The Wrong Gadgets

The Wrong Gadgets

The Wrong Gadgets

Science Fiction is frequently accused of being a genre that’s too much about gadgets. I tend to think that we focus on the wrong gadgets, and that’s why that generalization is made. Read More »

The Escape Pod:  Listen to your Science Fiction

The Escape Pod: Listen to your Science Fiction

Escape Pod is a publication which has embraced the digital age. They pay their authors at a professional level, but their stories are available for free as podcast, and also for reading on their site. Read More »

SyFy.  Not a Mispelling, Just an Awful Channel.

SyFy. Not a Mispelling, Just an Awful Channel.

There are a lot of reasons for a Science Fiction fan to dislike the channel. One would be that several nights of the week, they play professional wrestling in prime time. Even the worst space operas are more realistic. Read More »

Review: Leviathan Rising by Jonathan Green

Review: Leviathan Rising by Jonathan Green

Review:  Leviathan Rising Leviathan Rising in many ways  reminds me of older styles of Science Fiction.  It’s a story set in our near future.  Mankind has colonized Mars and set up stations asteroid belts, but so far has not left this solar sys... Read More »

The Trouble With God Powers. (No, I’m not talking about realism.)

Among diehard science fiction fans, there is this argument that happens quite frequently.  Someone will mention how in a series, the protagonist used a stargate to jump from one point in the universe, and how they thought it was cool. Someone in the ... Read More »

Number One at the Box Office, and Still a Failure.

Number One at the Box Office, and Still a Failure.

The movies have changed a great deal in the last twenty years.  One of the most interesting changes is that it’s not that unusual anymore for someone to review the number one most seen movie in the country, and pronounce it a failure.  There is... Read More »

Atlanta Nights:  A good, bad example.

Atlanta Nights: A good, bad example.

Science Fiction authors have frequently felt that their genre was treated badly by publishers.  When PublishAmerica wrote on its own web site that [SF and fantasy writers] have no clue about what it is to write real-life stories, and how to find them... Read More »

William Gibson’s formulae for success: No rayguns.

Not long ago I started rereading the Moon is  a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein.  It’s an interesting book, but the thing that really struck me when I read it was the startling amount of exposition.  Exposition is the portion of the story that intr... Read More »

Special Effects, then and now

Special Effects, then and now

  When Forbidden Planet came back out way back in 1956, it was on the cutting edge of animation, and lots of people were talking about how it showed things on film which hadn’t been seen before. It’s the story of how explorers find a man shipwre... Read More »

Fast Versus Slow Zombies

Lately there has been an unstoppable wave of zombies movies rampaging through the cinema, and lately even onto television.  Zombie movies are so well known that many of the new movies don’t even bother to bring up certain basic assumptions that... Read More »

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