Waveries is a somewhat tongue-in-cheek reference to the 1945 Fredric Brown story by the same name, a story in which invisible beings–or simply EM waves on a return path–bombard earth with its history of radio and television transmission.  In Brown’s story, the waveries’ interference with electricity forces an unexpectedly pleasant reorganization of society that allows humanity to regain its appreciation of the arts, exercise, and silence.  Here, the reference is meant to suggest the cyclical nature of ideas, their tendency to return home whether we expect or welcome them, and humanity’s talent for finding art within the noise.  Each wavery highlights a current crossover with popular culture that new readers may enjoy researching further in the genre.

  • Waveries at Chicon (Sept 2012)
  • The Battling Psychiatrists of Awake, The Long Goodbye, and “A Wild Surmise”
  • The Wounded Planet and Other Anthologies of Environmental SF
  • Reality television: The Great Escape and other Hunger Games in Early SF
  • Gaming, Writing, World-Building: Metaphors of Godhood in Early SF
  • Peeling Off My Skin: Identity Metaphors in Early SF
  • Mainstream Writers in Early SF: Experiments
  • “Mr. Costello, Hero”: Anti-McCarthyism in 50’s SF
  • “Down Among the Dead Men”: The Post-WW II Soldier’s Body in 50’s SF
  • “America the Beautiful”: Satires of The American Dream in the Short Fiction of Leiber, Bester, and Pohl
  • Resurrected Melodies: Four Composers As Imagined by Early SF
  • “The Old Folks’ Party”: Generations in Conflict in Early SF
  • More Than Human: Composite Beings, “Units,” and Group Identities in Early SF
  • Haraway and Taxonomy in John Campbell Jr.’s Essay, “What It Means To Be Human”
  • Is SF “Literature?”: A Debate Between Henry James and H. G. Wells
  • Are You Alive?: Four Types of Artificial Life in The Wizard of Oz Novels

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