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November 2010 ISSUE

Sherlock Holmes & the Science Fiction of Deduction

Despite being brilliant, the great Sherlock Holmes is an ignoramus when it comes to the astronomical workings of the planets and stars. In the first Holmes novel, A Study in Scarlet, he accosts Watson on the subject: "What the deuce is it to me? You say that we go round [...]

May 2010 ISSUE

Stranger Than Science Fiction: Into the Alternate Dimension of Mainstream Literature

Sometimes I imagine a world where stories are experienced not by reading, listening or seeing, but are instead comprehended through telepathic signals sent directly from the stories themselves. Here stories are living, corporeal things, floating around in the air like butterflies, or humming birds, or bats. In one scenario, I am [...]