La Jetée is an artful and original story that is a must-see piece of science fiction history. It may take more effort to watch for modern viewers not accustomed to less-linear presentations, but the images will stay with you long after its 28-minute run-time.Read more "Twelve Monkeys’ Avant-Garde Roots"
Best-selling author Stephen King is best known for his horror novels and short stories, as well as scripts for movies and television. He rarely touches on any themes even remotely resembling science fiction. His 1973 short story Trucks (published later in his anthology Night Shift) imagines a world where machines come alive and decide that […]Read more "How a Stephen King Short Story Predicted the Future"
I’ll get my greatest quibble against Sylvain Neuvel’s science fiction novel Sleeping Giants out of the way first. The style of narration is mostly after-the-action interviews and dialogues. The material could be a stage play, with only a pair of the characters involved in each chapter at any one time. If this were a movie, […]Read more "Sleeping Giants review"
At the end of May, 2016, my publisher, Booktrope, will be out of business. It didn’t go bankrupt but had to discontinue operations as it was not profitable. The announcement was sudden, unexpected, and took the wind out of the sails of a number of authors, editors, cover designers, book managers, and proofreaders. I’m […]Read more "5 Things I Learned from my Publisher’s Fall"