Month: September 2009

Your daily dose of mukokuseki

Mukokuseki (?????) is a word meaning “without country of origin.” Since Koichi Iwabuchi started using it to refer to the statelessness of anime, the term has come into more common use among Western critics. Generally it refers to the way Japanese cultural products can be seen to erase national history and identity in an attempt …

I've been Boinged!

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw what Cory Doctorow wrote about my story: This week’s Escape Pod podcast story is Madeline Ashby’s ?oyfriend, a marvellous, sweetly romantic science fiction story about teenagers who use clever artificial intelligences as “training wheels” on the way to their first real love, but who quickly find themselves …

World War C: David Forbes on war and climate change

Normally, my capacity as (an admittedly erstwhile) contributor to WorldChanging Canada means that I must remain optimistic about our planet’s future. And mostly, I like thinking that way, because it means thinking about innovation and creation rather than destruction. It’s easy to think about destroying something; it’s much harder to actually consider building something from …