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…

Rogue One: Now *That* Was a Star Wars Movie

So briefly, before I get into this topic, let me say this: If you think Rogue One was bad, then you are wrong. I’m no Lucas apologist, but that movie was awesome. It had everything going for it that Episode One *should* have had. No references to THX 1138, no Wilhelm scream’s, no throwbacks to…

The JK Rowling School of ‘How to be Famous.’

I’m going to make you a promise right now: If I become a successful author, it’s because I’m a successful author. Nothing else. There are so many other things in life that are important, far beyond what they’re saying we should care about. If nothing else good comes for 2016, maybe it’ll go down as the…

All I Ever Needed to Know I Learned in The Sprawl

All I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned by reading the Sprawl Series by William Gibson. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in Matrix, where knowledge hits you like a video game. These are the things I…

In Memoriam – Carrie Fisher – 1956-2016

I know I’m the last person you want to hear from on this, but like you I’m affected deeply by the loss of this talented and classy lady. I posted this tribute on Imgur and am passing along to you: More than a princess She was a survivor, a mensch, a powerful actor as well as…

Choice

Something very sad happened to me today. One of my professional colleagues surprised me by telling me of a decision. Because of my recent pivot to this new role as Jackson Allen the Author, he didn’t feel he and I could be friends anymore. I’m shocked and saddened, but of course I respect his decision….

Broken Authors Make Beautiful Stories

I was driving in the car today, listening to an old Oasis B-side called ‘Acquiesce.’ Some songs make me see movies in my head and Acquiesce is one of them. Since the song is supposed to be about friendship and brotherhood, I always see the beginning of a movie, where the credits roll over a montage…

Geek Social Fallacy

I found this article and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since. A fallacy is a ‘a mistaken belief, especially one based on unsound argument.’ Humans have been studying social fallacies for thousands of years; the Argumentum ad Populum is more commonly known as ‘everyone else is doing it.’ Social fallacies come in all…