her a few questions amidst the spires and students.

Translating Fantasy and Science Fiction : The Peak of Creativity
01/10/2004. We all know that many of the most loved science fiction and fantasy authors' work is admired worldwide, but little do we know about the people who made it possible for them to become so well-known. Apart from the people involved in publishing there are quite a lot of other professionals without whom it wouldn't have been possible. These are the translators.

Horror Writer Barbara J. Ferrenz Interviewed
01/10/2004. What's worse than death? On the one hand, it's the title of a novel by school psychologist and writer Barbara J. Ferrenz of Dunkirk, MD. On the other hand, maybe it's better never to know.

Westercon 2004
17/09/2004. Mark reports on the movies at Westercon. The trailers seemed to be better accepted by the audience than they have been at recent Worldcons, while the presentation was a little more polished - and the films seemed of a higher quality.

Offworld Report: Science Fiction and Fantasy: September 2004
17/09/2004. Interviews with Keith Brooke, Geoff Ryman, Gerry Anderson and the co-producer of the new Sapphire and Steel series, short fiction by John Grant and Walter Jon Williams, and Locus Magazine's excellent primer on genre audiobooks.

Offworld Report July 2004: Science Fiction and Fantasy
17/09/2004. Interviews with authors Sean McMullen, John Crowley , Bruce Sterling, Richard Morgan and Kim Stanley Robinson; a look at the Stepford Wives and the sequel to Pitch Black, fiction by Gardner Dozois, and a report from the first African-American science fiction festival.

Tanith Lee Interview
01/09/2004. Author Tanith speaks with SFF literary agent John Jarrold about how people are the starting point for her fiction, tackling pirates with Piratica, and being influenced by Rider Haggard, Viereck and Eldridge.

Eurocon 2004
01/09/2004. Radi Radev reports from this year's European Science Fiction Convention. While the convention was first created in 1972 in Triest, Italy, this was the first year it's been hosted in Bulgaria.

Offworld Report: Weird Science: September 2004
01/09/2004. The latest tiny flying robot, why Martian astronauts may need replacement body tissue, harvesting helium-3 from the Moon, the threat to humanity from giant tsunamis and super volcanoes, and the possibility of life on Venus.

View From The High Castle: September 2004
01/09/2004. Identity crisis! What identity crisis?

Identity crisis! What identity crisis?
01/09/2004. I don’t know if this is true planet-wide but have you noticed how many TV programmes there have been around about old folk reflecting on their lives lately?

Star Wars Weary
01/09/2004. The Galactic Senate: polls & voting for September 2004.

Elizabeth Hand Interview
01/08/2004. Sasha talks to SFF writer Elizabeth Hand about the art of developing characters, drawing on real events and people, and why it now takes Elizabeth at least two years to write a book.

The Dead Lines of Greg Bear
01/08/2004. Author Greg Bear on his new novel, turning to horror after success as a science fiction writer, and Greg's in-production SF work about law enforcement on an international scale.

Marianne de Pierres Interview
01/08/2004. The author of Nylon Angel on the dark futures of cyberpunk, cutting her teeth on A.C. Clarke, media manipulation, and how studying Film and TV as an undergraduate has influenced her science fiction writing.

Why, Robot?
01/08/2004. Scots author Ken Macleod on why the idea of a tool, a machine, that replicates our most distinctive features - a machine with a face, a voice, a mind, a hand - is disturbing and uncanny.

01/08/2004. Short story from Radi Todorov Radev, a 26-year old science fiction author from Bulgaria. As well as his fiction, Radi usually writes the Bulgarian SF news reports for Locus.

Offworld Report: Science Fiction and Fantasy: August 2004
01/08/2004. Interviews with Alan Moore, Geoffrey Landis, Steve Erikson and Robert Silverberg, why elitism in the genre is good, and Kim Stanley Robinson on the really dumb science of The Day After Tomorrow.

Offworld Report: Weird Science: August 2004
01/08/2004. Inflatable space stations, why we never went to the moon, the Project Icarus study on deflecting asteroids with very large atomics, Stephen Hawking on black holes, Cassini orbits Saturn, 'and Beagle 3' looks for an American ride.

Fantasy Filmfest 2004
01/08/2004. Sasha tells how starting out in Munich, and cutting a creepy swathe through Stuttgart, Cologne and Frankfurt, to a final week-long blowout in Berlin, the Fantasy Filmfest dishes everything from haute horreur to gore-n-splatter.

