For me, science fiction—as a fiction genre—is speculative fiction about the possible. By comparison, fantasy—which is science fiction’s close cousin—is speculative fiction about the impossible. A proverbial fine line exists between the two genres, a line which often gets crossed. So often, in fact, that we see both genres lumped together under the SFF banner, […]Read more "Escape (Not the Piña Colada Song): musings on escapist fiction and people who don’t like the taste of chocolate"
I brazenly “borrowed” this one from one of my friends. You can read Maddalena’s responses here. I know you can read. But, only you know if you’re a Reader. We are a curious breed Do you have a certain place at home for reading? The short answer is “No.” I read in our home office, […]Read more "Firewater’s Reading Habits (a short questionnaire)"
Tonight, the Kansas City Chiefs are playing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV, in Tampa, Florida, at 6:30 pm Eastern Time (which is 5:30 pm here in central Arkansas). I plan to watch it, even though I shouldn’t care about the outcome. With the pandemic, I’ve found it difficult to get interested in […]Read more "Super Bowl 2021: Who Cares?"
Most days, when I wake up, I know what I’m going to do. I’m usually wrong, of course, because—well, you know, life intervenes. But, during the pandemic, each day became pretty much like the one which preceded it. Here’s my usual routine. I wake up when the sunlight pouring through my west-facing bedroom windows becomes […]Read more "The Top Keeps Spinning (Or: How Do I Get There, You Liar?!?: a brief diversion about philosophy and logic and the importance of morning routines)"
You’re not going to believe this. Not only is this my 800th post here, but somewhere in the body of this article, I will have self-published my one-millionth word on WordPress. I was fifty-one or fifty-eight words away from the million before I began typing. Here is fifty-one, if that was it. Here is fifty-eight, […]Read more "Post #800: One Million Words"
James Lipton, the longtime host of Inside the Actors Studio, passed away in early 2020 at age 93. I never considered myself a regular viewer of his television show, but I would watch it if it was on and the guest was someone interesting. Lipton was an interesting cat himself. The son of a Beat […]Read more "The “Inside the Actors Studio” Questionnaire"
After watching Stephen Colbert interview Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, using this same list of questions, I decided to attempt to answer them myself. What is the best sandwich? Without a doubt, it is the Reuben. Corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, Thousand Island salad dressing (should be Russian dressing, I suppose, but this is fine), […]Read more "The Colbert Questionert: Firewater Edition"
This morning, when I woke up, I looked something like this. Our daughter is a hairdresser. But, since Sharon and I have been in self-isolation for over eight months now, including separation from family and friends, my hair has been growing unchecked. I had rock-and-roll hair for the first time since I was in my […]Read more "Almost Cut My Hair (strike the “Almost”)"
In no way do I intend to trivialize the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic that has swept the globe this year. We’ve experienced 70 million worldwide cases and an estimated 1.6 million deaths so far. The biggest tragedy of my lifetime, and one that will be mostly forgotten by future generations, or ignored, just […]Read more "Collateral Damage from the 2020 Pandemic (Armageddon Rant #2)"
Of all the people who were involved with the movie, I only ever met one in person and shook his hand. I was there in the summer of 1977 when the imposing figure of Darth Vader boarded the captured Rebel starship at the beginning of Star Wars (a movie that didn’t become “A New Hope” […]Read more "David Prowse: The Man in the Suit — in memoriam"