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What I’ve Really Learned from Science Fiction

What have you learned from science fiction? Travis shares his own lessons.

Bring the Outer Limits Back

Travis wants The Outer Limits back on the air. So. Do. We.

All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Writer

How do you get inspired when you want to write?

How Horror has Devolved in Popular Culture

Why so many paranormal shows? Maybe its because so many people believe in that stuff....

Michael Bay’s Ninja Turtles

Donatello, Raphael, Michelangelo and Leonardo (Splinter!): who are they really for? Certainly not the same audience as Howard the Duck.

Game Review: Goat Simulator

You'll never know how much you've always wanted to be a goat until you try being one.

The Future of Xbox Games with Gold

A look at Xbox and the games with Gold.

The Beta Tester: Project Spark

What's it like to Beta test a game? Travis takes a few minutes away from the controls to fill us in.

Cosplayers: The Modern Don Quixotes

Reflections on modern Don Quiotes.

The Top 5 Reasons Adults Still Suck at Video Games

Yes, it's true. Most older folks suck at playing video games. The real question is - do they care?

Stop the Remake Madness

Travis issues an impassioned plea to STOP THE MADNESS!

UFOs and Aliens

I guess what I’m saying is, extraordinary claims don’t really require extraordinary evidence; they just require good, scientific evidence. The same kind that proved the Earth wasn’t flat and F = MA.

Being a Geek Today vs Yesterday

The age old question: What makes a Geek a Geek?

A Rant on Goodreads

Commentary on the internet trolling that has become the Goodreads comment section.

Book Review: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

Review of Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, focusing on prose and creativity in plot.

Dear Video Game Developers, Hire Real Writers!

Review of the video game Devil May Care with an emphasis on video game writing.

Review: The Fox by Conrad Williams

I do like this format of storytelling — more than a short but not quite a novella. The sort of tale that made pulp magazines so popular.

On Ghost Hunters

Have you heard a strange bump in the night? Perhaps a door mysteriously opened or slammed shut? My advice, read Carl Sagan’s The Demon Haunted World.

Things for Halloween

Warm up your cauldrons, grab your grimoires, and ready the goats for sacrificing; it's that time of the year, again. And to put you in the spirit for All Hallows Eve, I've compiled this list of some of my favorite scary / Halloween themed things.

Video Game Review: Ascend: Hand of Kul

Ascend: Hand of Kul Signal Studios Microsoft Free This summer Microsoft has made it a priority to release and create more free games for its gold service. Ascend:...

TV Review: Under the Dome

Under the Dome is worth your time if you're looking for a decent show, and it definitely surprised me in how engaging and unpredictable some of its main plot lines are.

Video Game Review: TMNT – Out of the Shadows

The 80s were and always will be such a blur to me. It wasn't the excessive cocaine use, blinding neon colors, or the advent...

Comic Review: Star Trek / Doctor Who: Assimilation²

In Star Trek / Doctor Who: Assimilation Squared, we are treated with probably the most accurate comic representations of both TNG and Matt Smith era Doctor Who.

Review: Magic 2014

It seems like just yesterday I'd won a pack of strange cards with the word magic written on them. Peeling off the foil revealed...

When Our Heroes are Villains

Don't do this; don't do that: a mantra of the adult world. Growing up, things were so simple: the good guys do good; the...

Review: Attack on Titan

Remember that really creepy painting done by Francisco Goya, Saturn Devouring his Son? Well, someone in Japan thought that would be an interesting motif...

The Flooding of High River

I stood at the new wharf, formerly a street that I'd walked down over a hundred times, waiting for my wife, Tamara. A raging...