Headed for Huxley?

Dystopia is hip again. In The Children of Men humanity’s infertility leads to the rise of an autocratic “Warden” of England. In The Handmaid’s Tale, it leads to a new theocratic state that takes over part of the United States. Both of these books describe a singular event that leads to dystopia. Like the best fiction, they…

Daredevil Fights Fake News

We left off last week with a campaign of fake political ads targeted at Franklin “Foggy” Nelson, Matt(Daredevil) Murdock’s best friend. This subplot spanned several issues and then ended in a three-part story focusing on the “real” villain. The political ads evolved into bizarre news stories: And now you know what made me think of…

The Crime Computer Will Protect You

It’s 1975, and the District Attorney of a major city is facing fierce opposition in his re-election campaign. Desperate to stay ahead and stay in office, he works with national and international law enforcement agencies to develop a comprehensive database of criminals to help law enforcement around the world. A 70’s cinema thriller? An episode…

Mosby’s Life Lessons

Really busy the past few weeks, but I didn’t want to go too long without a post. There’s a lot to learn here.

Jeff Corey’s Appearance on Babylon 5

Babylon 5 drew from many places for its guest stars. Genre stalwarts like Michael Ansara and Brad Dourif. TV regulars like William Sanderson, Melissa Gilbert, and Erica Gimpel. Special guest stars like Michael York and Robert Englund. Even fresh new faces like Bryan Cranston. But one of my favorite appearances, even though it was barely…

What Makes a Person Good?

A few acquaintances said of them, after it all happened: they were good people. And there was nothing else to say, since they were. There was nothing else to say. They lacked the weight of a grave error, which so often just happens to be what opens a door. At some point they’d taken something…

The Culture of Interruption, Redux

I finished The Shallows after I wrote and queued The Culture of Interruption. We want to be interrupted, because each interruption brings us a valuable piece of information. To turn off these alerts means is to risk feeling out of touch or even socially isolated (emphasis added.) The near-continuous stream of new information pumped out by the Web…

Nerd Humor Make Up Post

Silly WordPress scheduling messed up yesterday and posted 2 posts in the same day. So here is a makeup image:   While you’re here, why not check out that free book offer on the right?

My Shoes Are Too Tight

“My shoes are too tight. But it doesn’t matter because I have forgotten how to dance.” I’m binge watching Babylon 5 on my commute, and this scene from the first season is one of the scenes that hooked me when the show first aired in 1994. Londo Mollari is the Centauri ambassador to Babylon 5,…

Introducing The Sixth Age

It started, as many ideas do, somewhere else entirely. I was struggling with the story I really want to (and will eventually) tell; the story of my grandfather during and after World War I. I was stuck again and decided that I needed to get a few other stories under my belt before I could…