Stormfields

Mark Twain vs. The Machine

Though neither a radical nor a Christian—nor, for that matter, even a romantic in the vein of Blake who feared the “dark Satanic mills” of Industrial England—Mark Twain identified the late-nineteenth century fear of the machine run amok perfectly in… Read More

Bradbury and F451–Over at TIC

My thoughts on Bradbury and F451. Perfect Sunday afternoon reading–sans mechanical hounds. http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2015/06/ray-bradbury-the-dystopia-of-fahrenheit-451.html

George Orwell–at TIC

This morning, the wonderful editors at The Imaginative Conservative posted a piece I wrote on George Orwell. Despite his blistering attacks on all forms of socialism in his fiction, many scholars have considered Orwell a socialist. Yet, as… Read More

Some Dystopian Reading–In the News

Some really interesting articles have appeared over the past few weeks dealing with dystopian literature. Wired has a bit of a spirited debate: Against: http://www.wired.com/2014/08/stop-writing-dystopian-sci-fiits-making-us-all-fear-technology/ In favor: http://www.wired.com/2014/08/no-dystopian-sci-fi-isnt-bad-for-society-we-actually-need-it-more-than-ever/ While, the London Guardian is worried: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/sep/01/ya-dystopias-children-free-market-hunger-games-the-giver-divergent What I strongly disagree with is the… Read More