Thursday, October 19, 2017

science fiction

Change, or die: that’s the stark choice most protagonists face in literature, whether they recognize it or not.  Change is constant, and stasis is only an illusion.  What is true of people is also true of civilizations.  Cultures evolve, or ...

The newest bar open on Hollywood Blvd takes you to a galaxy far, far away. Scum and Villainy Cantina, formerly a pop-up and now with consistent bar hours, is the place to go when you need to indulge your geeky ...

“[Lord Fanny] made a huge impression on stupid, mopey me,” Tara Marie states in “The Search for Trans Role Models in Comics” written for The Harlot. Her essay is a wonderful, yet critical examination of trans women in comics. It’s ...

Modern culture, from literature to television to cinema, has become obsessed with the contemplation of our doom.  More specifically, we are infatuated with the conceived idea that a monumental change is coming.  And not just coming, but imminent.  Whether it ...

banner image by Riley James Keith “There is no spoon,” a stoic little boy tells a tall man in a trench coat and sunglasses. This man doesn’t quite believe he is The One. He wants to believe, but his hold ...

It’s hard being human and dealing with gender issues, whether in your personal life or in media. And that’s to say nothing for gender equality/representation. Look at the Bechdel test. There’s a lot of pressure on writers and storytellers to ...

Whether or not it will remain true under historical review, most people agree that 2016 was a lousy year. We’ve seen the deaths of many true geniuses, both artistic and otherwise, and those of us who are Americans see the ...

  In 2009, director James Cameron finally brought a long-term project to fruition, with the release of the science fiction film Avatar, and audiences were introduced to a species of blue-skinned alien giants called the na’vi. Through the course of ...

When the Hungarian physicist Leo Szilard stepped out onto the street across from the British Museum on September 12, 1933, he had an epiphany.  He realized how to create an atomic bomb.  What he had to look for was an ...