Smash Up Expansion: Science Fiction Double Feature

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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)

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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

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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

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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