Buying into environmental issues
01/08/2004. In the summer months, it’s said that there are fewer people spend time in front of a computer screen and on the Net because the hours are lighter and you’re out in the sun.

SFF Fans and Genetically Modified Foods
01/08/2004. The Galactic Senate: polls & voting for August 2004.

Tricia Sullivan Interview
01/07/2004. On why her SF novel Maul was a twisted response to Sheri S. Tepper's 'The Gate to Women's Country', her regard for authors Justina Robson and John Courtenay Grimwood, and imagining an extremely disturbing future.

Offworld Report July 2004: Weird Science
01/07/2004. Sir Arthur C. Clarke on terraforming, the Cassini probe closes in on a weird moon, scientists teleport atoms, the invisible Nordic warship, has Atlantis finally been discovered, and more SpaceShipOne and X-prize coverage than you'll know what to do with.

Looking Upward
01/07/2004. Scots SF author Ken MacLeod muses on all our imagined societies of common ownership, and wonders if poor old human nature just keeps on getting in the way of utopia.

Dissent slows progress ...
01/07/2004. But fortunately doesn’t stop it forever.

Some Fans Do, Some Fans Don't
01/07/2004. The Galactic Senate: polls & voting for July 2004.

Neal Asher Interview
01/06/2004. Psychologically disturbed android killing machines. A Beast that harvests people to research its genetic dabbling across time by sending them back to the primordial ages. A mysterious Japanese man still living millennia after Hiroshima. A physicist that uses nanotechnology to merge with a spacecraft. Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of Neal Asher.

Big Ben
01/06/2004. Ben Jeapes interviewed by Stephen Hunt. The author speaks about penning cracking reads like 'His Majesty's Starship' , the differences between writing SF for the young adult market and the 'grown-up' sector, and the sadness of shutting the doors at his own publishing house, Big Engine.

Just a Tad More
01/06/2004. If Tad Williams' Memory, Sorrow & Thorn series is "the fantasy equivalent of War and Peace" (Locus magazine), then Tad must be Fantasy's Leo Tolstoy. The prolific Mr Williams is cornered for some vodka and a chat.

Bruce on Bruce
01/06/2004. The father of cyberpunk - or at the very least the Uncle - Bruce Sterling, chats about his new technothriller, The Zenith Angle, with real-life security expert Bruce Schneier.

Forty Whacks
01/06/2004. Scots SF author Ken Macleod visits sunny Spain for the second installment of 'Stitch and Split: Selves and Territories in Science Fiction', in Seville, sponsored by the Universidad Internacional de Andalucia. Take a walk with Ken down the Latin road to SFF.

Eight Days in Zagreb
01/06/2004. Our jetsetting Scots SF author Ken Macleod flies out to Croatia as a guest at the Sferakon convention. He finds the old world of Yugoslav science fiction intriguing, from the pulp cover translations of Western SF novels to state-sponsored SFF societies.

The Weird Tale of 'Pulgasari'
01/06/2004. Mark takes a look at the fantasy film Pulgasari; featuring a beast which was a North Korean giant monster who ate iron and grew to hundreds of feet high. It's director was kidnapped from South Korea, taken to North Korea, imprisoned for four years with no explanation, and then forced to make the only Marxist monster movie.

Reality's reset button
01/05/2004. In our reality, do we have a reset button?

A Different Sort of Reality
01/05/2004. The Galactic Senate: polls & voting for May 2004.

Dreaming Of The Compass Rose
01/05/2004. Fantasy author Vera Nazarian is quizzed by our Donna on making the Nebula Award Preliminary Ballot and how she was forced to flee the former Soviet Union during the Cold War.

Out of the Labyrinth
01/05/2004. Howard Hendrix, author of The Labyrinth Key, on writing historically real characters, the political component of his fiction, and Howard's guide to quantum physics.

RSS and Science Fiction: The Definitive Guide
01/05/2004. There's a whole new universe opening up online for the SFF genre using the Internet's new RSS technology. But what the heck is RSS, how do you get it, and why should you care?

