How to Write Not Good: The Mary Sue/Marty Stu

– Jacob Foxx – When I was younger, I dreamed of being a Jedi fighting alongside Obi-Wan. In the climactic battle, I was the one who finished off the Sith Lord, of course. The force was strong with me, endowing me with epic Jedi skills. There was also a time when I fantasized of being […]

A List of Everything Wrong with Batman Vs. Superman

– Paulie Spiceflow – In the beginning, I resisted the urge to join the mob of critics bashing Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. It seemed too easy to simply fall in line and join the beat down. As time passed, things changed a little. While the critics and some fanboys continued to hate, a […]

Is This the End of Young Adult Dystopias?

– By Paulie Spiceflow and Jacob Foxx – One of the biggest box office flops this year was Allegiant, the third installment of a franchise based on an extremely popular young adult novel. It will likely earn less than half than the previous movies in ticket sales and has been almost unanimously shunned by the […]

Speculative Fiction Continues to Tilt Toward Young Adult Readers

– By Jacob Foxx – If you’ve worked in a bookstore the past decade or two, you’ve probably noticed something strange going on in speculative fiction. Publishers are making bank on young adult titles, pushing aside traditional “high-brow” genre fiction. These novels sport younger protagonists, young adult themes, and bend more toward action and away […]

The War Against the Machines: Should We Fear Automation?

– By Jacob Foxx – This is one of the nightmare scenarios of a future dominated by machines. If they aren’t killing us or converting us into energy, they’re turning us into fat, lazy, ignorant slobs who have no understanding of the world or the technology that makes our opulent lifestyle possible. This is the […]

2015 Prescient Sci Fi Movie(s) of the Year

– The Editors – This year we decided to try to come up with a consensus movie of the year. We failed. So instead we made a list of the top 3 movies of the year. It wasn’t easy. Overall, 2015 was a strong year for science fiction with great films in several subgenres. Space […]

Writing with an Agenda

– Paulie Spiceflow – What is the difference between thoughtful social commentary and blatant political propaganda? Science fiction authors often try to do one but end up doing the other. Some works become literary classics while others are dismissed as preachy, shameless propaganda and fall into irrelevance. Why does some social science fiction novels thrive […]

Impressive Debut for The Expanse

– Paulie Spiceflow – Space is finally returning to science fiction. After years of superheroes, zombies, and time travel it appears we are shifting back towards the more classical tropes of the genre, much to my delight. Syfy’s The Expanse, based on the bestselling series by James S.A. Corey, premiered on Monday and impressed many […]

SyFy Heading in Right Direction with Childhood’s End

– Jacob Foxx – Arthur C. Clarke’s classic gets a modern remake, complete with high-end special effects and a couple high profile cast members. What really presented a challenge was how to create a compelling TV miniseries based on the dry, detached source material. Some of the problems with bringing the Clarke work to life […]

Panem Et Circenses

– Jacob Foxx – In an era of sequels, prequels, reboots, remakes, and retreads, it is important to recognize and appreciate a truly 21st century story. Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games Trilogy has broken countless records and is one of the few successful franchises without a predecessor. According to Scholastic, over 50 million copies of […]