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Pay No Attention to that Man Behind the Curtain

Posted December 18, 2014 By John C Wright

A reader with the inattentive yet fraternally equine name of Distracted Brony asks: One thing I’m curious about. Do you have any, how to say this… infrastructure for your writing? Like, notebooks with scientific facts you often need to refer to, half-formed plot ideas, or personal notes on how to write a given character or […]

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Radioactive Dinosaurs & Writing as Fishing

Posted December 17, 2014 By John C Wright

A reader writes in with two unrelated questions:  In your opinion, what is the best Godzilla movie? I love questions, silly or serious. Every question is a little doorway into the walled garden of truth, big or small. I have several Godzilla flicks that I like. What lawyer does not like Godzilla movies? All the […]

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Defending Lovecraft (S.T. Joshi replies to Charles Baxter)

Posted December 15, 2014 By John C Wright

This column was brought to my attention by Larry Correia, and I wish to pass the favor on to my readers. Mr Correia in his column was responding, in his incounterfeitable style, to Grimi Wormtongue, son of Gálmód, who, writing for the British printed matter called Guardian, we find busily if frenetically savaging HP Lovecraft […]

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Supermanity and Dehumanity (Complete)

Posted December 13, 2014 By John C Wright

This is one of my longer and older essays on a topic very near and dear to my heart, from 2010, which I reprint for the benefit of any newer readers. I note with considerable satisfaction that there have been more examples in the cinema of comic book or science fiction films since this writing […]

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The Martian by Andy Weir — Short Review

Posted December 10, 2014 By John C Wright

Simply the best novel I have read all year, and easily the best Hard SF novel I’ve read in five years, maybe ten. The science is harder than rock hard: it is diamond hard, so much so that I am unable to detect if he made anything up. In days to come, I hope to […]

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A Last Comment on INTERSTELLAR

Posted December 8, 2014 By John C Wright

When I saw this film, I honestly thought it had found that long-sought point of maximum overlap for all audiences, Leftwing and Rightwing, Science Fictioneers and Muggles, Faithful and Infidel, carefully crafted to put across its message of hopeless hope and the brightness of love in the darkest of worlds in a way that everyone […]

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An Open Letter to the Theo Scoffers of INTERSTELLAR

Posted December 7, 2014 By John C Wright

Dear people, and you know who you are, who have written the complaint about the film INTERSTELLAR: You say that because Cooper, in the final climatic scene, speculates that the mysterious powers from the fifth dimension who saved his life and, working through him, saved the human race in the movie, are the remote descendants […]

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An Open Letter to the Sci Scoffer of INTERSTELLAR

Posted December 6, 2014 By John C Wright

Dear everyone attempting vainly to find some scientific errors in the recent science fiction masterpiece INTERSTELLAR, I have two words: go pound sand. Now, technically speaking, that is three words, not two, but the accuracy of my count is about the same as the average scientific accuracy in such critiques. But, first, before I tell […]

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Interstellar

Posted December 1, 2014 By John C Wright

Directed by Christopher Nolan; Written by Jonathan & Christopher Nolan; and starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine Mackenzie Foy, Jessica Chastain. INTERSTELLAR by Chris Nolan is certainly the best science fiction film, and is equal to the best films of any genre, I have ever seen. I would list SEVEN SAMURAI by Akira Kurwasawa […]

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Idle Thoughts

Posted November 28, 2014 By John C Wright

The fine folks at Apex & Abyss, Magazine of Speculative Fiction, just published my short story ‘Idle Thoughts’ which is a tale of telepathy and retaliation and justice and murder and why boys never call girls who call boys. You can see it here: http://www.abyssapexzine.com/2014/09/idle-thoughts/ The opening goes like this: I’m sorry that I smiled at him […]

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