ConCarolinas: A Small Con With a Big Heart


ConCarolinas came to Concord, NC, May 29–31, 2015 in a new, more spacious location at the Embassy Suites. The con describes itself as a “general multi-genre multi-media convention.” In practice, this means that ConCarolinas has a little bit of something for everyone. Continue reading

For Indie Books, The Only Choice Is to Immerse or Die

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The literary world is on fire with the controversy surrounding this year’s Hugo awards. But on the indie book scene, writers struggle for recognition of their devotion to the craft. Writer and creativity hacker Jefferson Smith believes he’s found a way to help, and has challenged indie books to Immerse or Die. Continue reading

‘Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction’ Lands at EMP


The ‘Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction’ exhibit opened last weekend at the EMP Museum here in Seattle. I was lucky enough to attend the press preview, and it certainly does not disappoint. Continue reading

The Art of John Harris — Beyond the Horizon


If you’ve read any science fiction over the past 40 years or so, odds are pretty good you’re familiar with Harris’s work, too. Since the mid-1970s, when he began taking on science fiction themes in his work — which he describes as “imaginative realism” — Harris has created art for books by a stunning list of writers, including Isaac Asimov, James Blish, Frederik Pohl, Arthur C. Clarke, Larry Niven, and Joe Haldeman. 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

Revisiting the Hugo Award-Winning Redshirts


Earlier this month at LoneStarCon 3, John Scalzi won the Hugo Award for Best Novel for his 2012 book Redshirts, which has more than a little bit of fun with one of science fiction’s longstanding tropes. Seems a good time, then, to revisit Scalzi’s interview with GeekDad covering metafiction, parody, humor’s place in sci-fi history, and Poor Ensign Jones. Continue reading

Aetna Adrift — Indie Science Fiction and Scoundrels

Aetna Adrift

When it comes to self-published science fiction, I’ve downloaded and started a number of non-traditionally published books. Key word — started. As in… not finished. There are definitely a number of gems to be found in the growing number of indie books out there, but in my experience the ratio of bad to good for self-publishing seems to be about 100:1. That’s not to say that the traditional publishing world doesn’t produce some bad stories, but I’ve found the ratio to be completely opposite… about 1 bad book in every 100 that has made it through the gauntlet of editors (and possibly an agent or two). Continue reading

The 10 Best Dads in Fantasy and Science Fiction


There are so few good dads in science fiction and fantasy. Fathers in so many stories are absent for one reason or another (death being fairly common), and sometimes they even turn out to be the villain! So where are the Mike Bradys of science fiction and fantasy? The Cliff Huxtables? You do happen upon dads of those stripes, or roughly equivalent ones, every now and then. Here’s our list of the top 10. Continue reading

Classic Simon & Kirby Science Fiction

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It’s no big surprise that I’m a huge fan of pulp science fiction. I love the rayguns, the rockets, the aliens, and all the other tacky (but not at the time!) technology. I love movies, comics, magazines, and books… all of it. Men breathing on Mars? I can accept that. Rockets zooming from Earth to Pluto in minutes? Not a problem. Guns that shoot fire instead of lasers? Why not? Continue reading