Tag Archives: deep thoughts

Simulating a low-gravity environment on film

Yesterday’s New York Times had a Dave Itzkoff piece talking up Moon, the new SF film by Duncan Jones (aka Zowie Bowie) and starring Sam Rockwell and Kevin Spacey. The movie sounds interesting, and I look forward to seeing it. … Continue reading

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So I’m halfway through Underworld: Rise of the Lycans…

…in which Rhona Mitra takes over for Kate Beckinsale in the ass-kicking vampire chick role, and it occurs to me, “Rhona” has the same number of syllables as “Lola,” and “vampire” has the same number of syllables as “showgirl,” so if … Continue reading

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Live Free or Die Hard: action movie tip of the day

When someone’s firing armor-piercing bullets into your car from above, screaming “Get down! Get down!” to your passengers actually doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. (Driving over a fire hydrant in order to take out an airborne sniper with … Continue reading

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“It’s ______ to me.”

Via jaylake, a Map of Incomprehension: “When an English speaker doesn’t understand a word of what someone says, he or she states that it’s ‘Greek to me’. When a Hebrew speaker encounters this difficulty, it ‘sounds like Chinese’.” And so … Continue reading

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My takeaway from last night’s Battlestar Galactica episode

Man, that scene where Edward James Olmos was brushing his teeth was some of the most dramatic tooth-brushing I’ve ever seen in a science-fiction series.

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And on a personal, authorial note…

I love the fact that he stumbled a bit during the oath of office. Next time I screw up during introductory remarks at a reading, I’m going to remember that, and how it doesn’t have to detract from the main … Continue reading

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My brilliant idea for the next Battlestar Galactica remake

I think the characters should say “fuck” instead of “frak.” Also, I think the producers should map out the main story arc in advance, so that the surprise plot twists MAKE FUCKING SENSE.

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It’s Election Day

Go vote.

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F&SF survey about paying for online fiction

[Via John Scalzi] Gordon Van Gelder over at Fantasy & Science Fiction is conducting a survey on the subject of paying to read short fiction online. My own answers, for what they’re worth: When you read a story online that … Continue reading

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Someone on the [SF section of the] Internet is wrong

Yesterday’s SF Signal Mind Meld asks, “If You Could Change Any Aspect of The Science Fiction Field, What Would it Be?” Andrew Wheeler, evidently appalled by the gap between the realities of contemporary SF publishing and certain people’s understanding of … Continue reading

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