Since I was a teenager, I have been telling stories for the fun of it through film, video, audio drama, and more. Check out many of those projects here, or read on for comments on other stories or items that catch my interest.

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Man of the People [6.3]

October 22, 2014 1 comment

Negotiator Ves Alkar comes on board the Enterprise for some delicate peace talks, and forms a connection with Counselor Troi, over the enraged objections from his aged mother.  After his mother dies, Troi participates in a special remembrance ceremony with Alkar, during which he secretly “bonds” with her, causing her to become the recipient of his negative emotions.  Read more…

What’s Black and White and Read All Over? – DC Showcase Presents Superman vol. 1

October 20, 2014 Leave a comment

For a number of years now, DC has been releasing their Showcase Presents line–500+ page soft-covers in glorious black and white, reprinting piles of comics in each volume, mostly from the 50’s and the 60’s, but then also from the 70’s and even the 80’s.  Some of the titles are long running series like Superman or Batman, while others are more obscure stuff  that might be done-in-one, like Bat-Lash or Atomic Knights.  For a continuity-junkie like myself, these books are a goldmine.  Or maybe more accurately, considering the low cover price, a zinc-mine.  The lack of color can be a little off-putting, but overall I find that a small pay-off for the benefit of having so many pages of story and art made available so affordable. Read more…

Bridgeport ComiConn 2014 – Non-Buyer’s Remorse

October 18, 2014 3 comments

One of the highlights of my trip to New York recently (aside from, you know, family, friends and Niagara Falls) was getting to the Bridgeport ComiConn. I didn’t go because I have any particular connection to Bridgeport or Connecticut, but simply because it was not too far away for me, and I wanted to take the opportunity to go to a comic book / science fiction event of some sort that had more than two comic book people that I am familiar with (which is sort of standard for the events that come to Perth each year). It was good fun, all the more so because I was more-or-less at the last moment accompanied by my friend and former workmate Jane. Read more…

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Realm of Fear [6.2]

October 16, 2014 2 comments

On a rescue mission to an apparently deserted science ship trapped in a plasma cloud, Lt. Barclay must face his fears related to using the transporter.  Overcoming his reluctance, he beams over, but on his way back he sees something in the transporter stream which moves and even touches him.   Read more…

Ten Great Time Travel Stories

October 11, 2014 Leave a comment

I’d like to call this the 10 best time travel stories, but come on, can I really make such an identification?  How do I tell the difference between a great “time travel story” and a great story that just happens to include time travel?   Does every good episode of Doctor Who or the Legion of Super-Heroes count just because the Doctor gets to the adventure in the Tardis or Superboy by breaking the time barrier?  And what about all those time travel stories that I have never seen or read?  What, indeed, about all those time travel stories that I have read, but simply cannot remember? Read more…

Doctor Who: A Creative Apologist’s Response to Objections to “Kill the Moon” [That's Just Crazy Talk]

October 9, 2014 Leave a comment

Kill the Moon, the 7th episode of the 8th season of Doctor Who, has apparently become extremely divisive.  Some people think it’s amazing, and one of the best episodes of the whole series, while others just can’t get past the ludicrous science involved.  Well, the science is indeed ludicrous, but the episode is nonetheless a good one – imaginatively conceived, well directed, genuinely scary, and brilliantly acted by the two leads.  I’m not a big fan of Courtney Wells as a character, but I loved the interaction between the Doctor and Clara, and I was particularly impressed by their confrontation at the end, where Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman basically knocked it out of the park. Read more…

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Time’s Arrow, Part II [6.1]

October 4, 2014 2 comments

Picard and the crew settle in 19th century earth, where they track the presence of the time traveling aliens.  Data re-connects with his shipmates, and the crew wind up in the cave where Data has his head blown off.  Read more…


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