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…

Totally stealing this …

I know I said dystopia is no longer relevant, but I saw this Reddit comment and it jibes with an element of my upcoming short, ‘The Battle of Victoria Crater.’ We’ve become conditioned to the idea that we NEED to have jobs. Not just to feel useful, but in the sense that if we don’t have…

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…

Mesh Proposal – Moving Forward!

Happy to say that I got some happy feedback on Mesh from an editor over at Lightspeed: “I really enjoyed the synopsis of the book! I think this is going to be a great read and will really grab agents’ attention.” That’s the kind of good news you can hang your entire week on. Looking…

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…

Try, Try Again …

Clarkesworld passed on Planet Ugh, but no worries – submitted it over to Orson Scott Card’s “Intergalactic Medicine Show.” In the meantime, I’ve updated the Short Stories list to reflect the evolving journey of my tales … Planet Ugh Clarkesworld Intergalactic Medicine Show 1/1/2017 Submitted