Archive for the ‘SF Fandom’ Category

SF Writers Who Served

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

This year for Veteran’s Day, I thought I would take the time to recognize some of SF’s writers who served in the Armed Forces. Although mainly looking at U.S. writers, I’ll also be recognizing some of the British Commonwealth writers as well. Robert A. Heinlein, one of SF’s Three Grand Masters, ...

Beyond Belief

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

I only recently learned of this about Marin Zimmer Bradley, child abuse accusations laid down by her daughter Moira Greyland. There is more, in Greyland's own words, at Sounds like Weird, if you have the stomach (I only read part of Greyland's poems about the abuse, I don't have the ...

A Brief History of Klingon Fandom Part 1

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

Introduction Earlier this year I was on a panel on Klingon Fandom at MarsCon (the one in Minnesota) with several of my fellow KAG members. I was the proverbial dinosaur on the panel. No, not the oldest member, just the one who had been doing Klingon the longest, since the ...

Review: Fool Moon

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

A few years back I read Stormfront, the first book in Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files. Although I liked the story, I didn’t like the main character harry Dresden, nor did I like the number one supporting character Detective Karrin Murphy. I thought Harry Dresden was a class-A jerk, and ...

Who’s The Doctor?

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Matt Smith is leaving Doctor Who, and the “Net is abuzz with speculations and thoughts on who will become the 12th Doctor. Not wanting to be outdone, I thought I would chime in on my own recommendation. In my highly respected opinion, I believe the best choice to be the ...

A Game of Voter ID

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

One of the things I like about writing a blog that covers Science Fiction, Fandom, and Politics is when I get to combine the elements into a single post. Thank you George R. R. Martin for making my day. Martin, the author of A Game of Thorns, has dished out quite ...

Starship Troopers Revamp

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Over on io9, they have an article on upcoming SF movie reboots (and “why they might not suck”, their words, not mine). There are a couple of films listed that I definitely want to talk about. The first is the badly needed redo of RAH’s Starship Troopers. For those who ...

Ray Bradbury, Gone At 91

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Ray Bradbury passed away last night. He was 91, a little more than two months shy of his 92nd birthday. Bradbury, as most anyone reading this article will know, is best known for three major works: Fahrenheit 451, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and The Martian Chronicles. Bradbury was a ...

AER MarsCon2011

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

MarsCon 2011 has come and gone. To start off with, a good time was had by all (and if you didn't have fun, that's your own fault, not mine!). Alexis Cruz, the Media Guest of Honor, was a cordial guest who was very personable and hung out in the party ...

Dalek Christmas Carol

Friday, December 24th, 2010

I couldn't resist. Merry Christmas.

Foster on SB1070

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

I ran across a recent op-ed by SF author Alan Dean Foster on the NY Times website today. He makes a couple of interesting points about Arizona's immigration enforcement law, SB 1070. The part of the law not blocked by a federal judge has been in force for over a week ...

Bradbury Says Too Much Government

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

I like Ray Bradbury. Always have. His writings were first introduced to me around the fifth grade with his early short stories. I continued to read him throughout my youth. I even have met him on more than a few occasions over the years. Nice guy. Now I find even more ...

No Jail Time for Peter Watts

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Well, I was wrong. Peter Watts, the B-list SF author from Canada convicted for assaulting an officer (resistance, etc.) did, in fact, show up for sentencing this week. I don't know if he knew he was going to get off with a fine only and no jail time in advance ...

Canadian SF Writer Found Guilty

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

Last December I began following the case of Peter Francis Watts, a Canadian Science Fiction writer (heretofore virtually unknown) arrest for assaulting a U.S. law enforcement officer at the U.S.-Canadian border. Although I haven't been blogging about it since the original incident began, I have been monitoring it. I also ...

Watts Case Goes to Circuit Court

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

The Peter Watts arrest saga continues with the following report from the Times Herald in Port Huron: A Canadian science fiction writer was bound over to circuit court today on charges of assault and resisting arrest from a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer at the Blue Water Bridge in Port ...

Peter Watts Arrest Report Released

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Peter Watts is going to jail…sounds like a catchy tune, and most likely will come to pass, assuming SF writer Peter Watts actually shows up for his court date on Dec. 22nd. Stephen Tait at the Times Herald in Port Huron is staying on top of this case with a new ...

Road Warrior Weekend

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

From the realm of "man, that sounds like fun", I received a message on the MacDude list about an event called "Road Warrior Weekend". Costumes, cars and gyrocopters, all in the post-apocalyptic style made popular by the Mad Max movies. The brainchild of Scarlot Harlot, according to the LA Weekly, ...

SF Writer Charged With Assaulting Police Officer

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

It's rapidly becoming old news that Peter Watts, an SF writer (one I have never heard of before, despite his being nominated for a Hugo Award) was arrested when he became "non-compliant" and aggressive with border patrol officers during an inspection stop. From the Times Herald: Port Huron police Capt. Jim Jones ...

Charles N. Brown of Locus Magazine Passed Away

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Charles N. Brown, publisher and editor-in-chief of Locus Magazine passed away on July 12th, 2009. Locus is the major journal of SF news, and has been in publication since 1968, and is published from his home in the Oakland hills. His contributions to promoting and supporting the genre are numerous, ...

Onion Does Trek Movie

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

The Onion knocked one out of a park with a spoof of what they think Trek fans reaction to the new Star Trek movie will be like. The video is a real hoot, so check it out. Trekkies Bash New Star Trek Film As 'Fun, Watchable' Tags: Star Trek the Onion