One of the harder-to-pull-off speculative story elements is the intelligent/alien plant. Let’s face it: plants are less exciting than most other forms of life, as they’re typically less mobile, often can’t communicate, and are much harder to sympathize with. Three examples follow. Some spoilers ahead! In Rules of Luton, an episode of Space 1999, two […]Read more "When Vegetables (and other plants) Attack!"
I’m feeling retro today. Here’s three vintage sci-fi book covers I love: The Stainless Steel Rat by Harry Harrison 1961 A Maze of Death by Philip K. Dick 1970 Crashing Suns by Edmund Hamilton 1965Read more "Vintage Sci Fi Book Covers"
I just finished watching the Syfy adaptation of Arthur Clarke’s Childhood’s End and have some thoughts. I’ll keep this as spoiler-free as possible. The book is from the 1950’s and I encourage you to read it as it’s one of Clarke’s most successful novels and an excellent take on an alien invasion/ intervention. What made […]Read more "The Childhood’s End Adaptation"
My writing space is an exercise of compromise. My wife has two adopted cockatiels. She swears they’re mine. They regularly find their way to my desk in search of almonds. Recently Jasper (the young boy bird) decided he likes the taste of my computer cables. It took me a moment to realize my backspace and […]Read more "The Invaders Inside My Writing Space"
In grade school two friends and I produced a regular series of Pac-Man comic books with dozens of reoccurring characters, convoluted plot lines, and questionable artwork. With the amount of weapons and violence in each issue, I am certain that today this would have gotten the three of us put into therapy and possibly suspended and the teacher fired.Read more "What’s the First Thing You Remember Writing?"
If you could co-author a book with anyone, who would you choose and why? Tough question! With anyone that pops to mind, it’s “You’re better at this; why don’t you take over” or “Get your hands out of my manuscript.” But today I’ll pick John Carpenter, the writer of so many schlocky films. He knows […]Read more "If you could co-author a book with anyone…"
I’ve read science fiction novels for most of my reading years. It started with Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time. This book is both deep and accessible for a younger reader. The same cannot be said about all science fiction. When I saw 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick, 1968), the novel by Arthur C Clarke […]Read more "When is it Okay to Leave Your Reader Behind?"