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Our Violent National Game

The great hockey debate continues

Pax Atlantica

NATO’s long-lasting relevance

Robert Charles Wilson

Robert Charles Wilson is a Toronto-area writer whose novels include the Hugo Award winner Spin (Toronto Books, 2005).  His forthcoming novel, Last Year (Tor Books, 2016), is a story of time travel.

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Robert Charles Wilson

Against the Clock

Time travel’s improbable legacy in literature and science October 2016
In June 2016, the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ontario, hosted a conference on the subject of “Time in Cosmology.” One of the questions debated by the attendees was the reality of time. Do past, present and future exist in any meaningful sense? Any expectation that physicists might have a comprehensive answer to that venerable question would not have survived exposure to even a single…

Bruno's Brilliant Heresy

Worlds orbiting distant stars have become a tantalizing reality. May 2011
From one perspective, contemporary science can seem like an expensive inquiry into nature’s vast store of trivia. Few of us lie awake at night worrying about the mass of the Higgs boson, after all. String theory does not balance a chequebook, and loop quantum gravity will not drive your ten-year-old to soccer practice. It is easy to forget that the questions scientists are addressing…

A Dystopia Sketched in Crayon

Margaret Atwood revisits the ecological apocalypse. October 2009
Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood is a sequel and a companion piece to her earlier novel Oryx and Crake. Like that book, The Year of the Flood is arguably a work of science fiction, and, like that book, it raises interesting questions about literature and genre. The Year of the Flood takes place in a near-future dystopia that is collapsing under its own…