Fiction Friday: Unstoppable (Gardner Dozois In-Memoriam Special)

Fiction Friday is a series where I talk about what I’ve been reading. Short Stories (and sometimes Novellas) are featured as in-between posts and the first Friday of the month will feature a new novel review. Today, I review Unstoppable by Gardner Dozois.

Fiction Friday: Unstoppable

 

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I can’t say that I’m all that familiar with Gardner Dozois’s works. The only thing I know was that he died last month. Searching for something to read this week, it didn’t occur to me that his final story (at least I think it’s his last) appeared in Fantasy and Science Fiction. So, in “better late than never” fashion, time for another in-memoriam special.

Today’s short story is Unstoppable by Gardner Dozois, as featured in Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine. You can find it here. This is a fairy-tale type story that one would think was a legend. A legend of an evil king who sought too much power and in turn created a recipe for disaster. So let’s find out the tale of Kalgrin, the evil king.

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Playing with Imagination: Detroit: Become Human

Playing With Imagination is a series where I talk about video game stories and plots. Many video games have incredible stories and are often overlooked in our society. Today, I talk about Detroit: Become Human from Quantic Dream.

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Playing with Imagination: Detroit: Become Human

Ever since games like Dragon’s Lair, the concept of an “Interactive Story” has become pretty popular. Of course, you have game genres like First Person Shooter, RPGs, Platformers and Sports games that are still made, but this genre has both fans and detractors. Some enjoy the idea of playing a story, enjoying the narrative and drama, while some don’t see the point in making a cutscene video game, even though most of these games do let you control the character.

Quantic Dream has made its name for gripping tales, ever since Indigo Prophecy AKA Fahrenheit and making it big with Heavy Rain, their magnum opus. Their recent venture is a sci-fi story called Detroit: Become Human. This might be one of their best adventures in a while and contains one hell of a tale. I won’t give all of it away, but I will give my thoughts so far. So let’s get into it.

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Fiction Friday: Tie Goes to the Runner

Fiction Friday is a series where I talk about what I’ve been reading. Short Stories (and sometimes Novellas) are featured as in-between posts and the first Friday of the month will feature a new novel review. Today, I review Tie Goes to the Runner by Russell Nichols.

Fiction Friday: Tie Goes to the Runner

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I like baseball. I like aliens, too. I also like aliens playing baseball. That’s today’s story. I’m talking about Tie Goes to the Runner, by Russell Nichols, as featured in Lightspeed Magazine, previously in the Night Lights anthology. You can find it here. If you’re familiar with the classic film “The Sandlot” (”You’re killing me, Smalls!”) it’s like that, but with an alien.

So, let’s begin.

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Beyond The Stars: What Star Wars Needs To Do To Get Back On Track

My Japanese Mythology-inspired short story, Do Not Stare Into The Eyes Of A Kitsune, is finally available. You can buy it on Amazon or wherever ebooks are sold. Help a debut author make his debut worth it.

I announced other works, including a kaiju-themed “mini-novel” (which you can learn about here) and a short story anthology in the near future. This is only the beginning for me and I have more to share.


Beyond the Stars is a series of Science Fiction related posts where I discuss different aspects of the genre and the many tropes and plot lines associated with it. Today, I talk about what Star Wars has to do to survive the backlash of previous films.

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Beyond The Stars: What Star Wars Needs To Do To Get Back On Track

I’m what you could consider a super casual Star Wars fan. I’m very familiar with the series, all the pop culture nods and all that, but I haven’t paid that much attention to the franchise as a whole. The only film I saw in its entirety when I was a kid prior to the Sequel Movies was Phantom Menace, and I think I saw it in theaters, but I remember seeing it on DVD. And I’ve seen a handful of films since then. It never pulled me in as much as other franchises have, but part of that has been due to the fanbase itself.

They’ve always been a loud bunch to the point where its hard for me to associate with them. I’m sure plenty of Star Wars fans are well behaved, but there seems to be a highbrow attitude when mentioning anything other than the original trilogy, the Holy Grail of Pop Culture. Since Force Awakens, I’ve seen a surge of renewed interest in Star Wars that hasn’t been seen in a long time. I figured this was a renaissance for the series. That this franchise had a bright future. Now, I’m getting a little worried.

The Last Jedi, while flawed, had its moments. Rey’s character development was well executed and seeing Kylo ascend as leader was a smart move. Everything else was not great. And don’t get me started on Solo. To be clear, I did like what those movies tried to do, but none of them stood as close as Episode VII.

So today, I’d like to have a chat of what Star Wars needs to do to get back to what made Episode VII so memorable.

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Fiction Friday: Your Multicolored Life

Fiction Friday is a series where I talk about what I’ve been reading. Short Stories (and sometimes Novellas) are featured as in-between posts and the first Friday of the month will feature a new novel review. Today, I review Your Multicolored Life by Xing He, translated by Andy Duda.

Fiction Friday: Your Multicolored Life

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Today’s short story is Your Multicolored Life by Xing He, translated by Andy Dudak, as featured in Clarkesworld. You can find it here. It’s a powerful tale about revolution, slavery, and the purpose of humanity in a technologically advanced world. I had a good time reading it. So let’s begin.

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Cinemagic: Solo: A Star Wars Movie Review

Cinemagic is a series where I talk about live action or animated Movies and TV Shows. Many of them are Science Fiction and Fantasy films that are anticipated enough to give them a watch. Today, I review Solo: A Star Wars Story

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Cinemagic: Solo: A Star Wars Movie Review

This time, I’m reviewing the side story of the Star Wars universe: Solo: A Star Wars Story. I have a lot to say about this film, and it mostly revolves around the plot. This had a troubled development cycle and while it’s leaps and bounds better than The Last Jedi, it has its issues as well. So let’s start the Kessel Run and get into it.

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Fiction Friday: Rabbit Grass

Fiction Friday is a series where I talk about what I’ve been reading. Short Stories (and sometimes Novellas) are featured as in-between posts and the first Friday of the month will feature a new novel review. Today, I review Rabbit Grass by Kelly Stewart, narrated by Julie Hoverson       Fiction Friday: Rabbit Grass Let me get one thing out of the way. I … Continue reading Fiction Friday: Rabbit Grass