It’s been one year since my publisher Booktrope went out of business and I had to reclaim my publishing rights to my novel House of the Galactic Elevator. Now that I’ve survived the transition and have manged to continue writing, looking back at my publishing experience has put me in a pensive mood. My novel, […]Read more "The Year After My Publisher’s Fall"
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"
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"
I remember trying to read TS Eliot’s The Waste Land in high school without knowing anything about it. It proved a disappointing experience when I never got to any part of the book containing a muscle-bound man with a magnum revolver and a metal helmet leading an army of motorized desert trash against a group […]Read more "In Search of the Post-Apocalypse (pt 1)"
There are some limited but very exciting opportunities for humanity under the rulership of our machine overlords. Depending on which universe or intellectual property, choosing which robot government holds sovereignty might be the most important choice you ever make. Trucks/ Maximum Overdrive. If you’ve read Stephen King’s short story Trucks (from the Night Shift anthology), […]Read more "What Your New Robot Overlords Can Do for You"