About Alan Atchison

Alan Atchison is the Co-Editor of Geek Goes Rogue. He is an Online Editor at the Center for the Advanced Study of India at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is also pursuing a Masters of Liberal Arts in Creative Writing. He is the author of the forthcoming novel, Hitting for the Cycle, a baseball-infused story about a couple's journey toward parenthood amidst infertility. He lives with his wife and daughter in Philadelphia, PA.

Earth 2.0: Alien Life as Humanity’s Reset Button

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In 1996's Independence Day, President Whitmore, played by Bill Pullman, definitively declared that "the question of whether or not we're alone in the universe has been answered." This line was both chilling and gripping because, well, the aliens started blowing stuff up. A few days ago, however, Pullman's famous cinematic quote was nearly repeated when NASA astronomer Kevin Hand stated, "I think in the next twenty years, we will find out we are not alone in the universe." As if that wasn't a … [Read more...]

Getting Hit and Moving Forward: Pursuing the Dream of Full Time Writing

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Some say that once you figure out what you truly want to do as a career, you never have to work a day in your life. I've never believed that. Don't get me wrong, I'm convinced there's immense joy in being paid to do what you truly love. But getting there and - just as crucial - staying there takes the kind of grunt work that will most likely break your back and shatter your soul in the process.At least, as I'm learning, that's how it is for those pursuing full time careers as writers.As … [Read more...]

Happy 40th Birthday to Jonathan Ryan from All of Us at The Rogue!

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Left Behind is Stupid…(And That’s Why it’s Fun)

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Nicolas Cage is at it again! The guy who rescued us from chemical terrorism at Alcatraz and found national treasure in New York's Trinity Church is now working to ensure we're not left behind. If you're anything like me - which I don't necessarily recommend - you've probably seen the first full trailer of the new upcoming Left Behind film, based on the best selling series of novels by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins.When I was in college, I devoured the book series because, well, it was … [Read more...]

Living in a World Where “Nobody Says Hi Anymore” – A Review of J. Shepard Trott’s Novella

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I hear feet. Sprinting feet. They are coming down the main street, they haven't seen me...They are naked. They are dirty everywhere but around their mouths, where their tongues clean a circle. The only mess around their mouths is blood, which is mostly between their teeth with small flecks like freckles on their faces...Their bodies are gashed. Their zeal in pursuit produces these cuts, as they hurdle barbed wire fences and crash through doors with no thought to their health. Still, they are … [Read more...]

Brain Massage: The Mysterious Phenomenon of ASMR

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Imagine this, if you will. I'm in a first grade class. We just did a bunch of math problems and the teacher sends around one student with an answer key and red pen to check everyone's work. As the student reaches me, she picks up my sheet, which makes a light crinkling sound. I don't know why, but I like this sound and feel an instant calm wash over me. She sets the sheet down and my eyes droop in relaxation from the tap-tap-tap of her pen on the sheet as she compares my work to the almighty … [Read more...]

God’s Not Dead…But Films Like This Should Be (Part 2)

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It's official. God's Not Dead, released by Pure Flix Entertainment, has been nothing short of a financial smash success, raking in over $8 million in its first three days.¬†Opening in just 780 theaters nation-wide, the film made close to $3 million on its Friday release date alone, en route to cementing itself as the number three movie of the weekend.I guess this is the part where I admit to being way off base in part one of my review, in which I offered some harsh reactions and assessments … [Read more...]

God’s Not Dead…But Films Like This Should Be (Part 1)

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Back when I was in college at the dawn of the 21st century, Christian films were just starting to explode onto the scene. Sure, religious-themed films have always been around to some extent, but it's been just under twenty years since the era of the "Hey, we're just as cool as Hollywood...no, seriously, we are!" types of Christian films began hitting the market. You know, the kind of films that cause churches and ministry groups to gush in anticipation of a release date while acting like … [Read more...]

Philip Seymour Hoffman: Hollywood’s Greatest Chameleon

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It's not often that I get depressed about the death of a celebrity. It's happened though. In September 2006, I woke up to the gut-wrenching news that Steve Irwin, better known as The Crocodile Hunter, had been impaled by a friggin' pancake fish. That sucked, I loved that guy. In April 2009, I had just sat down to eat lunch one afternoon when I'd learned that longtime Philadelphia Phillies broadcaster, Harry Kalas had passed away only hours before an afternoon game. That left me reeling on par … [Read more...]

Happy New Year! (Time to Get High?)

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As some of us across the nation welcomed in the first day of 2014 by sleeping in and lounging around yesterday, others - a certain contingent in Colorado to be exact - got up bright and early to be among the first in U.S. history to legally buy marijuana. Feel free to locate the irony in that sentence, if you wish.Yes, pot is now officially legal in the United States. In one state out of fifty, and with numerous restrictions on where it can and can't be used, but legal nonetheless. This … [Read more...]


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