Adolf Hitler: Man or Myth?
01/05/2004. Scots SFF author Ken MacLeod thinks it's time for the British to blush, as a new survey reveals that large swathes of the UK's population think Conan was real and The War of the Worlds, H.G. Wells's fictional account of a Martian invasion, actually happened.

Truth, honesty. And the Internet way of life.
01/04/2004. Sitting here under the Betelgeuse sun, sipping my favourite cocktail, a lovely mixture of hemlock and cyanide - it might sound poisonous to you but it has one hell of a kick for someone of my physiology with a distaste for alcohol, I can leisurely contemplate the human view on the computerised universe.

Cover'd in Glory
01/04/2004. Terry Gibbons has laboured long and hard to produce one of the most definitive sites in the genre - the subject in question being magazine cover art (from the early pulps to the modern favourites).

Life on Mars
01/04/2004. The Galactic Senate: polls & voting for April 2004.

An Altered Author
01/04/2004. Richard Morgan, author of Altered Carbon, on giving up the day job, his movie deal with Warner Brothers, and making a big splash in the hard boiled science fiction genre.

Cyberpunks in White Nylon
01/04/2004. Now for something completely different. The, err, heroine of Marianne de Pierres' debut cyberpunk novel Nylon Angel, interviewed about her bust up face and life in a down and dirty future.

Holt Right There
01/04/2004. Fantasy author Tom Holt on whether it's really possible to write a SFF novel about office life, his first job as a porter in an auction-house, and the funniest thing he's ever heard.

The Tears of an Angel: A Stake In The Heart For Angel Fans
01/04/2004. The Buffy the Vampire Slayer spin-off, Angel, has reached the end of it's bloodsucking run. But we know at least one fan who is seeing red over the decision to cancel the series. Taste her red rage here ...

The hitch-hiker's guide to French Science-Fiction
01/04/2004. French SF has a glorious past - remember Jules Verne? - and, hopefully, a bright future. But Jean-Claude finds the present situation a little more difficult to decode. Especially when you try to evaluate it on the same scale as Anglo-American SF.

Time And The Terminator
01/04/2004. Uncle Geoff ponders the paradox implicit in the statement: 'The future is not set. 'There is no fate but what we make for ourselves.' Time travel? Altering the past? What the heck is that all about.

To thine own self be true ...
01/03/2004. How do you see other people? All right, those waving their arms up in the air shouting, ‘With my eyes’, kindly sit down although it does have some bearing.

The Re-Imagined
01/03/2004. The Galactic Senate: polls & voting for March 2004.

Jensen Intercepted
01/03/2004. Author Jane Jensen on her near-future thriller, Dante's Equation. With clever science, baffling Torah code, devious secret agents and just a little bit of romance, what more could you want from a book?

Embracing the Zahn Side
01/03/2004. Author Timothy Zahn interviewed on creating alien characters and races, his returning to the Star Wars universe, and his new young-adult Dragonback series ... that's fantasy you know, if the title wasn't a bit of a giveaway.

The Troubles of Time Travel
01/03/2004. Anne Groell, senior editor at the Bantam Spectra publishing imprint, ruminates on the time in every science fiction editor's life when one has to edit the dread 'Time Travel' novel. Yikes, move over, Terminator ...

Finding Philcon
01/03/2004. Evelyn drops by Philcon 2003, and finds the answers to some thorny questions at the convention. Like why hasn't Lovecraft spawned a good movie yet, and just why do conventional SFF publishers miss so much of the good stuff?

Re-thinking Re-imagining (or B.S. Galactica)
01/03/2004. Joseph Nanni on why re-imagining classic SFF television series is enough to shrivel the soul of any true fan. Hmmm. Battlestar Galactica anyone?

Open Letter to an Open Enemy
01/03/2004. Scots SFF author Ken MacLeod has written science fiction novels which make frequent passing reference to the Soviet Union, Lenin, Trotsky, and communism. But he does not regard Lenin as a mass murderer, any more than he regards Cromwell, Napoleon, Lincoln, Roosevelt or Churchill as mass murderers. Read why here ...

Is space the final frontier ... or the distance between a certain president’s ears?
01/02/2004. One of the joys of writing editorials here is I can either get something off my chest or occasionally I can be very topical to show how up-to-date I am and hope the facts that I’m picking up on aren’t suddenly going to become dated or altered by a different revelation, fact or opinion.

Winning the X-Prize
01/02/2004. The Galactic Senate: polls & voting for February 2004.

