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What I’ve Really Learned from Science Fiction

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

Bring the Outer Limits Back

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

All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Writer

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How do you get inspired when you want to write?

How Horror has Devolved in Popular Culture

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

Michael Bay’s Ninja Turtles

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

Game Review: Goat Simulator

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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

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A look at Xbox and the games with Gold.

The Beta Tester: Project Spark

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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

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Reflections on modern Don Quiotes.

The Top 5 Reasons Adults Still Suck at Video Games

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

Stop the Remake Madness

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Travis issues an impassioned plea to STOP THE MADNESS!

UFOs and Aliens

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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

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

A Rant on Goodreads

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

Book Review: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

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

Dear Video Game Developers, Hire Real Writers!

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

Review: The Fox by Conrad Williams

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...