Finding a perfect stranger to read a hundred thousand words you have written is not an easy thing. A writer is asking for about ten hours of a reader’s time in addition to whatever feedback can be shared. I found my betas mostly via this blog and through a local community website. My upcoming science […]Read more "Why We Love Beta Readers"
You take a weapon that destroys technology and sends modern folks back to the pre-industrial age, and what do you have? The perfect plot device for exploring nineteenth and early twentieth-century problems with modern sensibilities and know-how. The EMP accomplishes all that and so much more. An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) has become a popular plot […]Read more "Lights Out! Fun with EMPs"
The Syfy Channel program The Expanse nails several story elements that makes it stand out in quality.Read more "The Expanse: Three Things It Gets Right"
This was the first movie me and others my age at the time had ever been fully immersed in, immersion on the level of learning a foreign language. We lived, breathed, and talked about the movie and made plans to see it again and again. We would have eaten it too, but food tie-ins weren’t much of a thing back then.Read more "Why Star Wars ’77 is the Best of the Franchise"
Past a Spinning Star was first published in 2003 at Anotherealm and won that year’s Editor Choice Award. I had a reader ask me about the movie “Passengers,” which was written in 2007 by John Spaihts. The film has several similarities, but enough differences. I’ll let you decide which you prefer.
I posted Past a Spinning Star here on Wattpad. If you have a moment, please click the link and give it an upvote! Thanks!Read more "Past a Spinning Star – A Short Story"
Dark Matter was everywhere in 2016: in the news, on television, and in several books. At the beginning of the year I read Lisa Randall’s Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe. This accessible look into the relationship between life on Earth and the large-scale parts of the universe that seem […]Read more "A Trifecta of Dark Matter"
The 2016 science fiction film Arrival posits the most obvious questions humanity would face when confronted by a first contact scenario. Can the aliens understand what we are saying? Is it even possible for us to understand them? Only after finding these answers could we ever know why they are here. (MAJOR ARRIVAL SPOILERS AHEAD) […]Read more "Arrival, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, and the Deus Ex Machina"