“Cat’s Cradle: The Sin of Scientists and Systems” by Ben Berman Ghan

Science Fiction (SF) is a genre often used to explore how scientists and science are a source of evil, potentially leading to the demise of civilization. Works such as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus (1818) have well established the trope of the mad scientist who focuses on unnatural or evil experiments. Kurt Vonnegut Jr.’sContinue reading ““Cat’s Cradle: The Sin of Scientists and Systems” by Ben Berman Ghan”

A Children’s Crusade in Reverse (Slaughterhouse Five in review)

[feeling a little unstuck? that might be because I’ve written on this novel before: God Bless You, Mr. Vonnegut. In some circles, I’m known for talking about Vonnegut a lot, so you can also check out my review of one of the author’s weirdest works Slapstick, which Vonnegut himself graded a D, and my paper on Cat’sContinue reading “A Children’s Crusade in Reverse (Slaughterhouse Five in review)”

A Short letter to myself and others, on the subject of Literary Reference

There is something which writers are guilty, When educated in literature. It is a vanity they cannot help, Poets, Hacks, Wretches, all suffer alike. * They are all trying to hide other works – Inside our own, love letters in letters Easter eggs of literature waiting To be found by readers with a sly wink.Continue reading “A Short letter to myself and others, on the subject of Literary Reference”

Arrival – A Case of Déjà vu

Originally posted on University of Toronto's One & Only Genre Journal:
Walking into Arrival, directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Eric Heisserer, I only knew a little about the movie. I knew that it was based on the short story “Story of Your Life” by author Ted Chiang which I have not read (it’s…

The Ink-Stained-Wretch

It’s hard to say where the expression Ink-Stained-Wretch originates. Though I have found almost no reliable sources, at least one researcher told me in passing that the phrase comes from Canadian novelist Hugh Garner. Kurt Vonnegut’s novel Deadeye Dick attributes it to Alexander Woollcott, but this is probably wrong as well. To great alarm, IContinue reading “The Ink-Stained-Wretch”

Nanowrimo, or how I learned to stop word-counting and love the bomb

Hello writers and readers. As this is written, it is the end of November. While most people know November as that month where basically nothing happens, other than American Thanksgiving, some of you know it as Nanowrimo! (For those not in the know, that’s National Novel Writing Month) This is the month where all aroundContinue reading “Nanowrimo, or how I learned to stop word-counting and love the bomb”

God Bless You, Mr. Vonnegut

Originally posted on University of Toronto's One & Only Genre Journal:
Image from amazon.com “Billy Pilgrim has become unstuck in time.” These are the words that begin Kurt Vonnegut’s great 1969 novel Slaughterhouse-Five, also known as The Children’s Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death. This is not Vonnegut’s only work of science fiction; indeed, it…

Reach for the Stars! Or in Defence of Science Fiction Literature

Originally posted on University of Toronto's One & Only Genre Journal:
“I rejoice in accepting it for, and sharing it with, all the writers who’ve been excluded from literature for so long—my fellow authors of fantasy and science fiction, writers of the imagination, who for fifty years have watched the beautiful rewards go to…