Monthly Archive for October, 2010

children’s fashion and other space disasters

This week, on Project Runaway...

In this week’s Star Trek Re-Watch at The Viewscreen, we discuss tragic children’s outfits in the Star Trek universe. But it’s only a fleeting distraction from one of the worst episodes of the series, “And the Children Shall Lead,” in which a group of kids commandeer the Enterprise by banging their fists in the air, with the help of a friendly ghost. No, really. Let’s just shelve this one in the cornfield and move on.

So far, Season 3 is as bad as promised, but there is so much more pain yet to come…

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altered fluid at world fantasy

This isn’t about mixing drinks in the party rooms at World Fantasy, or what happens after imbibing too much–no, it’s just a quick post to let you know that most of my writing group, Altered Fluid, is in Columbus, OH this weekend for the convention while I stay at home and keep NYC safe. By, uh, writing a lot.

Here’s the schedule of AF readings and panels that I can’t attend, but there’s nothing stopping you from showing support for this talented group of writers. (Check your local listings.) I hear there’s even a game involved, some sort of writers’ Bingo. If you make it to all their events and get a card stamped, they’ll take you out for ice cream or something. I’m a bit hazy on the details because I’m not there, but I’m sure you won’t regret it. Reasonably sure.

Thursday
8:00 Alaya Dawn Johnson
8:30 Rajan Khanna
9:30 Paul M. Berger

Friday
10:30 am K. Tempest Bradford
11:30 am Matthew Kressel

Saturday
11 am Tom Crosshill (Panel)
2:30 Saladin Ahmed
10 pm Mercurio D. Rivera

Have fun, everyone! I’ll be following along on Twitter as best I can, or sulking in the dark corner of a coffee shop.

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last day to buy KGB raffle tickets!

Just a quick reminder that today is the last day to purchase raffle tickets to support the Fantastic Fiction reading series at the KGB Bar. There are lots of great prizes; you may have missed some of the last-minute additions so check it out again and spend one dollar or twenty to own some truly unique items. The random drawing for winners is at midnight.

Don’t forget: one of the prizes is a face-to-face critique with my writing group, Altered Fluid, which includes published novelists and short story writers and editors with multiple Hugo and Nebula award nominations. And, uh, me. You can’t afford to pass up an opportunity like this. I’m looking forward to reading your story!

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pew pew!

I present you with my interpretation of the Enterprise‘s faceoff against a giant asteroid in Star Trek‘s “The Paradise Syndrome.” Where’s Captain Kirk through all this excitement? On the planet “Amerind” with amnesia, cosplaying as a god/American Indian medicine chief named “Kirok.”

This episode reminded me of the famous Adventures of Superman episode “Panic in the Sky,” in which Superman loses his memory after colliding with an asteroid. It was remade on Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman as “All Shook Up,” one of my favorite episodes because Ma Kent pushes Clark off a balcony to help him remember how to fly. What is it with asteroids and amnesia? (I’m sure some people would like to forget those asteroid disaster films Armageddon and Deep Impact.)

He'll remember this on Mother's Day

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review of “My Father’s Eyes”

Jo-Anne Odell of Tangent Online had some positive things to say about my SF story “My Father’s Eyes” in Sybil’s Garage No. 7:

I thought this a well-written story.  It reveals its plot right up front, which I appreciate, and it’s a good length, not carrying things too far.

Check out the full review of the issue here. If you’re interested in reading the magazine, you can order a print or electronic copy from Senses Five Press.

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