Hipster vs. Adult Child

This is just a bit of a vent. My daughter said something the other day that kind of hit me like a slap across the face. She called me a hipster. What? A hipster? I’m not some 21st century beatnik who only listens to unheard-of music and avoids the “popular” …

The Importance of Science Fiction (and Fantasy) to Modern Culture

Since I’m restarting my blog, I thought I’d kick it off with a post I wrote a long time ago, but never ended up posting. I’m a firm believer that science fiction (and by extension, fantasy, steampunk and most any other speculative fiction fandom out there) is an important part …

*Archive* Pre-Crime: The Science Fact-ion of Minority Report

 Crime. The social aspects of it, the repercussions from it and the simple fear of it are major factors in people’s lives. Local politicians like to talk about how they’ll crack down on crime. Inner-city economically impoverished people tend to get sucked into it by necessity. And most recently, corporations …

*Archive* Science Fact-ion: Powered Exosuits

Ironman. The load lifter from Aliens.  The combat jackets from Edge of Tomorrow.  The exoskeleton from Elysium. Powered exoskeleton suits are speckled all across science fiction. And that’s just Hollywood. Delve into written science fiction, like Alastair Reynolds’s Revelation Space, and they’re all over the place. They even exist in …

*Archive* Science Fact-ion: Human Popscicles, a.k.a. Cryonics

Cryosleep, cryonics, cryogenics, space sleep… whatever you call it, freezing people for later reanimation has been a staple of science fiction for… forever. From Star Wars to Star Trek to Red Dwarf to Doctor Who and a whole slew more, humanity has had a love affair with the idea of …

When the bad guy wins

I’m something of a traditionalist, I like it when the good guys win. Sure, sometimes I like rooting for the anti-hero or the bad-guy-gone-good. I usually like the guy who hangs on the edge of morality between the light and dark. But in the end, I want the winner to …