A TREMOR IN THE FORCE – Part 4 of 5

A great screenshot from Star Trek the original series.

What is Captain Kirk doing in a series on Star Wars?  Well, I personally don't mind a Shatner cameo anywhere, but it actually has a lot to do with my journey to the ______ side.  (Fill in the blank based on your prequel proclivity.) WARP SPEED HYPOCRISYMy Star-Wars-is-a-banquet-come-as-you-please change of heart actually reveals my own hypocrisy. It's called (and this term I hereby coin) Warp Speed Hypocrisy.I love Star Trek. I LOVE Star Trek. Every rerun brings me home to my happy p … [Read more...]

A TREMOR IN THE FORCE – Part 3 of 5

Mark Fordham (Vader) and George Lucas

 As we re-explore the Star Wars prequels and steel ourselves for the upcoming installments, we need to hear a grounding voice.  A deep, sonorous, awe-inspiring... terrifyingly epic voice.  Sith Lords are notoriously unafraid to state their opinions. Mark Fordham is an artist, filmmaker, former cop, father of five, husband of a Stormtroopette, seasoned veteran of the 501st Alpine Garrison, and a well-known Darth Vader impersonator.  Mark can be contacted through markfordham.com.  And m … [Read more...]

A TREMOR IN THE FORCE – Part 2 of 5

Yoda fights Dooku in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones

SO, what was it that changed me from a Star Wars prequel-hater to a... well... something different? As I debated "Jessi-Wan Kenobi," (AKA Jessica the Uberfan) on many occasions, she consistently drew upon Star Wars "stuff" not contained in the films---the Expanded Universe.Here is the definition of the Expanded Universe (now called "Star Wars Legends") from Wookiepedia: The Expanded Universe (or EU for short) encompasses every one of the officially licensed, fictional background stories of … [Read more...]

A TREMOR IN THE FORCE – Part 1 of 5

The Force Awakes official title logo, with a little philosophical embellishment...

Are you ready for the new Star Wars movies? Were you ready for the prequels? Or does your spacefaring heart beat only for the original trilogy? You see, something weird happened to me. Something which may cause me to lift the ban preventing the prequel movies from getting within 100 feet of my house. And lest you think this is just some tired old rant, this little blog series will include interviews with Bryan Young (recognized guru and Con fixture who writes for starwars.com), Mark Fordham … [Read more...]

A sci-fi for the holidays… with the BEST REVIEWS EVER!!!

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The best reviews EVER?  Well... yes! Please don't think I'm trying to be Mr. Fancy for sharing this. But struggling writers and filmmakers like me are locked in mortal combat with movie distribution and publishing industries that have a bigger appetite for dollars than for good stories. We need to remember that if we have something uplifting and interesting to say--the audience is indeed out there. And it is hungry!These are NOT reviews from sales agents (one of whom basically said my movie … [Read more...]

PIXIE PERFECT – the “wizarding world” meets It’s a Wonderful Life

Pixie Perfect Movie

Pixie Perfect (temporary movie poster)- directed by Tom Durham, starring Ali Durham I'm happy to finally announce my magical new movie project... Pixie Perfect.When pondering their next creative project, there are some novelists, filmmakers, and investors out there who ask: What's an imaginative, fun, highly original, entertaining, USEFUL story? What's a story that means something and can help people? Well, I'm a stinker in many categories, but I can honestly say that when I develop a … [Read more...]

Revisiting Star Trek: VOYAGER

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May 23, 1994 – a cheer erupted from a house packed with nerdy (and not-so-nerdy) high schoolers as the Riker-commanded three-nacelled Enterprise unapologetically demolished a Klingon bird of prey. Star Trek: The Next Generation was about to end. What was next? … [Read more...]

Successful People are Weirder – Right?

Billy Murray brilliantly smashing his clock in Groundhog Day. Columbia-Tristar.

Her ideal man is handsome but doesn't know it, brilliant but unassuming, successful and kind. So says Rita (Andie MacDowell) to Phil (Bill Murray) in one of the greatest movies of all time, Groundhog Day.But don't we humans tend to get weirder the more successful we get?   … [Read more...]

way way WAY behind the scenes of an indie sci-fi

95ers behind-the-scenes

So, you like behind-the-scenes special features?  Well, here are some you might find interesting...  A lot of folks are drawn to the mysterious and magical world of movies...  How they're made...  How illusions are created...  What stars are really like...  The intrigues of the biz... … [Read more...]

The Most Underappreciated Work of Fantasy Ever – THE SILMARILLION – Part 3 of 4

My very own audiobook of The Silmarillion, read by Martin Shaw and published by Random House.  Awesome!

There's a Silmarillion movie in this post...  What?  A Silmarillion movie??Read on, Middle Earth wayfarer...In Part 1, The Silmarillion was praised and placed in its rightful place as one of the great works of literature.In Part 2, Lord of the Rings fans were tantalized with some of the deep back stories that bear up Middle Earth, found only in The Silmarillion.Here, in Part 3, I now SOLVE the problem most people have with the The Silmarillion, that it's too hard to read.The a … [Read more...]


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