Category Archives: Science Fiction

In honor of Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday

I thought I’d share some of my favorite Poe-related items: To One in Paradise – Not one of his well-known works, but I liked this poem so much, I memorized it in high school. A Dream Within A Dream – … Continue reading

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ILLOGICON 2016: Geek crafting and writing panels

Since its beginning in 2012, I’ve participated in every ILLOGICON except one, only missing 2014 because I caught a raging case of swamp crud from Disney World. ILLOGICON is a small, fan-driven convention dedicated to Science Fiction and Fantasy in … Continue reading

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Plastic Galaxy revisits the toys of my childhood

I just watched Plastic Galaxy: The Story of Star Wars Toys on Hulu. This hour-long documentary covers the Kenner toy company and the development of the very first Star Wars toys in the 1970s and early ’80s, interviewing collectors, experts, … Continue reading

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Writers require courage equal to desire

I’ve been a writer for a long, long time. DRAGON magazine published my short story, “The Visitor,” in 1988. I was 17. Shortly after that, I worked for a treasure hunting magazine, writing articles and book reviews. A few years … Continue reading

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Auctioning a piece of SERENITY for a good cause

* * * CSTS AUCTION LINK * * * For a decade, I’ve owned a piece of Serenity: The actual St. Christopher medal worn by Adam Baldwin as Jayne Cobb in the 2005 motion picture. He can be seen wearing it when … Continue reading

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Fallout fun

I started writing Stellarnet Rebel in 2009, a year after the release of Fallout 3. The “bracers” used by my characters Genny and Duin are similar to the Pipboy devices in the Fallout franchise. Basically, a smart phone worn around … Continue reading

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Love is love

Even human/alien love. Image courtesy of Pride Publishing.

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Remembering STAR WARS and 1977

I was 6 years old when Star Wars hit theaters in May 1977 and my dad took me to see it on the big screen. We lived in Los Angeles at the time, and I can’t remember for certain whether or … Continue reading

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Honest Hearts DLC touches my own in Fallout: New Vegas

I recently finished the Honest Hearts DLC (“downloadable content” game expansion) for Fallout: New Vegas. In 44 years, I’ve cried at countless movies and books but never video games. Yes, I teared up at the end of the Knife of Dunwall/Brigmore … Continue reading

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Back in my day, video games had stick figures

When people complain about graphics in video games, and frame rate, and immersion, and lag, and whether PS4 is better than Xbox One, and how Skyrim “sucks” compared to Oblivion or Morrowind, and which Final Fantasy game is better than … Continue reading

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