Felix Writes: Science Fiction

Sci-fi / Science Fiction

Updates for 2016-02-19:

For me, this is the first big milestone on a long road that started in childhood. Vryheid isn't just my first novel, but also the culmination of many stories I wrote to explore the concept of freedom and its many complexities. It's hardly epic, and probably flawed, but if you want a story set in an exotic city, lavishly described, and to think about society while enjoying an adventure, give it a try. Thank you.

My writing

Contemporary

Invader
It's an ordinary day at the beach until a stranger shows up... and nothing will ever be the same again.

Near future

Urban
a vignette based on an older, abandoned story. Near-future (almost) science fiction.
Gray World
cyberpunk story expanding on the aforementioned vignette.
Low Bandwidth
second story in the Gray World series.
Peripheral
Cyberpunk epistolary novelette about a rich teenager in hiding on the edges of a near-future society that's falling apart, who learns a different way of life and that things aren't black and white; takes place about ten years after the first two stories.

Medium future

Sufficiently Advanced Technology
A story that bridges my cyberpunk and science-fantasy settings.
Parole Planet
Science fiction novelette about a young man stranded on a distant planet, among strangers with odd customs... that will slowly change him; a rather different perspective on the same transitional setting.

Far future

Bazaar in the stars
A short story I wrote on a whim and had unexpected success with. Transhuman science-fantasy.
Arrow in the Sky
Prequel to Bazaar in the Stars; based on a friend's characters and outline.
Second Contact
Short surreal piece based in the same setting; a story of massive culture shock.
Distant Encounters
On a lost colony recently rediscovered, some people will kill to maintain their power now that the starships are returning. (Much longer sequel to Second Contact.)
Collectivity
Stand-alone, space opera novelette in the same setting, a reinterpretation of the Borg from Star Trek.
Vryheid
A story about freedom, power and what it means to be the boss, set in an exotic far-future city where transhumanism takes strange forms and outsiders find their values challenged.

Fantasy

Dead of Night
A horror vignette I came up with in a nightmare, and wrote down breathlessly before breakfast.
Afterlife by Night
A long in the making urban fantasy novella, or "paranormal bromance" as I like to call it.
Little Magic
Shipwrecked on a distant shore, with no hope of returning home, Jinx only possesses one thing of value: a unique magical ability. But soon that will make all the difference in the world; a planetary romance novelette.
Dragon's Wish
Flash fiction of the low fantasy persuasion, based on Shanri's original premise.
The Wolf With the Red Cap
a Rule 63 fairy tale based on Kantuck's original premise.
The Watch
short, surreal story with a dash of magic realism, based on a recent dream.

Old and/or abandoned

The Pack
A friend's post-apocalyptic story loosely based on an idea of mine.
A discussion of science fiction cliches
Just what it says on the tin; focus is on space opera.
Conversion tables and calculators
Useful conversions for sci-fi fans and (especially) writers.

Reviews

Books

Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom
My first meeting with post-singularity fiction.
Terms of Service reviewed
A Creative Commons fantasy novel.
Olaf Stapledon And The Future That Was and Last and First Men revisited
A two-part review of the titular book.
Late to the party: Interview with the Vampire
Yes, I finally got around to reading this particular classic.

Movies

What Nobody Ever Says About Avatar
Self-explanatory; not quite a review.
The I, Robot movie: bad, yet interesting
Just what it says on the tin.
So, I went to see Inception...
A few thoughts on the titular movie.
Brave Story, a paradoxical anime
And yet again I comment on a movie with ups and downs.

Nostalgia

Back in the 1990es
Youth science fiction in Bucharest
History of a Star Trek Club
There were at least two in Bucharest in the 1990es; this is about the one I was in.

Sci-fi by friends

The Universe, by Mark Burger
A pastiche of 1950s B-series science fiction movies with an intriguing premise.