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Why would aliens menace Earth?

To serve man. Resistance is futile. Mars needs women. If habitable planets and resources are abundant in the Milky Way, then why would aliens attack us? Last month, NBC News Science Editor Alan Boyle wrote this article featuring SETI Institute senior astronomer Seth Shostak, who points out that any aliens who could make it to Earth […]

The Killing Joke

The Killing Joke

I just read the comic The Killing Joke by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland. For the most part, my comics reading has been over on the Marvel side and I rarely read DC comics. But while I enjoy the new “reboot” Batman movies, I’d yet to pick up the comics. (This may have something to […]

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Science Fiction Romance

Let me start where it all began. In my dad’s book collection. Like any good dad, he made sure to build my Nancy Drew collection and when the time came, Jane Austen and the Brontes, but he also gave me hard cover Stephen Kings for birthdays and Christmases when I got to my teens. But […]

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Philip K Dick

I’m currently reading Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K Dick. Timely, I think, with the Blade Runner movie reboot rumors. But also because two memos of note surrounding the movie have gained recent attention. The first, io9 posted the article (via Reddit), Meet the three Blade Runner producers who hated Blade Runner […]

Back to Verne

A century and a half later, Jules Verne’s enthusiasm for adventure remains infectious. I suspect it always will. From daring hot air balloon escapades to dazzling submarine odysseys, his speculative stories are some of the purest I’ve ever read in terms of science, curiosity, and imagination. His didactic approach to any subject he tackles fascinates […]

Summer Sci-Fi

It’s that time of year when the movie landscape is dotted with fantasy and sci-fi—the summer. Somehow, every summer the science fiction movies dominate the big screen and pull us in from the good weather to be frightened and fascinated. Last week I went to see Prometheus, a prequel to Alien, a movie that seriously […]

Prometheus

I have to admit, things are still unsettled on the family front, so I haven’t had a lot of time for being online or prepping blogs.  I’ve somehow managed to write 8K words in the past three weeks, which is a terrible pace for me, especially when I’m not doing anything else like editing or […]

Aimless and Haphazard

The ability to download your personality into a hologram. Going into stasis until conditions improve. Getting sucked into a virtual reality game that’s better than life. These sound familiar?  Yep, I’ve had the kind of week – well, two, actually – that make me wish I could literally dive into one of my favourite books.  […]

Back to the Future: Past and Present

The time has finally come when my kids are now old enough to watch some classic sci-fi movies that were favorites of mine when I was a kid. We usually do a family movie night on Saturdays and they’ve become so much more enjoyable for me now we don’t have to be quite so strict […]

The first Science Fiction Romance movie?

I took my kids to see the movie Hugo and was fascinated by so much of the movie, but one of the elements that stood out, was insight into the 1902 film Le Voyage dans La Lune (A Trip to the Moon), written and directed by Georges Méliès. A silent film with cutting edge effects […]

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