Tag Archives: Science fiction

SciFi Haiku: Babylon 5

I’ve looked around for ideas to get my creative juices flowing and came across the “Genre Haiku Challenge” at Rob’s Surf Report. His first challenge was for Science Fiction based haiku, and while I missed the challenge deadline (it only ran for a few days) I decided to give it a shot.

From a dead planet.
A whisper “what do you want?”
The shadows spreading.

The final entries of the first challenge can be found here.

Rob’s December challenge is for Epic Fantasy, I think I will give it a try but my Epic Fantasy experience is mostly limited to Tolkien’s works.

Want to try your hand at it? Let me know if you do!


Star Trek FAQ Review at Slice of SciFi

Hey all, the chaos of November is now behind us and I am coming out of my NaNoWriMo induced lack of motivation.

Just in case you missed it in the chaos of November, my review of Star Trek FAQ by Mark Clark was posted over at The Dragon Page.

The review has now also been posted over a the Slice of SciFi website.

If you haven’t already, check it out.

The Passing Of A Master: Ray Bradbury ’20 – ’12

Photo of Ray Bradbury.
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is a sad day for Science Fiction fans and literature buffs alike.
Ray Bradbury, renowned author of many works such as Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles, has left us at the age of 91.

Like many of us, I remember fondly reading his books and enjoying watching the many film and television adaptations of his works. As his grandson is quoted as saying, that is his legacy, his body of works and them memory of them in the hearts and minds of his fans.

Many others have posted on this topic through the day, my friend Jeff Hite had some good things to say. Including an idea I can really get behind.

I suggest in his honor that you might want to try to write something new today.

You might also want to check out the story at io9, and Michael Hickerson has a good post over at Dragon Page.

Related Stories (updated 6/7/12)

World Book Night Update

As I said a few months ago I am participating in next weeks World Book Night event.

Tonight I attended a get together with a number of other local book givers at our book pickup location, a local independent book store Beaverdale Books. It was a fun time discussing our selected books and our plans for handing the books out.

On an interesting note while there was a good selection of this year’s books chosen by givers, my choice to hand out Orson Scott Card‘s Ender’s Game was the only one with multiple givers (3 of us) so score one for the Science Fiction section 😉

I’m planning on handing out these special editions of Ender’s Game to non habitual readers next Monday at The Village Bean here in Des Moines.



Another Book Review: Alien Contact

review available at The Dragon Page

Hey all, my latest book review is now up over at The Dragon Page!

It is my review of the excellent Science Fiction anthology Alien Contact edited by Marty Halpern. This anthology includes stories from greats such as:

  • Harry Turtledove
  • Orson Scott Card
  • Stephen King
  • Neil Gaiman

and many others.

So pop on over and check it out.