I got to see the movie Battleship (2012) on TV the other week. I’d eschewed it on first release because it looked dumb on so many levels. And I wasn’t disappointed. The dumbness was monolithic. I suppose any story that’s been squeezed out of a game is going to have problems. Add the inevitable studio requirements… More Stories of aliens versus us are really commenting on our own dark side
There was speculation the other week to the effect that smart people live longer – the genes for ‘smart’ and the genes for ‘long life’ apparently being the same. Once upon a time this would have merely meant that geeks got to spend longer being picked on by bullies. But, of course, one of the big… More So it seems smart people live longer. What does that mean?
A few years ago my wife and I took the ultra high-speed train from Amsterdam to Paris. It tore through the Netherlands and Belgium at what to our New Zealand eyes seemed a sharp pace. Then it got to France, at which point the driver opened the throttle. Pow! Suddenly we were rattling along at over… More How things happen faster than you sometimes notice
The pointless slaughter of Cecil the lion saddens but doesn’t surprise me. Humanity is fast becoming the scourge of this planet. I’m aware African farmers have issues with predation – and that the fees charged to allow ‘mighty hunters’ on to their lands are a much-needed boost to their incomes. But the natural world is irreplaceable.… More Cecil the lion’s death highlights the fact that humanity is the scourge of a fragile Earth
The other week I read a marvellous short story by blogging friend Eric Wicklund, who posts extremely good stories on his blog. His setting involved a US carrier battle group, mysteriously transported to an alternate universe where magic worked. But so did twenty-first century tech, at least while it could be maintained. The story got me… More Rebuilding from the Stone Age is haaaaaaard…
Efforts are under way to crowd-source a message for putative future aliens, to be uploaded to the New Horizons probe after it completes its historic mission to Pluto and (possibly) another object in the Kuiper belt. New Horizons is the fifth object we’ve sent on a one-way journey out of the solar system, and the… More What would YOU say to aliens before the apocalypse hits us?
There’s no getting around it. No matter how good a plot you come up with for your story or novel, it’ll be dull, dull dull if you don’t wrap it around a character arc. Characters make the story. Without that tension – the character having to learn something. Want to know what I mean? Check… More Writers – set the controls for the middle of the Sun