We’re Walking in the Air: Tracing the Snowy Tracks of Sentient Snowmen

“We’re walking in the air, we’re floating in the moonlit sky.” (“Walking in the Air” from The Snowman, 1982) From The Snowman (1978, 1982), the classic short read that has adorned coffee tables for decades, to the surprisingly heartwarming Jack Frost (1998), and even to Doctor Who (2012), snowmen have been depicted as living, breathing,…

Just Peace: Ambitious Politics in Doctor Who

Yes, in this post I will be discussing specific scenes. Yes, there will be spoilers. Doctor Who is an awesome show; you don’t need me to tell you that. Full of action, sci-fi, and a dash of romance, it has captivated viewers over many generations. Even if you aren’t interested in any of these aspects…

Impractical Immortality: Do You Really Want to Live Forever?

Well, do you? Really? The idea of immortality, in one form or another, comes up frequently in speculative fiction: elves, Timelords, divine beings, cursed humans, and undying monsters are all easy to find between pages and on screens. Immortality is often a flexible concept, ranging from gods that are all-powerful and cannot die but can—with…