Category Ella Drake

Redefining sexy with dwarves, demons and aliens

I’ve loved science fiction and fantasy my whole life. I saw the first STAR WARS in the 70s, played with the original Battlestar Galactica toys, wrote a fan letter to “Buck Rogers” Gil Gerard, and never missed a TWILIGHT ZONE or STAR TREK rerun. Some of my favorite movies were THE TIME MACHINE (1960), TIME […]

Claustrophobic SF and its intensity

Recently I read Almost Real, a wonderful erotic science fiction romance by Charlotte Stein. When I finished, I knew I’d enjoyed it, but I was also struck by the intensity of the story in a way that made me think of how much I do enjoy “claustrophobic” science fiction. In this case, two highly trained […]


Hello friends, I am returning from hiatus with an announcement! I have absolutely delicious news. Some of you know I am in deadline hell and haven’t been online for some time. And some of you know that in my other life I am a professional editor. Well I’ve been given an awesome opportunity here at […]

Science Fiction and stereotypes

By now, many of you have probably seen some of the recent issues going around the SFF world related to gender. If not, there was a backlash in the SFWA regarding recent bulletin issues. Some of this is explained by E. Catherine Tobler and a list of links was compiled by Jim C. Hines and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Einstein and Pizza π

Albert Einstein was born March 14, 1879, 134 years ago. (Oh! Rearrange those numbers and what do ya got?) With such an auspicious birthday, 3.14, he went on to help develop the atomic bomb, the theory of relativity, and received the Nobel Peace Prize. I wonder. When he worked on all those equations in his mountains […]

A sampling of Arisia 2013

I attended Arisia 2013 in Boston this month. I came away feeling that so much of it was a visual treat. So I thought I’d share with you some of those visuals. There were video games and the most popular with my kids, an area for board games with demos, tournaments, and just the opportunity […]

DNA tracking is now. Not the future.

If you read or write dystopian fiction, you may have considered whether or not big brother is watching. Or rather, what might happen in the future if we really did have a world-wide breakdown and the government became oppressive in all the evil, totalitarian ways of nightmares. Well, not to add to the paranoia of […]