Why do you write?

Why do you write? Recently I attended a science fiction writers’ workshop where Steven C. Gould (http://eatourbrains.com/steve/) led a group of us science fiction and fantasy writers through a quick thought experiment on the question of ‘why are you writing?’ We listed our desires and interests, from becoming a best-seller, to making enough money, to winning…

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Science Fiction Notebook: Ex Machina’s Fembot Problem

Science Fiction Notebook: thoughts about ‘Ex Machina’ MPAA Rating: R Director: Alex Garland Starring: Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander, Sonoya Mizuno Garland also wrote Sunshine, and 28 Days Later, (for my money both are better sf/f films) youtube trailer: https://youtu.be/s-HiQ9K2uf4 Ex Machina serves up equal parts sensual visuals, Scandinavian ‘Dwell’ magazine modernist styling, and…

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What is Tuckerizing? Ideas for Writing

What is Tuckerizing? To Tuckerize is to create a cameo appearance of a real person inside a work of fiction. Sometimes authors take the names, nicknames and/or personas of real people and use them in a fiction as characters, often as a kind of satire. One of my favorite examples is Nivens’ and Gerrod’s “The Flying Sorcerers,”…

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The Kid Who Kept the Future in his Pocket: Teal Photon

Back in the late 1970’s, we boys went on camping trips. Among many of our bizarre adventures, one year we saw the future. The future was owned by a kid named Steve. And it was the most beautiful thing we’d ever seen. When Steve showed it to us, he hushed us first, made us know it was…

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Science Fiction Notebook: Robot and Frank (2012)

Robot and Frank, 2012 directed by Jake Schreier, written by Christopher D. Ford. Distr. by Samuel Golden Films. Tied for winner of Alfred P. Sloan Prize at 2012 Sundance. Summary: Ailing ex-con Frank uses his new home-care robot to pull a heist. Short Review: Excellent example of near-future science fiction. Superbly acted, directed, filmed and written.…

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Science Fiction Notebook: Mr. Nobody (2009)

Mr. Nobody: directed and written by Jaco Van Dormael, distr by Wild Bunch 2009. The film is a winner of six Magritte Awards for Best Film, Best Director, and Best Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Cinematography and Best Original Score. Short review: a generally enjoyable, soft sci-fi film that meditates on the nature of memory and storytelling.…

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Film thoughts: The Machine

The Machine (Content Media, 2013) Director: Caradog James; Screenplay: Caradog James Film thoughts: The Machine Summary: a despondent scientist protects his ailing daughter while building a better cyborg, but the British government attempts to steal the conscious cyborg and turn her into a soldier. Review: A smart, beautifully filmed science fiction tale, with strong acting and…

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Film thoughts: Automata

Automata (Millenium, 2014) Director: Gabe Ibanez; Screenplay: Gabe Ibanez, Igor Legretta Gomez, Javier Sanchez Donate Film thoughts: automata Summary: Antonio Banderas plays an insurance adjuster who investigates a robot after a cop kills it. These robots have rules: first do no harm, and second don’t alter any robots. So you can bet those rules will…

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Film Thoughts: Snowpiercer

Snowpiercer (2013, Radius-TWC) Director: Bong Joon-ho; Screenplay: Bong Joon-ho and Kelly Masterson based on the graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lon, Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette (Casterman, 1982). Film thoughts: reflections on Snowpiercer Summary: The poor revolt against the privileged in this bizarre tale when failed climate engineering led to the last surviving humans…

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Wisconsin UFO Phenomena in Project BlueBook

Is Anybody Out There? Space is big. Planets are many. Are we Earthlings alone in the universe? Many believe we’ve often been visited by extraterrestrials, and reports of UFO’s are common. The greatest thing about the UFO , as an element in any story or news report, is that to really qualify as an unidentified…

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