Star Trek and Nostalgia

I’ve been working my way through the original series of Star Trek, which I have always adored. My family watched it together when I was a child. It was our Friday night ritual. We’d have cheese pizza (being good Catholics, so no meat on Fridays in the late 1960s) and watch first a series called … Continue reading Star Trek and Nostalgia

A Crystal Age

Another of my Project Gutenberg finds, “A Crystal Age” by W.H. Hudson is an early science fiction story. Originally published in 1887 anonymously, later editions had the author’s name. One wonders why it was published anonymously to begin with as science fiction was not unheard of at that time. According to Wikipedia, utopia/dystopia literature was … Continue reading A Crystal Age

Are We Becoming Eloi?

The Eloi were, of course, the child-like, cattle-like race of humans in H. G. Wells' "The Time Machine." They didn't do anything except sit around in the sun, eat the food and wear the clothes provided to them by mysterious means without even wondering where they came from. They were used as food by the … Continue reading Are We Becoming Eloi?

Happy Birthday, Ray Bradbury

Born this day in 1920, left us (probably for Mars) June 5, 2012. Some of you who follow me on Twitter may have seen my tweet the other day about a lengthy dream I had in which I was talking with a young Ray. I can't really recall what we discussed, mostly I just remember … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Ray Bradbury

The Casual Time Traveler

Time travel. Who hasn’t thought about what they’d do if they had the chance to go back in time and change something? Maybe you’d find a way to prevent an evil dictator from being born (Hitler, Castro, Pol Pot), stop John Wilkes Booth from assassinating Lincoln, save the Romanovs from being murdered. The problem is … Continue reading The Casual Time Traveler

Future Sci-Fi

More random bizarro thinking on my part. I suddenly started wondering what science fiction of the future will be. Today most science fiction is focused on colonizing other planets, alien encounters, high-tech taking over, dystopias, the fall of civilization, robots, AI, time travel, extending human life. Ok, that's a whole lotta stuff. In say, a … Continue reading Future Sci-Fi

Weekly Card – Eight of Engines

I recently got the Steampunk Tarot by John & Caitlin Matthews so naturally had to use it for this week's card. If you're not familiar with what steampunk is, in a nutshell it's a subgenre of sci-fi/fantasy, typically set in the Victorian era, although not necessarily in England (Cherie M. Priest's "Clockwork Century" series I … Continue reading Weekly Card – Eight of Engines

Good Saturday

I probably should have been more "responsible" but I needed some downtime so I went out for another bike ride. Did a little better this week than last week, much better than I expected for not having been on the bike in probably 9 months. Also have several writing projects going, which is interesting to … Continue reading Good Saturday

Weird Things I Wonder About

You guys are probably used to my bizarre musings, but just in case the needle on the weird-o-meter hasn't been pegged lately, allow me to give it a nudge. I'm a huge classical music fan (as you no doubt know) so I've often felt sad thinking about people who lived before Mozart was born and … Continue reading Weird Things I Wonder About

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

The lovely and darkly delicious Anne Michaud has tagged me for a fun blog hop, to talk a little about current WIP. She in her turn was tagged by Linda Bloodworth. So here are The Roolz: Use this format for your post
. Include an introduction to your interview post and a link to the person … Continue reading The Next Big Thing Blog Hop