Book Review: Invisible Planets

Ken Liu, the Editor of this story collection, spends a part of the foreword to warn the reader: Given the realities of China’s politics and its uneasy relationship with the West, it is natural for Western readers encountering Chinese science fiction to see it through the lens of Western dreams and hopes and fairy tales…

Book Review: Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges

If Borges had been born at the end instead of the beginning of the 20th century, we might never have been blessed with his wonderful stories as he would have become a software developer instead. At least he seems deeply fascinated by topics like recursion, logic and infinity. Some of his essays could have been…

Pokemon Team Report: Armor Beginnings Cup

I stopped playing competitive Pokemon for a while because I have some networking issues on my switch. It always takes multiple tries to find an opponent, presumably because I have no ipv4 address. But when I realized that there was an interesting tournament this weekend I couldn’t resist participating regardless. In the Armor Beginnings Cup,…

Book Review: Instantiation by Greg Egan

Greg Egan’s latest short story collection “Instantiation” consists of 11 hard science fiction stories that were published between 2013 and 2019. His ideas on how technology and science might evolve are as interesting and mindblowing as ever, and you get a quite diverse set of them here. Just to name a few examples: What would…

Short Story: Solving Theodicy for good

Why does God permit the manifestation of evil? I think it’s probably for the same reason that there are small, well-known bugs in every sufficiently large piece of software: The pain that would be caused by trying to fix the bug would outweigh the potential benefits. See, God is a pretty intelligent fellow. He figured…