I recently finished Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, and found myself not blown away, but quite satisfied with what a good read it was. Although I am very much a mainline Sci-Fi nerd, I have found myself more and more attracted to some of the post-apocalyptic stuff hitting the shelves these days. Journal […]Read more "Station Eleven, Greg Egan, and Other Sublime Goodness to Come My Way"
When I was young, the future — the high tech, science fiction future — was 2001. 2015 was, well, way farther into the future than that. And here I am. In the future. I am not one for making New Year’s Resolutions, although I do have a weirdly OCD-ish infatuation with beginning new things on […]Read more "2015: The Future Is Here"
I love the movie Alien. It has been one of my all-time favorites since I saw it on opening day in San Francisco back in 1979. In addition to the storyline, I have always loved it for the design elements that brought the Nostromo — a massive, industrial spacecraft — to life. I was taking a […]Read more "Alien: The Sublime Beauty of Fonts, Iconography, and Set Design"
I was discussing the new movie Interstellar with a friend last night, so I thought it was time I put down some thoughts on the subject. I really, really, really, wanted this movie to blow my mind. Unfortunately, my mind is still intact. There are just a few too many inconsistencies in the story (and I […]Read more "Interstellar"
Oh my. Maybe it is my age, or the constant drone of outrage on social media, I don’t know. But I am becoming so tired of people shamelessly self-promoting themselves, especially when they wrap themselves in the moral superiority of the latest meme. Usually when it involves someone trying to patronize others by doing the […]Read more "I Have Had Enough, Thank You. Good Luck To You, etc., etc., etc…"
Chuck Wendig laid out a new flash fiction challenge yesterday. I took it on, and here is the result: ***** My hands held the rich, dark, loam; the soil that was my salvation, providing sustenance after the reckoning. Here in my far North mountain home, I forged a new life, away from the chaos and […]Read more "Flash Fiction Challenge: A Story In Three Sentences"