And you don't even have to have a ticket to read it. Yes, after some tricky wormhole trouble a little ways back, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine is back on track with ASIM 57. Why should you care? Well, there are some great stories in there...including one of my own, 'Schrödinger.'
If this interests you at all, hop on over here and see if they'll teleport you a copy. I bet they would.
As always, best wishes for whatever your life may hold,
Zombies are still having a good time. It’s died down a bit,
but the train is still chugging along. I had a discussion about this with a
number of people once. The prevailing theory was that zombies are our new
Wash your hands or you’ll get sick. And getting sick could
turn you into a zombie.
Stay away from strangers. They might be carrying the zombie
A mind is a terrible thing to waste. And if you don’t use
it, it doesn’t get tough, so zombies are more likely to eat it.
If you couldn’t tell, I’m basically making this up. But
seriously—enjoy the rest of your day. I plan to.
I also wanted to say how much I just loved doing A-Z
blogging again. Through all the stresses and strains, it was still a great
experience. And to new friends and acquaintances: hi!
You scroll across an article, realizing not long after the
beginning that it’s written in second person. You scratch your head, wondering
who in their right mind would ever do that. That’s against the Geneva
Convention, you recall.
Okay, I’ll stop. But I do want to talk second person. Just
for a bit. You can shoot me later. But I’ve always had a soft spot for one
thing that came from second person. I think you know what it is: Choose Your
Own Adventure books. I loved them. I still do, actually. It’s just hard to find
them written for adults. And by hard, I mean nearly impossible.
But what do you think? Do you think it’s time for a Choose
Your Own Adventure comeback? I’d like to see that. Heck, I may even try my hand
at it. In a couple years. When I get through everything else I’m already
Who doesn’t like a warrior woman? No one, that’s right. And
these, in my opinion, are the ten most badass of them all, ranging across
movies, shows, books, and video games. Enjoy. Or something.
10: Molly Weasley (Harry Potter): Why so low? Because she
only had one truly badass moment. Then why does she even make the list? She
killed Bellatrix Lestrange. That alone warrants her being on this list, trust
9: Xianghua (Soul Calibur): Anyone that can trade blows with
trained samurai, undead pirates, and demon knights is okay I my book. More than
okay. Xianghua is highly trained in martial arts. And, you know, she sort of
wields Soul Calibur, the sword of pure awesomeness or something like that (I’m
paraphrasing, of course).
8: Mara Jade (Star Wars Extended Universe): You have to love
her. She’s a force sensitive, can wield a blaster (and later a lightsaber), and
is capable of keeping up with the last officially trained Jedi in the galaxy.
7: Nevva Winter (The Pendragon Series): Sure she’s evil.
That doesn’t make her not a badass. She’s manipulative, clever, and can change
her appearance at will. That’s on top of the normal abilities of Travelers,
like instantaneous understanding of any language and the ability of traveling
through space and time to another dimension. Plus she does redeem herself
6: Demona (Gargoyles): A magitech gargoyle warrior. I love
it. She’s almost entirely self-serving, so she’s not exactly nice. Plus she has
some sex appeal, which never helps. And, unlike most kids’ show villains, she
isn’t a bumbling ball of uselessness. She’s bloody clever, actually.
5: Minerva McGonagall (Harry Potter): Come on. You can’t
honestly contest that. A woman that can hold her own against Death Eaters and
has the respect of Albus Dumbledore? She’s got to have something go for her and
you know it.
4: Lady Tsunade (Naruto): I wouldn’t want to face her.
Capable, with her power limited, to flick people off and away with a single
finger. She can break bones with slight hits. And did I mention the summoning
of the giant slug? All while using a good portion of her power to hold her
appearance where she likes it.
3: Raine (The Watershed Trilogy): She can fight, ride a
horse, scale almost sheer walls with her bare hands, and she came back from the
dead. She learned from a master how to pick locks. She can heal. She was
willing to stand up to one of the greatest forces of evil in the world with
only one man at her side. She was also blessed by the powers of all three gods
of the world, one of only three people of the sort that exist.
