6 Ways to Make SciFi and Fantasy Weapons More Believable

I’m doing a panel at Capricon on arms and armor. Looking forward to it. —- Ever read a fantasy book or watched a science fiction movie and struggled to suspend your disbelief due to the total lack of reality in some make believe weapons? Here’s advice for people writing…

The 10 Best Foreign-Language Scifi Movies of the Last 10 Years

I think the only one I’ve seen is Trollhunter (loved it). —- Lots of incredible science fiction movies are made outside America, though many of those movies—like next year’s French production Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets—are still made in the…

Great Scifi Movies You May Have Missed in 2016 (But Shouldn’t Have)

I think I did actually miss most of these. Getting ready for Confusion in Novi next weekend, but after that, time for a little binge watching. —- It’s a holiday weekend, which probably means you have some down time. What better activity, while you’re digesting that leftover Turkey, than catching up on some of 2016’s […]

The world’s best places to retire in 2017

I just turned 60, so I’ve been thinking about retirement some lately. My current plan is to write and illustrate a bunch of books in the next five years, then buy and RV and travel around the country doing SF cons and book store signings. A sort of writing/drawing nomad. Surprising my wife seems to […]

The Top 10 YouTube Channels for Anyone Who Loves Books

Does it seem weird to have so many video channels about books? Video. Books. Not the same thing at all. Yet here we are. —- While some YouTubers are busy writing books, there’s a whole section of YouTube dedicated just to reading and discussing books. Say Hello to BookTube!

Beam me up: A beginner’s guide to the Star Trek franchise

Lately we’ve been binge watching DS9, my personal favorite of the Trek shows. After that, I’m going to wade through Enterprise, though I might skip to the third season. —- Star Trek 101Star Trek is more than pop culture; it’s 20th century mythology with its own complicated mythos. “Beam me up” and “live long and […]

Free Philip K. Dick: Download 13 Great Science Fiction Stories

This is the guy who practically invented dark and edgy and now several of his stories are free. Get them. Read them. Enjoy. —- Get acquainted with one of the great science fiction writers of our time, Philip K. Dick. Here we have gathered together 13 free stories, some in text, some in audio. Enjoy […]

Reading List: 6 Stories for the Science-Fiction Newbie

Surprising that so few of these suggestions are from this century. Has Science Fiction’s prime really passed?Do you really have to dress it up with panties and capes to make it, “modern.” —- Hilary Armstrong is a literature student at U.C. Santa Barbara and a Longreads intern. She also happens to love science fiction, so […]

Secret files reveal police feared that Trekkies could turn on society

I’m a huge Star Trek fan and I believe absolutely we should start a cult and overthrow society because clearly that’s what Star Trek is about. Huh? Did these people not ever actually watch this show? —- Scotland Yard kept a secret dossier on Star Trek and the X-Files in the run up to the […]