Category: Science Fiction

Clarification for the newbies

It’s Christmas day and my new illustrated time-travel story, Anchor, is about to be released. I’m getting last minute details ready such as figuring out how to make Atomic-vodka jello shots and finding my rocket-shaped cookie-cutters for the book release party. I thought it might be a good time to explain why I write and […]

It’s All About Creativity – Tell The Damn Story

At PulpFest 2018, July 27-29 in Pittsburgh, PA. To continue the story from yesterday…I met several other authors at PulpFest 2018 including – Christopher Paul Carey (author and editor at Paizo Publishing and who channels Edgar Rice Burroughs, I swear it!), Joab Steiglitz, and Chris Ryan. It was wonderful and intimidating introducing myself and starting […]

Interview on the Skirt and Words podcast

Back in the early Summer, my friend and fellow-author Denise Kawaii invited me to take part in her vidcast, Skirts and Words. I love doing radio/podcasts but this was my first vidcast. Oh, how I slumped! (My mother would be so ashamed.) Still, the company was great and the content is good. We discussed women […]

Sunday Evening Etymology

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The term used to be “unhuman.” Now, it’s “inhuman.” I’m not sure exactly when it changed, certainly by the 1970’s. The etymology leads me to believe that in earlier decades some writers followed the trail from the old French word “humain” and so unhuman is correct. At a later time we accepted that human is […]

Report from the Field — Nanocon Mk. V March 24, 2018

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Today, I attended my first science fiction convention as a book seller. It was a super experience. But before we get to that, let’s recap. Landscape of Darkness: A Novelette of the Space Patrol has been in print since January 15th, 2018. Since then it has been featured on the Rodney’s Saga Blog and had […]

Book Review: The Mind Thing by Fredric Brown

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The Mind Thing by Fredric Brown My rating: 4 of 5 stars The book blurb says, “He was incapable of love or mercy…or hate. And he certainly never felt the lack. He was almost pure thought.” And it was not even a he but an it, an extraterrestrial body snatcher. Frederic Brown is a meticulous […]

“Conspiracy Theory” in 1930’s Science Fiction

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UPDATE: When you’re dealing with long defunct magazines and house names of writers it can be difficult to determine who wrote what. Will Garth was one of the pseudonyms used by Henry Kuttner, it was also a house name used by the Thrilling group of pulp magazines: Thrilling Wonder Stories, Startling Stories,  Strange Stories, and […]

Legends of Tomorrow and Heroes from the Past

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Watching DC’S Legends of Tomorrow Season 1 inspired me to dig into the DC comic archives and revisit some of the characters’ histories. If you read comics for any length of time you’ll understand that characters change dramatically, and it’s easy to lose track of their origins and primary motivations. Of course, it’s easy to […]

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