Long time without an update, but that's because I've been keeping busy with a lot of fiction projects. First some links to free stuff then some exciting news.
I somehow forgot to link to this review from months ago of "What Happened to Monday." Spoiler alert: I didn't like it. Comically the screen writer shared and "liked" this article on at least two social media platforms. Either he responds to criticism exceptionally well or never read it. Take your pick.
More recently, I have a new science article over at PITS discussing the Radium Girls titled "Radium Will Make Your Watch Face Glow and Your Jaw Fall Off." This is not a particularly happy piece, but I think you'll find it's very interesting and engrossing. (That's the feedback I've been receiving anyway.)
Now the exciting news. Along side various publishing submissions I've decided to self publish a series of short stories and novellas featuring recurring characters which will collectively be known as "The Society Series." This allows me to explore a variety of story concepts I've had kicking around for years that don't fully work as isolated short tales, but I think as part of a larger tapestry will work beautifully. Feedback on the first story from test readers has been overwhelmingly positive, so I can't wait to share this with all of you. Short stories will be available for $1 on Kindle, and eventually collected into a print edition.
Forgot to post this Blade Runner Retrospective I wrote a few weeks ago in preparation for the sequel coming out. No worries, it's still fresh.
I've been spending all my writing time working on a pair of novels. The first is my take on a haunted house, because every horror writer has to have a haunted house story, in my opinion. Plus it's a super fun sub-genre. The second is a sci-fi action/adventure satire that I'm having fun with. So two very different projects that both require a lot of time. Don't forget that you can pick up my Kindle short story collections; links over on my Fiction Page.
Cautionary tales this week, one for a movie and another for a place. I recently took my first trip to Las Vegas and shared my honest (and largely unflattering) impression at Panic in the Skies. A similarly unflattering review of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is over at Outpost 31.
No extended reviews, but I saw the latest Planet of the Apes and it did not disappoint. Nor did Baby Driver, which is my movie of the year thus far.
I have a review of last year's Red Dwarf Series XI over at Outpost 31. TLDR: I enjoyed it a lot.
I've recently added another rejection letter to my short story portfolio. At least it's progress.
My long delayed collection of flash fiction is available on Kindle and in paperback through Amazon! You can find international links on my new Fiction page. It spans genres from science fiction to slice of life, though with a good bit of satire throughout. If you do purchase it please give it a review on Amazon as that helps me a lot.
I also finally got around to telling a story I've been meaning to tell for some time. It's about what it was like to have a tweet go viral, which was such a unique and surreal experience that I feel it's worth sharing. You can catch that over at Panic in the Skies. After you read it help me figure out if I'm technically a contributing writer at Buzzfeed.
Not much for you to read lately though I have been busy. I'm putting the finishing touches on my Kindle flash fiction collection and have some very kind reviews to add to the press for it. I've started a new nonfiction book project which is going fairly well, and I've sent off a horror story to a magazine.
Of course I only post on here when I have something for you to read. Thing is, I couldn't help but write a review of the outstanding documentary Five Came Back, which you can read over at Outpost 31.
Star Trek VI and Star Trek Beyond are philosophically linked. At least that's what I argue in my latest Outpost 31 piece, which is worth your time if you're a fan of metaphor in science fiction.
Apart from that I recently wrote up a silly piece for Panic in the Skies about what other songs might be on Starlord's mixtapes.
This past week I posted a piece on PITS about the role of faith in science. I ran this idea past a few fellow scientists before posting it and found that at first they didn't like it until my premise was explained, at which point they agreed with me. Just mentioning faith and science in the same sentence can put some people off. Give it a read and then feel free to debate with me in the comments on PITS or on Twitter.
I've been finding time here and there to edit together a collection of flash fiction I wrote for the now shuttered Elephant Words blog. Watch this space for its launch on Kindle.
Oh, I'm also working on a book pitch, which is particularly nerve wracking.
Finally starting to get back on top of life after multiple family emergencies. I did manage to get a piece up last week about how "common sense" intuition can lead you astray when thinking about science. From what I've been hearing this one is quite the conversation piece on FaceBook.
Caution: This one contains math equations! Be brave and give it a go.