David Faith

About David Faith

I am father to one boy, science fiction writer, table top RPG gamer, and all around aficionado of all things super, space, sword, sorcery and science. I live with my wife and son north of the wall in the Twin Cities, Minnesota.

5 Reasons to Be Excited for the Batman TV prequel

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Fox’s new Batman prequel, Gotham , slated to air next fall, has me excited in a way that no TV show has in a long time.  Here’s why. Continue reading

David Faith

About David Faith

I am father to one boy, science fiction writer, table top RPG gamer, and all around aficionado of all things super, space, sword, sorcery and science. I live with my wife and son north of the wall in the Twin Cities, Minnesota.

Man vs. Machine: Ping Pong Champ Wins One for Humanity

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There is heartening news for pro-humanity partisans. In at least one field of endeavor, human beings still reign supreme over our would-be robot overlords. A human ping pong champion has triumphed over an agile robot. But how long will it be before robots surpass us in every field, and what sort of world will that create for our grandkids? Continue reading

David Faith

About David Faith

I am father to one boy, science fiction writer, table top RPG gamer, and all around aficionado of all things super, space, sword, sorcery and science. I live with my wife and son north of the wall in the Twin Cities, Minnesota.

Finding Time for Creative Outlets When You Don’t Have Time for Anything

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It has been my observation that most people need some form of creative outlet to avoid becoming angst-filled despondent misanthropes. I keep sane by writing science fiction and the occasional GeekDad post. There is something in the human spirit that demands an outlet. We need to create, to imagine, to leave some record of our thoughts and interests, and when we are thwarted in that goal it creates a destructive pressure that comes out in equally destructive ways. But how do you find time to be creative when you’re a working a parent and almost every waking moment of your life (and then some) is accounted for? Continue reading

David Faith

About David Faith

I am father to one boy, science fiction writer, table top RPG gamer, and all around aficionado of all things super, space, sword, sorcery and science. I live with my wife and son north of the wall in the Twin Cities, Minnesota.

Great Geeks in History: Aristotle

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Who was history’s first geek? In the first of a series of posts on great geeks in history I argue the title belongs to Aristotle, the man that in many ways invented empirical thought. Continue reading

David Faith

About David Faith

I am father to one boy, science fiction writer, table top RPG gamer, and all around aficionado of all things super, space, sword, sorcery and science. I live with my wife and son north of the wall in the Twin Cities, Minnesota.

Have Superheroes in Pop Culture Become Too Much of a Good Thing?

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Superheroes are everywhere these days. This is true even in the adult world, but for children they are ubiquitous. You can’t swing a cat in a Baby GAP or Toys”R”Us, without hitting a Batman onesie, Ironman lunch box, or Superman Mr. Potato Head. All of this has led me, a devoted comic book fan since I was old enough to read, to ask a previously unthinkable question. Have superheroes become too big a big a part of the popular culture? Continue reading

David Faith

About David Faith

I am father to one boy, science fiction writer, table top RPG gamer, and all around aficionado of all things super, space, sword, sorcery and science. I live with my wife and son north of the wall in the Twin Cities, Minnesota.

Is Screen Time Bad for Children?

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On October 28, 2013, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued new recommendations calling on parents to severely limit the time their children spend in front of a screen. These recommendations arise from studies that have largely debunked the myth of “educational” media, especially for children under 2 years of age, and show even in older children a correlation between total hours of screen time and childhood obesity, lack of sleep, school problems, aggression and other behavior issues. As a geek that has spent many happy hours in front of various screens, I don’t want to believe that exposing my child to many of the things I love could be harmful. But as a dad I have to seriously consider the possibility. Continue reading

David Faith

About David Faith

I am father to one boy, science fiction writer, table top RPG gamer, and all around aficionado of all things super, space, sword, sorcery and science. I live with my wife and son north of the wall in the Twin Cities, Minnesota.

