Everybody Starts Somewhere and Other Notes

Hello sports fans … Some quick notes while I take a break from being a writer to get over this bug I came down with. Re-watching Season One of Stranger Things in preparation for the next season that releases in a couple of days. I know I’ve talked about it before, but really … I’m…

Benefits of a Creative Sci-Fi Life

Sorry, not sorry – I like Taylor Swift. For the most part, I find her music fun to listen to and her lyrics can be jaw-droppingly insightful. When I heard the buzz about “Look at What You Made Me Do,” I scooted over to Youtube and checked it out. No offense to Ms. Swift or…

All Hail Solarpunk

As I’ve said before, science fiction is brilliant about imagining a future where the future just *is*. Thirty-plus years ago, William Gibson kicked off a new genre of science fiction called cyberpunk, imagining the end-state of our brilliance and our cynicism. Now, in a world where our hopelessness is all but assured, science fiction is…

More Proof that Ron Howard is Awesome

We didn’t need to be told, but it’s nice to know anyway. Long before we discussed the horror of Jar-Jar Binks, long before the world was aware of the impact of TPM on Jake Lloyd’s life, Ron Howard sent this blistering response to Newsweek’s review of Episode One. Jake Lloyd was one of the first…

The Future Doesn’t Always Have to Suck

Oofa … wow. There are studies out there that suggest a steady diet of bad news is bad for your mental health. Once you understand that, you can understand why I’m not in love with Neill Blomkamp’s visually stunning new short, ‘Rakka.’ If you haven’t seen it yet, you can watch it here Don’t get…

Ron Howard Comes Home for Han Solo

Like you, I was happy to read about Ron Howard directing the Star Wars Han Solo project. Not only is Howard a talented director / producer (We won’t talk about the Dan Brown projects), he’s got history with Lucasfilm that I think will work to his advantage. Here’s how: People know and love ‘American Graffiti’ but…

Enemy at the Gatekeepers

Reddit teaches you so much; I discovered the /r/gatekeeping/ forum and instantly fell in love. Gatekeeping is when someone takes it upon themselves to decide who does or does not have access or rights to a community or identity. Science fiction, as I’m sure you’re aware, is full of people just like this. Don’t get me…

Horizon: Zero Dawn is NeoClassic SciFi

Horizon: Zero Dawn has been taking a chunk out of my productivity as a writer. After four weeks and several dozen hours, I’m finished and I have a few things to say. To begin with, don’t consider this a video game review. Other people have reviewed the game, and my only comment is that ‘yes, it…