I haven’t seen the new film Batman vs. Superman. I will eventually, once the crowds die down. As much as the trailers look exciting, the early mixed reviews are not surprising, even though I avoid the fanboy shadenfreude of seeing movies based on beloved characters bomb. I want good movies regardless of what inspires them. […]Read more "Where to Get Your Batman Fix"
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(Ed Valigursky’s cover for the 1957 edition of Eye in the Sky (1957), Philip K. Dick) Inspired by Ed Valigursky’s stunning cover for the 1957 edition of Philip K. Dick’s early novel Eye in the Sky (1957), I kept on the lookout for novels with similar…
Last week I talked about an example of a weak ending of a science fiction novel that left me wondering what the author was thinking and why I had even read the book. Upon reflection, I still don’t feel like I had completely wasted my time as I enjoyed the read up until things started […]Read more "When a Conclusion Works"
Nailing an effective, satisfying conclusion for a science fiction novel (or any novel for that matter) seems to be a moving target that evades many authors. Some of my favorite books have endings which leave me wanting more (acceptable), are cliffhangers (slightly frustrating but if it’s good, I’ll wait), or undo much of the goodwill […]Read more "Sci Fi Novels and Their Conclusions"
A world dies by fire or by plague. And by “die,” the respective authors of Alas, Babylon and Earth Abides show us that someone’s going to live through the disasters. Otherwise, these would be dreary stories indeed. Alas, Babylon is Pat Frank’s 1959 novel which tells the story of a nuclear World War Three from […]Read more "In Search of the Post-Apocalypse Pt 2"
Beta Readers Wanted! I’m looking for a few people to participate in a beta-read of my upcoming science fiction adventure novel “House of the Galactic Elevator.” This work-in-progress has just been through the first round of edits and a couple of rewrites, and I’m looking for input from readers. The book has already been accepted […]Read more "Looking for Beta-Readers!"