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 hold to the belief that most entertaining fiction, whether found as television, cinema, stage plays, comic books, video games or print media, is highly predicated by two main requirements. The first of these is competent worldbuilding. A story’s settings must be realistic within the fictional milieu. The back story, the reasons why the story […]Read more "Firefly: Cast Personae (how to create character-driven science fiction)"
My original mission was to read all of Brian K. Vaughan’s graphic novel Y: The Last Man before the television series premieres on FX. Mission accomplished. Probably with an assist by our current coronavirus pandemic. The filming, which was originally scheduled to begin this past April, is now supposed to begin in October 2020, somewhere […]Read more "Y: The Last Man: Book Five, by Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra, José Marzan Jr. & Goran Sudžuka — a comic book review"
This is a weird list, I know. There are only 13 Star Trek movies, which means I had to exclude three movies from the list. That doesn’t mean that the movies listed are all great movies, taken as a whole. Just that they’re better than three other movies. I know. My 10-Lists are complicated affairs. […]Read more "10-List: Top-10 (of 13) Star Trek Movies"
I took a brief hiatus from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. after Season 5, which I think of as S.H.I.E.L.D. in Space, or, alternately, as Cracked-Egg Earth with Kree. It ended with what I think was the first live-action appearance of Graviton, who was soundly defeated by Daisy/Quake, which made the Earth future we just lived through […]Read more "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 7 — a review"
Welcome to my rewatching of the original 79 episodes of the series that launched the franchise. Below are the bulletpointed notes I jotted down while watching “The Trouble with Tribbles.” On this date in history, “Hello, Goodbye,” by the Beatles, is the #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100. The song is going to ride […]Read more "|||[Boldly Going]||| Star Trek: The Original Series—Season Two: Ep. 2.15 “The Trouble with Tribbles” – (Original air date: Friday, December 29, 1967)"
This 1994 novel is a sequel to To Save the Sun, which was published in 1992. I remember enjoying the first novel, also co-written by Ben Bova and A.J. Austin, but I’m afraid I read it too long ago to remember the details. What made me enjoy the novel is that it reminded me of […]Read more "To Fear the Light (To Save the Sun, Book 2), by Ben Bova & A.J. Austin — a book review"
This post began as a 250-word digression in the middle of one of my reviews of a classic Trek episode. I’ve come to understand how my brain works over the years. It is easily distracted by things it associates with other things. Sometimes I can ignore this free association—this tangential thinking—if I am sufficiently caffeinated […]Read more "Space Is Big (a brief digression about warp drives and similar fictional constructs)"
Five years or so ago, I was excited by the fact that HBO had purchased to rights to Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series and that Jonathan Nolan was attached to develop the project. In my excitement, I re-read the original trilogy, plus the two sequels Asimov wrote in the 1980s. Asimov also wrote two “prequels,” focusing […]Read more "\\/\// Westworld: Season 3 — a review"
The following is a list of 10 corporations that exist only in their fictional universes. Oscorp Technologies (Marvel Comics) — This one is found primarily in Spider-Man comics. It’s founder and CEO was Norman Osborne, who also became the Green Goblin. At least he did back when I was reading comics. LexCorp (DC Comics) — […]Read more "10-List: Fictional Corporations"