The Man in the Arena

The Man in the Arena

In my experience, not only has the critic done little to enter the arena, the critic hasn't even read the book. I'm sure you've seen this before, but for anyone that dares do anything in front of others, it's worth rereading from time to time. It is not the critic who...

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My favorite acronym

My favorite acronym

“And why not?” Hiro raised his voice to match the team's leader. “Bulk’s got nipple missiles.”   Val slammed a fist into the table. “That’s not what we call them and you know it! Those are the Nimbus Intercept Plasma Pulse Laser Explosive Systems!”   “That...

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This nap brought to you by the Shaw Brothers

This nap brought to you by the Shaw Brothers

One thing I've missed since cutting the cable was crappy Sunday afternoon movies. Netflix and the other streaming services are full of crappy movies, sure, but not high quality crappy that rises to the standard of UHF broadcast filled with carpet cleaning offers and...

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The park of the future (ca. 1979)

The park of the future (ca. 1979)

Crichton did it first. As far as I can tell, Westworld was the original fantasy theme park gone awry story. He cemented his claim to the genre 17 years later with Jurassic Park. But Dream Park by Larry Niven and Steven Barnes seems to be the first book where there’s...

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Deeds, not words.

Deeds, not words.

Deeds, not words. As we look forward to a new year I’m reminded of these words printed across the page of a hundred comic books from my youth. Beneath them, a well-coifed Ace Hunter, leader of the crack military team Megaforce, directed a finger at all of us, daring...

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I was a teenage Jedi

I was a teenage Jedi

Okay, maybe not teenaged. But pretty close. I just finished Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order where you play as Cal Kestis. He was a young padawan when Order 66 occurred. He has been hiding from the Empire’s Purge Troops for five years by keeping the same weird shaggy hair...

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Of Course You Realize…

Of Course You Realize…

I can’t reread books. Even my favorites. I just never been able to do it. But I start each year with a quick reread of The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. Like anything, writing has its up and downs. And when you hit the down periods, it seems pretty pathetic to...

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It’s time to get back on the turtle

It’s time to get back on the turtle

    I only discovered the Discworld novels a couple of years ago and I’ve got some catching up to do. That’s why I’ll be reading Sourcery by Sir Terry Pratchett this week. It’s one of the four books in this Rincewind the Wizard collection. I don’t think it’s...

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How To Shave A Gremlin

How To Shave A Gremlin

I’m really enjoying The Mandalorian. It’s Star Wars meets Sergio Leone right down to the soundtrack and he’s already met his Tuco. Whether you’ve been able to catch the show or not, I’m sure you’ve been unable to avoid the onslaught of memes, posts and articles about...

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I don’t understand it. But I accept it.

I don’t understand it. But I accept it. I find myself saying this more and more lately. It’s like a mid-life mantra. It was in my head when I was digging into Twitch and trying to understand why so many people like watching other people play video games when simple...

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