Why Sportsball is a Terrible Meme

Geek culture calls it “Sportsball”

Over the past few years I’ve noticed at the beginning of football season that the geek culture brings back this sportsball meme. It’s the non-jock segment of geek culture (which is a very large percentage) perpetuating this.

It sounds something like this: “One squad has … Continue reading

Under the Dome – I Think I Have it Figured Out

This series Under the Dome, loosely based on a Stephen King novel, finished its first season. The series is not the novel. Wikipedia quotes Stephen King as saying:

…story modifications are slotting into place because the writers have completely re-imagined the source of the Dome.

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The Problem with SFF’s Diversity Discussion

There is and has been for a long time a heated discussion on diversity in science fiction and fantasy, or rather the lack of diversity in the community.

Historically the readership/fan base for this kind of material has been straight white male, with authors of the same sort. There seems … Continue reading

In Memory of Ray Bradbury

I don’t like days like today, days when I turn on the computer and learn that one of the icons of science fiction has died. Science Fiction losing Ray Bradbury is like football losing Bart Starr, or baseball losing Stan Musial. It’s like Hollywood losing Clint Eastwood, or rock and … Continue reading

The Difficulty of SF

For the writer, every genre has its quirks and its peculiar difficulties. The peculiar difficulty of science fiction is that, at least to be true to form, there must be an aspect of science that is so integral to the plot that removing it causes the entire story to collapse. … Continue reading