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SIX OF THE BEST… “if video games have taught me anything” lessons

I'm going to go out on a limb and say that most people reading this column have played at least one video game in their lives. But probably more. We've all learned lessons from video [...]

By |February 8th, 2017|Six of the Best/Worst|0 Comments

SIX OF THE WORST… Enterprise design problems

Matt Jefferies should be a household name to Star Trek fans. As art director of the Original Series, he's the one who came up with the general look of the USS Enterprise -- and that [...]

By |February 1st, 2017|Six of the Best/Worst|0 Comments

SIX OF THE BEST… Cardassian philosophies

Cardassians started out as reptilian bad guys on Star Trek: the Next Generation. All we knew about them was that they had no honor (per Worf) and that there had been a long conflict between [...]

By |January 25th, 2017|Six of the Best/Worst|0 Comments

SIX OF THE BEST… narrative devices you can’t use anymore (because they’re cliche’d)

Out of a sense of maudlin more than anything else, the week of Christmas I pulled up the Dunesteef episode where they ran published my novelette Secret Santa. I enjoyed listening to it again, but [...]

By |January 18th, 2017|Six of the Best/Worst|0 Comments

SIX OF THE BEST… columns I wrote in 2016

It's been a year since my last "best-of" post, which can mean only one thing: time for six of the best "Six of the Best (or Worst)" columns that I wrote in 2016. Here goes... [...]

By |January 11th, 2017|Six of the Best/Worst|0 Comments

SIX OF THE WORST… questions I was left with after watching The OA

Netflix's new series The OA should've been right up my alley: a short series (only eight episodes) written by (and starring) Brit Marling, who wrote and starred in the introspective sci-fi film Another Earth. It [...]

By |January 4th, 2017|Six of the Best/Worst|0 Comments

SIX OF THE BEST… sequels coming to theaters in 2017

I feel like I could make this column a yearly thing and just increment the year. And maybe I will. But for right now, since I've already written two columns this month about movies, I [...]

By |December 28th, 2016|Six of the Best/Worst|0 Comments

SIX OF THE BEST… questions to ask your nerdy friends after seeing Rogue One

Obviously, there will be spoilers for Rogue One from here on out. You have been warned. I enjoyed Rogue One. Not as much as The Force Awakens, but I did like it. However, after seeing [...]

By |December 21st, 2016|Six of the Best/Worst|0 Comments

SIX OF THE BEST… reasons to show fewer movie commercials

You may be aware that a little movie called Rogue One is coming out on Friday. I'm certainly going to see it -- it looks great. Especially because of all the work I did to [...]

By |December 14th, 2016|Six of the Best/Worst|0 Comments

SIX OF THE WORST… self-promotion fails

If you follow me on any social media and don't live under a rock, you know that I wrote a new novelette and released it last month. Let me pause for a moment while you [...]

By |December 7th, 2016|Six of the Best/Worst|0 Comments