The Man Who Sold the Moon
01/02/2004. Scots SF author Ken Macleod reckons that watching George W. Bush's recent speech at NASA felt like science fiction coming true. But reservations ... well, he's got a few.

Human Stories of Mars
01/02/2004. The successful landing of the NASA rover Spirit in Gusev Crater on Mars has caught the world's imagination, but England's favourite hard SF author, Stephen Baxter, thinks that our attention will soon move on.

Sixty-Two And A Half Miles High
01/02/2004. Scottish SF writer Rod MacDonald on the X Prize Foundation and the strange British dreams of a privately funded space race.

Starfleet In Motion
01/02/2004. There's rather a lot of crew on a Federation starship. So apart from jogging around a lot during a red alert, what the heck do they all do? Uncle Geoff muses on the unlucky blue shirts who draw the Enterprise's toilet duty.

Sea of Souls
01/02/2004. Interviews with actors Bill Paterson and Archie Panjabi, stars of the BBC's shortly-to-be-released new X Files-style television series, 'Sea of Souls'.

I dream of genre
01/01/2004. In an odd way, I’m hoping to prove a point with this month’s survey question, namely do SF fans, that’s you reading this by the way, also have an interest in espionage, either real or fictional? We wanted to cover other genres but the survey is only a two option choice.

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow ...
01/01/2004. I don't know about you folks, but I love pulp fiction on the small and not so small screen – not the Tarantino movie (ok, I like that too, although it's not technically SFF), but the whole wide genre.

Science Fiction Solo?
01/01/2004. The Galactic Senate: polls & voting for January 2004.

Brian Aldiss: the Master of Glacial Helliconia
01/01/2004. Brian Aldiss, one of Britain's greatest authors, interviewed. He holds forth to our Hunty on why he was glad Michael Moorcock appeared in the sixties, why his Helliconia trilogy is just about a change in the weather, and the terrible unwisdom of terraforming Mars.

Hunt vs Hunt
01/01/2004. SFF author Walter Hunt interviewed by SFF author Stephen Hunt. Crikes, that's a whole lot of Hunt-ing going on for Christmas. The author of the crackingly good military SF epic The Dark Wing tells us how the idea of an implacable alien enemy that won't make peace with us, with a religion that teaches that humanity shouldn't exist, comes disturbingly close to home given the events of the past year.

Star Trek: Nemesis (Mark's Take)
01/01/2004. As the "Star Trek" series seems slowly to lose steam, Mark finds the movie contains one late - uncharacteristic - burst of life and energy, a science-fictional examination of the nature-nurture question. Picard and Data each meet physically identical copies of their former selves and each must deal with the similarities and differences. The question faced is, what makes a person who he is?

Novacon 33
01/01/2004. Pauline brings you a personal appraisal of the UK's favourite annual science fiction convention and why, after 33 years without missing one, it is now almost a matter of pride for her to attend.

01/01/2004. It was one of the most select restaurants of Time. Beyond Knot Pitt, marked on any chronotopic map of the Tourism Special Offices ... Michael Haulica serves up some time twistery in the form of his latest short SF story.

Enjoying Jackson's Take On Tolkien
01/01/2004. Now that Jackson's take on the Lord of the Rings trilogy has been put to bed, Joseph asks just what has been achieved ... and will history smile on this particular cinematic adaptation?

The Shipment (Star Trek Enterprise)
01/01/2004. The Shipment was designed to be a turning point for Enterprise; more specifically, the episode is meant to change the way the viewer responds to the Xindi, by making the race more sympathetic. Unfortunately, our Evan tended to find the writers' tactics here just a little on the obvious side.

Building a Better Battlestar
01/04/2003. Yep it's time for Galacticon 2003, announcing the fans' 25th anniversary salute to the stars, producers, writers and crew of the original Battlestar Galactica TV series.

The Big Bam Boom
01/10/2002. John Aegard takes a bemused look at the Orion Project, where NASA and its chums were planning to hurl a spaceship into orbit and beyond by riding the blast generated by a series of atomic explosions.

Andromeda Arse
01/11/2000. The Galactic Senate: polls & voting for November 2000.

Was Deke Deckard a Replicant?
01/11/1999. An appraisal of the flaws in the 'Blade Runner' film by Uncle Geoff.

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