Author Archives: BT

The joy of short fiction and Star Trek film reviews

  Autumn is here in deep pooling shadows and icy-fanged mornings. Some quick doses of news: Nature Futures’ podcast selected my story “Interdimensional Trade Benefits” as their favorite sci-fi tale published in August, and gave it a classy recital on … Continue reading

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Redshirt Revolution and WorldCon

  Together with my good friends at The Skeptics Guide to the Universe, I had a chance to advance screen the Star Trek – The Original Series Tour in Ticonderoga, New York. While the building is rather unassuming from the outside, the … Continue reading

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Virtual Realities

Some writing news to begin with: I was notified this month that I’m a Baen Fantasy Adventure Award Finalist for a non-western, non-medieval fantasy novelette of mine. I also sold my flash piece “Interdimensional Trade Benefits” to Nature Futures; this … Continue reading

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Who chooses the end of the world?

Some sales news to start things off. My 500-word flash piece “Disc Stutter” was awarded 1st Place in Escape Pod’s Flash Fiction IV contest. This marks my fourth appearance in the venerable podcast, following the dark sci-fi piece “The Nightmare … Continue reading

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Last of the Sharkspeakers in Fantasy & Science Fiction

When I was a kid, one of my first stories (scrawled in blue pen on a large, lined, and yellow legal pad) was about an asteroid that smacks into the Earth on New Year’s Day in the year 2997. (Side-note: … Continue reading

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March Monsters from the Id

I’m not entirely convinced that social media is a positive thing. Ostensibly, it’s to promote greater communication; I recall Demi Moore’s line in the film Disclosure about how one day a connected world would allow people to communicate as “pure consciousness.” … Continue reading

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Can 2016 stop killing people, please?

  Imagine if a terrorist had killed David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Lemmy Kilmister, and  500,000 other people around the world each year. We can only be so angry at the destruction of the Library at Alexandria. At some point we have to … Continue reading

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens – The Good and Bad

I’m a Star Wars fan. So is the planet Earth. Growing up, being a fan of the series (and of anything science-fiction or fantasy) was like being in a relatively small secret society. One of the great joys I’ve had … Continue reading

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The Horror! Sales and Thoughts

Horror is a strange, wonderful, and frustrating genre. Frustrating because there’s so much bad horror out there: cheap ghost stories, torture porn, and yet-another-goddam-zombie movie. Wonderful because it’s a time for masks and secrets, allowing us to twist the world … Continue reading

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Mad Max and Furiosa’s Road

It’s been a long time since I’ve been impressed by an action movie. The CGI scourge has rendered so much into a barely watchable cartoon over these last several years, and what’s been lost amid such Loony Toon antics is … Continue reading

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