December 15, 2018

It all started with a scare that turned more real than the United States government could have imagined.

On August 23, 1954, Aviation Week and Space Technology released this story:

“Pentagon scare over the observance of two previously unobserved satellites orbiting the e...

December 9, 2018

Two things got me into science fiction from an early age. The first was the Apollo moon landing. One of my earliest memories is watching astronauts walk on the moon, and from that point on I often daydreamed about doing the same. The second was Star Trek. If the Apollo...

November 16, 2018

For years I’ve written novels with the Holy Grail being able to turn my stories into a video game or film franchise. Three months ago I was approached by Low Carb Media. They expressed interest in turning my Gateway to the Galaxy series into a mobile game.

I’ve had my e...

October 29, 2018

Underrated Sci-Fi shows: Farscape

Honestly, when I started watching this show, I didn’t think I’d make it through the first five episodes, let alone the first season. The pilot was good enough to intrigue me, but the show (especially the first season) had the bad habit...

October 19, 2018

Most people credit The Matrix with popularizing the idea of cyberspace, and it's an easy mistake to make. Comparatively few people are familiar with Snowcrash, or Neuromancer, or any of the early cyberpunk novels that shaped the genre.

Even fewer are familiar with my fa...

October 7, 2018

Firefly was in its own genre.

Yeah, you could call it Space Opera. You could even call it Sci-Fi Exploration. But at that time, nothing, and I mean nothing, was Science Fiction mashed into Western Classic TV.

Cowboys and Cowgirls flying spaceships, shooting space-age gun...

September 24, 2018

Late last year, fellow sci fi writer Jon Del Arroz approached me about adapting my Ember War novel into a comic book. He’d picked up one of my books after IRON DRAGOONS won the Dragon Award for Best Military Sci Fi novel, and noted that THE EMBER WAR was structured in...

August 26, 2018

When it comes to heroes in literature, they have something in common: a journey. Here are the broad strokes of the Heroes Journey:


1. Call to adventure out of the ordinary world


2. Crossing the threshold to the realm of the unknown.

3. Appearance of Helpers and Mentor

4....

August 11, 2018

Following my friend Chris Fox’s excellent article about underrated classics, I hesitated between writing a follow-up piece about Farscape (or Firefly), but then I decided to open a new topic instead.

Shows are ruled by their viewing results. Because of that, oh too many...

July 27, 2018

This week kicks off my brand new column: Underrated Classics. My fellow authors and I will be reviewing gems that you might not have heard of, but that might still be binge worthy fun for the modern science fiction geek.

In the dim recesses of the ancient past, before s...