Kickass 2 Review

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I watched Kickass 2 last weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it. But at the same time I was genuinely horrified to see that several people brought small children the show. One thing I’ve learned about becoming a geek dad, as opposed to merely a geek, is that you find yourself suddenly ambivalent about things you would never worry about for yourself. So I present to you a somewhat schizophrenic review, in which I take both the pro and the con view. Continue reading

David Faith

About David Faith

I am father to one boy, science fiction writer, table top RPG gamer, and all around aficionado of all things super, space, sword, sorcery and science. I live with my wife and son north of the wall in the Twin Cities, Minnesota.

Is James Bond a Good Role Model?

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With the recent birth of my son I’ve spent a lot of evenings staying up late with the baby in an effort to give my over-burdened wife a few uninterrupted hours of sleep. I find it virtually impossible to actually concentrate on anything else amidst the effort of soothing and tending to an infant. But I’ve found that I can manage to watch a movie, so long as I make liberal use of the pause feature. Thus it seemed the perfect time to work my way through the complete 50 Years of Bond Blu-ray collection that my wife got me for last birthday. I enjoyed the films as always, but found myself asking for the first time a question that never occurred to me before I became a father. Is James Bond a good role model? Continue reading

David Faith

About David Faith

I am father to one boy, science fiction writer, table top RPG gamer, and all around aficionado of all things super, space, sword, sorcery and science. I live with my wife and son north of the wall in the Twin Cities, Minnesota.

Review: Man of Steel Novelization

have generally found that novelizations are the exception to the general rule that novels are better than movies. Where a movie screenplay is the original source material, the novel can feel thin and hurried–lacking in the depth of thought and characterization that goes into good original novels. Thus when I was asked to review the Man of Steel novelization, I agreed with low expectations. I was pleasantly surprised. Continue reading

David Faith

About David Faith

I am father to one boy, science fiction writer, table top RPG gamer, and all around aficionado of all things super, space, sword, sorcery and science. I live with my wife and son north of the wall in the Twin Cities, Minnesota.

Review: Ender’s Game Prequels Earth Unaware, Earth Afire

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Ender’s Game appears on every serious list of the best science fiction novels ever written, and with good reason. It is a deeply personal coming of age story that somehow puts you believably in the mind of a child chosen to be Earth’s greatest hope against a seemingly unstoppable alien menace. With the upcoming Ender’s Game movie I have a renewed interest in the Enderverse, and was excited to pick up Earth Unaware and Earth Afire, the first two books in a prequel trilogy that finally tells the story of the first Formic War. Spoilers follow. Continue reading

David Faith

About David Faith

I am father to one boy, science fiction writer, table top RPG gamer, and all around aficionado of all things super, space, sword, sorcery and science. I live with my wife and son north of the wall in the Twin Cities, Minnesota.

Why Man of Steel Should Not Be Batman With Superpowers

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Like every comic book geek I know, I am hugely excited for the new Superman movie, Man of Steel. The previews are amazing and it shows every sign of being one of the best superhero movies ever made. But there is one thing that could ruin it. They could try to make Superman into a super-powered Batman. Continue reading

David Faith

About David Faith

I am father to one boy, science fiction writer, table top RPG gamer, and all around aficionado of all things super, space, sword, sorcery and science. I live with my wife and son north of the wall in the Twin Cities, Minnesota.

My Experience With Personal Genetic Testing Through 23andMe

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With the birth of our first child my wife and I thought it might be fun to get our DNA sequenced, both to better understand our son’s heritage and to identify any risks lurking in the recessive recesses of our genetic codes. It turned out to be quite illuminating. Continue reading

David Faith

About David Faith

I am father to one boy, science fiction writer, table top RPG gamer, and all around aficionado of all things super, space, sword, sorcery and science. I live with my wife and son north of the wall in the Twin Cities, Minnesota.

What Is a Geek?

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In brainstorming my first post for GeekDad, I found myself contemplating what exactly it means to be a geek. Continue reading

David Faith

About David Faith

I am father to one boy, science fiction writer, table top RPG gamer, and all around aficionado of all things super, space, sword, sorcery and science. I live with my wife and son north of the wall in the Twin Cities, Minnesota.