A sci-fi convention might seem overwhelming to the shy or introverted, but these are safe spaces where it’s OK to be alone, not talk, read and be reflective. If you’ve never been to one, consider Can-Con 2016 in Ottawa, Sept. 9-11.
We all wish we could talk to our younger selves. Here’s 25 things I would have told my 25-years ago self about spotting bullies, learning to accept (and let go of) friendship, and balance trends with individuality.
I’ll be attending the Limestone Genre Expo next weekend and my full schedule is below. When I’m not on panel, you’ll probably find me behind the ChiZine Publications‘ dealers table. CZP is the publisher guests of honour this year and it’s my privilege to represent them. This is Limestone’s second year and it shows no signs […]
A quick theory of how Star Wars Episode VIII will begin, inspired by a fever dream while down with the flu.
A good lesson for writiers: A series of mentors, who are established as characters and so don’t need arcs of their own, serve as gateways for Luke Skywalker’s hero’s journey. Each mentor represents a possible future. When they are lost, Luke must find his own future.
I’m pleased to tell you that I will have a story in Bundoran Press’s new anthology Lazarus Risen. Continuing Bundoran’s line of anthologies exploring how certain concepts or technologies might affect society and humanity, Lazarus Risen explores science-based immortality. From the submission guidelines: Lazarus Risen will seek SF (no fantasy or horror, please) short stories that explore the […]
I came across this documentary and had to share. I live in Ottawa, which is Canada’s national capital. Thought a city of almost 1 million people, it lacks a vibrancy or energy that a city this size should have. This documentary examines how external perceptions (i.e., the residents carrying the blame for actions of government) and governmental […]
I’ve never been a huge David Bowie fan, but his song “The Hearts Filthy Lesson” marked a turning point in my life.
Today, Netflix announced they were making a new Voltron animated series. This new show will be aimed at kids, but I think they are missing an opportunity here to mine some rich material. About 10 years ago, there was a live-action film in the works that would have been set in a desolate future Earth. […]
There’s no disincentive to being rude, aggressive or selfish. In fact, at events like Black Friday it’s a benefit. So in a fictional world, I’d love to see these folks executed as a form of societal self-defence.