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

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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...]

The Most Underappreciated Work of Fantasy Ever – THE SILMARILLION – Part 2 of 4

Ungoliant and Melkor

So, in Part 1, I unapologetically lavished praise on J. R. R. Tolkien's masterpiece---a masterpiece among masterpieces, yea a towering feat of literary and fantasy profundity: The Silmarillion.A few of you chuckled compassionately.  A few of you nodded gravely.  A few of you rolled your eyes.  To all of you I say: read it again!And now, as promised, I shall tantalize Lord of the Rings fans with a "Did You Know?" apéritif that should get you to order up the main course at your fav … [Read more...]

The Most Underappreciated Work of Fantasy Ever – THE SILMARILLION – Part 1 of 4

Illustration by Kip Rasmussen

Part one of four? I expect to keep the reader's attention for four parts? Am I crazy? I probably am. But that has nothing to do with the fact that any self-respecting fantasy fan or "geek" of any kind would do very well to examine this study of one of the great pillars of geekdom...Circa 2004—I inched my way through another dreary commute. Heart yearning for something, anything to distract me from the inescapable life-sucking vortex, I fumbled around on the passenger seat for an a … [Read more...]


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