Smash Up Expansion: Science Fiction Double Feature

Smash Up Sci Fi Expansion

Since the first time my robot dinosaurs systematically devoured my son’s zombie wizards, quickly followed by his robot tricksters eradicating my pirate ninjas, I’ve been a fan of Smash Up. When I heard there were going to be Cyborg Apes in the Science Fiction Double Feature Expansion, I really couldn’t resist. Cyborg Apes, people! What am I, made of stone? Continue reading

10 Things Sci-fi Promised Us That DID Happen in 2013 (or Thereabout)


Last week I published a list of top 10 things science fiction promised us that didn’t happen in 2013. So, lest you think I’m completely negative, let’s take a look at a few things that did happen in 2013… Continue reading

10 Things Science Fiction Promised Us That DIDN’T Happen in 2013

The Jetson’s flying car is never going to happen. Deal with it.

Science fiction makes a lot of predictions about the future — that’s really the point, isn’t it? The best science fiction looks at the future, trying to see where we are headed and what it will be like when we get there. Continue reading

“Worlds Within Worlds”: Shattering Conventions Explores and Exposes Con Culture

The author with Mr.T. Some years ago. (Photo: Bob Calhoun)

Writer Bob Calhoun’s new tome is Shattering Conventions: Commerce, Cosplay and Conflict on the Expo Floor, an insightful and fun romp through what he calls “temporary worlds created in concrete convention centers and hotel conference rooms.” We chat about his book, his take on Comic-Con, and the days he used to wrestle men in Sasquatch suits while drunks tossed food at him. Continue reading

Review: The Man From Mars by Fred Nadis


Palmer began to run less than scientific stories that tended more towards the sensational. Although these helped to promote and expand sales of the struggling magazine, the so-called “Shaver mysteries” posited that there was a secret civilization of degenerates living just below the Earth’s surface. Continue reading

New Elysium Trailer


Here’s the new official trailer for Elysium, starring power duo Matt Damon and Jodie Foster. Directed and written by Neill Blomkamp (District 9) Elysium takes place on a ruined Earth and a man-made space station called Elysium. Yep, this looks sweet. Continue reading

Shades of Earth Concludes Revis’ YA Sci-fi Trilogy

I mentioned Beth Revis’ Across the Universe trilogy as one of my favorite books of 2012, though I only reviewed the first two so far. The final book in the trilogy, Shades of Earth, is out this week (Tuesday, January … Continue reading

You Don’t Need a Crystal Ball to See the Phuture

Phuture: (n) (fyoo-cher) an alternate parallel universe branching off from the present moment in time, one of many possible futures… How would you like to wake up in the morning and read tomorrow’s headlines, today? Would you want to know who … Continue reading

Constellation Games: Ready Player Two?

Constellation Games, written by Leonard Richardson, is a new sci-fi story for adults from a small publisher called Candlemark & Gleam, with an interesting publication process that I’ll detail more below. I requested an advance copy of Constellation Games and … Continue reading

All I Want For Christmas Is… The Doctor

Doctor Who fans, REJOICE! The good Doctor will be returning to our screens in the annual Christmas Special this December. In the past, he’s faced alien invasion, the sinking of the Starship Titanic, steampunk Cybermen, and flying sharks. This year, … Continue reading