Tag: humanism

Far Beyond the Stars

The 13th episode of the 6th season of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is titled “Far Beyond the Stars”. In it, Captain Benjamin Sisko experiences hallucinations in which he is a science fiction writer in the 1950s names Benny Russell,…

Humanist Science Fiction

I have previously discussed what I’ve termed “optimistic” vs “pessimistic” science fiction, and also stated my very strong preference for optimism in fiction. But certain works even within that category become my special favorites, the works that I love above…

Robots, Humanity, and Emotion

“The Encyclopedia Galactica defines a robot as ‘a mechanical apparatus designed to do the work of a man.’ The marketing division of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation defines a robot as ‘Your Plastic Pal Who’s Fun To Be With.’” – The…

The Importance of Fantasy

I read very little realistic fiction. Since I was very young, most of what I’ve read has been fantasy, sci-fi, historical fiction. That’s not to say I don’t or won’t read anything “real”, but it makes up a very small…

Why Does Space Matter?

Space.  The final frontier.  Space is big.  Really big.  Space.  It seems to go on and on forever.  Space is to place as eternity is to time.  Space […] can never be conquered.  Our destiny is in the stars, so…