Fun Time at KC 2014 Planet Comicon


I have returned from this year’s Kansas City 2014 Planet Comicon and had a real blast during the event over the weekend.

Aquaman vs Namor

Aquaman vs Namor

Kings of the greatest empires on Earth, these two have been each other’s shadow’s entities since they began competition.

But who rules the oceans? Whom crests the waves like the king he is? Meta-human or Mutant?

Lets take a look…

Voyagers and Visionaries of Science Fiction: Metropolis

Metropolis 1926

Those who know me personally, know that Fritz Lang’s science fiction epic Metropolis is one of my favorite movies–so much so that I might have a half sleeve tattoo of it.

Being The Gatekeeper To Sci-Fi For Your Non-Nerdy Significant Other

Nerd Love STTNG

So, you’ve been lucky enough to find a significant other, someone who finds your unique blend of personality, looks, and geeky interests appealing. Congrats, I was rooting for you. I’m sure you two will be very happy together — What’s that? Your new partner isn’t really a nerd?

Controversy and Card

Ender's Game

“Ender’s Game” Controversy . . . really?

Free to Play!

Star Wars The Old Republic

There are a variety of free-to-play MMORPGs (Mass-Multiplayer Online Role-playing Games) of excellent quality right now on the market. I’m going to present the format of free play and its benefits and limitations, along with some games that use it. This will not be an exhaustive list by any means, there are simply more games than I have the ability to talk about here.

Star Trek Cannot Go Into Darkness


Star Trek Into Darkness holds a distinction in the franchise. It is the highest grossing Star Trek film to date, was loved and praised by professional critics while being parodied and panned by hard-core fandom.

Why Scifi Needs Reruns

Syfy: Imagine Story!

Watching reruns is the heart and soul of scifi. It’s what formed the bonds that matter to us as we grow older, it’s what makes us enjoy comparing new favorite shows to old favorites, and it’s what drives us scifi geeks to want more of both.

Ask 5 Friends: Heavy World, Heavy Aliens: Getting it Right


In the world of Science Fiction, aliens come from the minds of their creators, but as we look further into the stars, we can’t help but ask if we’re getting it right. Every day we’re finding more planets in the Goldilocks zones and scientists debate the environments of those worlds. Along with environments, they can’t help but wonder how life forms on those new worlds would appear.

The Sopranos: Raising the Bar for Science Fiction

Gandolfini Thrones

At first glance, the long-running HBO series The Sopranos doesn’t seem to offer much to current sci-fi shows in circulation. I will endeavor to prove here that the Sopranos, through pure excellence of presentation, raised the bar for everyone… including sci-fi and fantasy shows.

It’s Time

Koch & Burroughs

I realized that while it’s once again time to make a stand, I don’t actually have to defend anything.

The mere fact that these men are making women around the globe feel that we have to defend our right to write in whatever genres we want is the real crime. And it’s both ironic and insulting.

Should Chewie Have Worn Pants?


Donald Duck doesn’t wear them, but Chewbecca nearly did.

We’re talking about pants, of course,

Happy Nerd Year!


Happy New Year! Or, as I like to think of it, Nerd Year. Yeah, I’m a total nerd, married to a total nerd, who raised a total nerd. We are out and proud, baby. And, as The Avengers has taught us, we are legion.

Everyone does Christmas and gift lists, but honestly, if you don’t have The Avengers already (or Firefly, or Dr. Who, etc.), or didn’t buy it for the nerd in your life, you need a lot more help than any column I can write will provide.

Who’s Watching You Watching Them?


Quick, before the crew learns about the true intentions of our clandestine mission, better cut off satellite communication to Earth and kill everyone!

Are These Ten “Star Trek” Episodes “Must See”?


This week’s TV Club 10 over at the Onion AV Club focuses on the original (and still the best) Star Trek.