Non-Fiction


Here are some essays, reviews, and occasional pieces I have written over the years.


A MEMOIR

      Sympathy for the Devil:  A Memoir


A TALK ON THE POST-HUMAN FUTURE

Imagining the Human Future: Up, Down, or Sideways


MY MOST CONTROVERSIAL ESSAY


       Creating the Innocent Killer: Ender's Game, Intention, and Morality

Cited in my above essay is:

"In the Bugger Tunnels of Planet Eros: Gay Sex and Death in the Science Fiction of Orson Scott Card," by Kate Bonin

 



TWO PIECES ON JAMES PATRICK KELLY
Cutting up an Ox (Introduction to Kelly's Think Like a Dinosaur and Other Stories)

The Rime of the Ancient Scrivener (doggerel on the occasion of Kelly's birthday)
 



SEVERAL ANNOTATED LISTS (ready to provoke argument)
29 Years, 29 Books:  The Works that Most Influenced SF, 1963-1992

Ten Underappreciated SF Novels



ABOUT OTHER WRITERS
Lawrence Rudner and Memory's Tailor

Final Grade Report:  Andy Duncan

Thomas Disch, 1940-2008



JUST FOR FUN

The Education of Gregory Frost

Who I'll Cast When They Let Me Direct...

 



OPINIONS:  Several Essays from the defunct magazine Short Form:
"'A Letter from the Clearys' and the SF Audience" (in which I gratuitously insult sf readers)

"Why SF is Not Welcome in the Parlor" (in which I explain what Langston Hughes and I have in common)

"Robert Heinlein:  One Sane Man?" (in which I gratuitously insult the greatest American SF writer)

"Crowley's Blues" (in which I dive deep into John Crowley's story "In Blue")

"Demonizing Literature"(in which I defend James Joyce and literary fiction)




OTHER STUFF
 
A brief note on the Heaven's Gate suicides

A Commencement Talk from December 1999