Openings

Four of the greatest openings ever: Streets of Fire. The cold open of this Rock n Roll fable may be the best music video ever made. Rollerball (1975). Seeing the game set up — the referees and coaches… Read More

Look Back In Dread

Stephen King once said that most writers endured a period of isolation in their childhood when books were all they had for company. For him it was an illness, for me it was two years of living in… Read More

Good News/Bad News

I don’t post reviews on this site so much as my thoughts about genre experiences. And while I feel perfectly justified in posting negative thoughts about movies and television shows, I rarely post anything negative about books because… Read More

Bad Tactics

I served in the military, but I am not a military man. I’ve never read any books on military tactics and would say I only have the glancing acquaintance with the famous strategies of, say, Agincourt, Little Big… Read More

Arriving Late Ep. 20: A Human Reaction

Crichton jumps into the first wormhole he comes across and ends up home, giant puppets not made out of wood and performances that are, join us for a discussion of the latest Farscape episode.

Arriving Late Ep. 18: Farscape “The Flax”

Note: I realize I haven’t written a blog post in a while. I will cop to being lazy and distracted, but also I’m binge watching Neon Genesis Evangelion for a future post and it’s not going well. This… Read More

The Twilight Zone

When I heard they were rebooting The Twilight Zone my first concern was that they would do what had done before and just remake some of the old episodes in color (although I will stan John Lithgow’s performance… Read More

To Your Scattered Bodies Go

I’ve always thought of Philip Jose Farmer as a fantasy writer and, not being very much into fantasy, I’ve actively avoided him. But lately, I’ve been feeling the need to circle back to the books I skipped during… Read More

Under The Skin

Art films bore me. Not artistic films like Barry Lyndon or 2001: A Space Odyssey or A Clockwork Orange (wait, those are all… whatever), but self important film school senior projects with long, long, overlong takes and a… Read More

Borne

The novel Borne by Jeff Vandermeer isn’t so much a science fiction novel as it is a Jeff Vandermeer novel. Really, of all the people writing speculative fiction these days, he is the one who has the most… Read More