Fame and Money Velocity

Was reading an interesting tidbit on the Internet yesterday about the misbehavior of the CEO of Chipotle. I’ve never cared for or about Chipotle, personally. You don’t need them after you to go the El Paso Taqueria on Blair Street, anyway. The negative notoriety reinforces something I’ve known for a long time about fame and why…

O’Reilly Auto Parts Hid a BTTF Easter Egg in Their Catalog

Great Scott! Someone posted a link to this hilarious easter egg on Reddit. O’Reilly has a functioning Flux Capacitor on their online store catalog. You can’t buy it, it’s permanently unavailable, so I suspect that it may simply be in there for QA testing (darn you, nerds!). It’s funny all the same. Does this mean…

The Path to the Dark Side

Sigh … Another week, another round of stories about reboots. Disney is planning to reboot TRON and Scarlett Johansson is starring in a reboot of Ghost in the Shell. Despite my hopeful words about reboots a few weeks ago, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that reboots and legasequels are still a thing. The ship of our genre doesn’t…

Precision Takes Time

Some brief thoughts after finishing the first draft of ‘Victoria Crater.’ It took me MUCH longer than I expected to write this short story. I took breaks to re-focus my brain on telling the right story and use the right style. It’s harder than it looks. I asked myself over and over again, am I…

Painting

As you can see, I updated the header for Inkican.com – I’m experimenting with some visuals to help feed my writing. From time to time, I’ll show you what I’m up to. For right now, please enjoy this free wallpaper.

Please Make Your Own Universe

Ugh, no … please don’t. Just heard about this new fanfilm of ‘Blade Runner,’ and I have to say that I’m not thrilled. Then I started reading about how production of ‘Axanar’, the Star Trek fan film is also moving forward. I know I’m just one voice, but I want to take this opportunity to…

Dear Sci-Fi: We Need to Talk – Part Two: The Purity Test

In the week since I posted Part One of this train of thought, I had a couple of conversations that reinforce what I’m saying about the sci-fi community messing itself up. One conversation took place on Reddit itself and the other took place with one of the friends I can – because of my disability…

It’s About the Story, Stupid

I’m going to avoid adding onto the ‘Dear Sci-Fi: We Need to Talk’ discussion today. I don’t want to add to overall discord of the world, there are way too many scary things going on out there and we come to sci-fi to escape them. That, in and of itself, may be *why* we argue…

Sci-Fi: Rebooting the Reboots

Yes. Yes, yes and *YES.* Had to blog about this: read something very encouraging this morning from one of my favorite directors, J.J. Abrams. Like me, he’s tired of sci-fi reboots: You know, I do think that if you’re telling a story that is not moving anything forward, not introducing anything that’s relevant, that’s not…

Dear Sci-Fi: We Need to Talk – Part One

As promised, a special comment about the direction of sci-fi and how it might avoid some of the community-killing habits experienced by other groups of people in 2016. No one argues that science fiction is a genre, a medium of art, that is built upon imagination. However, it has become apparent to me, and perhaps to you…