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Trek or Treat!

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Happy Halloween, Hammerheads!  Okay, I probably don’t have near enough fans to actually assign them all a cute nickname–but you’e out there, somewhere, maybe wondering why the hell I haven’t posted in a while.  And even if you’re not wondering, I’m gonna tell ya!  I’ve been–er, busy?  Yeah, that’s the ticket!

Actually, I have been pretty busy lately, doing my contributor gig over at The Resurgent and—don’t keel over from a heart attack when I tell you this–working on ANOTHER ...

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Avengers: Infinity War or Thanos: The Hand of Fate?

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After taking my son to a sold-out showing on Saturday, I can personally attest that Avengers: Infinity War really throws down the gauntlet—both figuratively, and in the case of arch-villain Thanos, quite literally. Armed a metal glove forged from the same stuff as Thor’s hammer, Thanos is on a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones—gems formed at the moment of creation, which embody the elemental powers of the universe. With them, he can wield those powers as his own, ...

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The Pro-Life Heart of Blade Runner 2049

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The big questions of life—how long we have, how memory defines us, what it means to be human—figure prominently in the Blade Runner universe, first introduced to cinemas by Ridley Scott back in 1982.  Working loosely from the trippy Philip K. Dick novel  Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Scott jettisoned most of Dick’s hippy-dippy drug culture subtext and instead focused on a visual style in which the setting drove the narrative just as much as the characters.  In this fully-realized world, ...

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The Dangers of Googlethink

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As a child of the 80s, the definitive historical event of my young life was the destruction of the space shuttle Challenger.  To this day, I can remember exactly the circumstances when I heard the news:  I was a senior in high school, sitting in Ms. Figley’s anatomy and physiology class, when Mr. Davis–a revered teacher who had been at the school for what seemed like forever–opened the door and told all of us, “The space shuttle just blew up.”  My classmates ...

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To Boldly Podcast…

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As I have shamelessly plugged here before, your humble blogger also happens to be a writer of science fiction–which is kind of obvious, given the content of this website!  I’ve actually been doing it for the better part of twenty years, but I had to crank out eight whole novels before any publisher would touch me with a ten foot pole. Along the way I had a few adventures out in Hollywoodland, when I was invited ...

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Opus Trek

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Back when I was a kid, I begged my mom to buy me what I thought of as the Holy Grail of Star Trek reference books, The Star Trek Compendium by Allan Asherman.  Of course, it didn’t help that I told her that the name of the book was The Star Trek Emporium–but eventually, trusty mom figured it out and it picked the book up just in time for my birthday.  Unwrapping that puppy, I couldn’t wait to jump in and read about ...

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