Would have been funnier if they had gotten Martin himself for the skit. The guy is a pure media hound - loves the attention and the spotlight and there's no doubt in my mind he would have accepted in a hot second. And more power to him too, so few fantasy/SF writers enjoy the public attention they truly deserve. » 4/06/14 1:22pm 4/06/14 1:22pm

This idea that we can now fight wars from cubicles, that the damage we inflict on our enemies is no more real to the solider inflicting it than watching CGI enemies disappear from a computer screen, that we can wage wars that devastate other nations and cultures but require no real sacrifice from our side...that just… » 4/03/14 9:56am 4/03/14 9:56am

I was recently operated on by a surgical robot. Prior to the surgery I asked my physician to be straight with me - what were the chances of the surgery bot becoming self aware during the procedure and starting the robot enslavement of humanity with yours truly? He smiled and said think of it more like the mech suit… » 3/24/14 8:24am 3/24/14 8:24am

We're trying to set up a kind of situation where you really could — and not in just an 'everything's relative' sort of moral relativism — you could be a good person of any creed or philosophical background and come down on both sides of how you should respond to this opportunity that the crew has.... that also has some … » 3/21/14 7:14am 3/21/14 7:14am

This reeks of shark-jumping, adding an instantly recognizable personality in a vain attempt to shore up a crumbling fan base. Instead of resolving issues with tired, police procedural writing and scripts, they think adding a geek-personality will resolve their problems. This never works. » 3/21/14 7:05am 3/21/14 7:05am

Hide and Creep did not infect Leeds, AL - it was Thorsby, AL. Well, at least that's where it was filmed. Not that anyone cares really but Thorsby deserves some infected love. And yes, it was named after the Norse god Thor (settled by Norwegian immigrants in the early 20th). » 3/19/14 3:01pm 3/19/14 3:01pm

I agree, at the time it was an incredible trailer. It not only meant that we were going to get to see the original films on the big screen again but that new films were on the way. Star Wars was back in a HUGE way and for those up that grew up in the 70's and 80's, this was mind-blowing. » 3/19/14 11:25am 3/19/14 11:25am

You will never appreciate how much violence and power it takes to achieve escape velocity until you've witnessed a night launch. Was lucky enough to support a computer network for a business that had a location in Titusville, FL so I scheduled a trip down there to coincide with one of the last shuttle night launches. I … » 3/18/14 12:19pm 3/18/14 12:19pm

I recall watching 2001 for the first time on a 62" plasma with Dolby surround sound. That scene on the moon when they encounter the monolith, those screaming, moaning choral voices...still brings up goose bumps just think about it. You are so right - the full 2001 experience is as much about feeling those sounds and… » 3/17/14 1:41pm 3/17/14 1:41pm

So if your SF/Fantasy franchise features a book that you love and a film that you hate (Earthsea, Dune, Ender's Game), go with what you love? What if you hate the film so much it skews your ability to objectively decide? Am I applying too much thought to this exercise? » 3/14/14 11:26am 3/14/14 11:26am