If you’ve been following my blog (or my Twitter account) for the last month or so, you’ll have noticed that I’ve been talking about my upcoming posts for an event called Sci-Fi Month. Here’s the gist if you’re just tuning in now: together with 50+ bloggers, we’ll be spending November talking about all aspects of science fiction; books, movies, TV shows, reviews, giveaways, and more.
Here are my planned contributions to the event. I’ve talked about my ideas before, but I’ve been adjusting and paring the list of topics down:
November 1: An introductory post about myself, how I came to science fiction, where I am now, and where I want to go in the field. Douglas Adams, Arthur C. Clarke, and especially Isaac Asimov make appearances.
November 11: A review of Isaac Asimov’s The Caves of Steel, which will be a re-read. I described the premise in a previous post.
November 13: A review of Madeline Ashby’s vN. Here’s the description from Angry Robot Books’ website:
Amy Peterson is a von Neumann machine, a self-replicating humanoid robot.
For the past five years, she has been grown slowly as part of a mixed organic/synthetic family. She knows very little about her android mother’s past, so when her grandmother arrives and attacks her mother, little Amy wastes no time: she eats her alive.
Now she carries her malfunctioning granny as a partition on her memory drive, and she’s learning impossible things about her clade’s history – like the fact that the failsafe that stops all robots from harming humans has failed… Which means that everyone wants a piece of her, some to use her as a weapon, others to destroy her.
November 15: A post titled “Robot vs. Robot”. I compare and contrast The Caves of Steel and vN. Two books, written almost 60 years apart, examining human-robot interaction. What’s changed in science fiction’s representation of robots, and how humans react to them? What do these books reveal about humanity?
November 17, 18, and 25: I review and recap Almost Human, a new science fiction show that features a human cop and his android partner.
There you have it. If you have any questions about my plans for this event, please drop me a line at terracognition [at] gmail [dot] com or message me on Twitter at @Dan_Mansfield. I’m really looking forward to this month and interacting with the science fiction community.