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"
I finally finished Joe Haldeman’s The Forever War. It had been sitting on my nightstand for several months, waiting patiently while I got around to breaking the spine. I wasn’t disappointed. The Forever War is a classic in every sense, and I feel like someone who who showed up for the Sci-Fi lover’s test and […]Read more "The Forever War — This Is What Classic Sci-Fi Looks Like"
No, I have not posted recently. But here I am, so put on your helmets and brace for impact. I just finished reading Kim Stanley Robinson’s Fifty Degrees Below, and I have t tell you, I didn’t think it was that good. And I love KSR — he is one of my favorite modern Sci-Fi authors. […]Read more "Fifty Degrees Below left me cold and Other Ramblings"