2: Unohana Retsu (Bleach): Or Yachiru Kenpachi, if you want
to get a little archaic. This is a woman that instills fear in fierce warriors
just by existing, a woman that, in thousands of years of battle, only ever took
one scar, and a small one at that, a woman that learned advanced healing
techniques for the sole purpose of fighting longer. She’s a bit like Yoda, only
fighting when duty calls. But older and better looking.
1: Leeloo (The Fifth Element): You can’t argue this one.
She’s the supreme being. They come right out and say that. She can fight, learn
anything in minutes, and can fire a laser from her mouth that stops basically
the ultimate evil where it sits. Find me someone better. I dare you.
Anyone I missed? Let me know—maybe you’ll turn me onto
something I haven’t yet come across.
P.S: This is, of course, just for spec fic. Otherwise there
would have been some other names on here. And yes, I cheated on the title a
bit. Oh well.
You might know a writer. If so, you might be able to pry
them away from the keyboard long enough to tell you their birthday or get them
to sing a Christmas carol or something. But that might be about it. You won’t
know what to get them Well, fear not. Writers are easy enough to appease. But
here are the list of the top five things you should NOT get your writer
(Note: This is meant to be slightly humorous. Take with a
grain f salt and call me in the morning.)
5: Pencils: Pencils are evil. Unless your writer asks for
pencils, just back away.
4: A desk set: It’s not going to get used. Sorry. I don’t
want an audience while I’m writing. If you want to get them a desk set, don’t
do it because you think that a writer should like it. We won’t
3: Nice pens: We’ll just use them and either destroy them or
never buy refills, then feel guilty whenever we use another pen around you.
2: Notebooks: It’s a really nice gesture. I mean it. It is.
But I’ve never met a writer without blank notebooks. We just don’t get around
to filling them very quickly. I once got a bunch of half-used notebooks. Like,
twenty or more. I gave away half of them, lost half of what I had left, and
that still lasted me several years. The problem is that we by ourselves, and
everyone buys them for us. We really don’t need them.
1: A fancy notebook: Just stop. Step away from the leather
bound notebook. It’s expensive and we really aren’t going to use it. There’s
some strange combination of already having way too many notebooks we aren’t using
and a general reverence for nice books that makes it impossible to mark one. If
you’re set on the idea, then go to the juvenile section, pick us up something
with, like, Harry Potter stuff on it, or Katniss Everdeen. Something nerdy is
always good—we wont’ feel so bad wrecking it.
War doesn’t exist without victims. A whole lot of victims.
Victims you don’t even necessarily think of. We all know that soldiers are
going to die. But how about the victims like the forest? Cutting down trees for
supplies. Or the homes that get ransacked by soldiers that need some place to
In war, nobody and nothing can go unaffected. If you’ve
heard about a war, it’s going to affect you, Maybe not in any serious way, but
that war is going to affect you. And so often, writers forget about that. The emotional,
spiritual, financial implications of a war.
Have an answer? My bet is that most everyone came up with
Either The Rocky Horror Picture Show (or The Rocky Horror Show) or Repo! The
Now, how many people would actually think of science fiction
and a musical together, in one beast? Not a lot of people. It’s a great idea,
but it’s…well, it’s not the kind of thing that you expect, to be honest.
Well, I make it a point to track down sci-fi musicals. Why?
Because I love Rocky Horror and Repo. I love sci-fi. I love musicals. And do
you know why they work? It’s because they are just a little to the left. They
work because they are not the norm. I mean, if everyone did sci-fi musicals, I
don’t honestly think that Repo would be nearly as big as it is. It would still
be a good movie, but it wouldn’t have the same following, I don’t think, if
there were two dozen other sci-fi musicals out there with full, huge, Hollywood
style budgets. It would be just a low quality movie, I’m afraid. Maybe *gasp*
the same fate would befall Rocky Horror, too. Not as likely.
So, when you can, if you’re looking for something new, look
for something unexpected, something without many other examples. They tend to
have something going for them, a certain exuberance that mainstream cinema has
a nasty tendency to edit out.
In my search, I now turn to you: any sci-fi musicals I
absolutely must see?