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Category Archives: Fancies
1 It was not the being dead that I minded, it was the hours. No one ever calls me up during the day, and most people decide to wait until after midnight, for some reason. I am a morning person, … Continue reading
There is also a game I am playing, which my best friend Mark is running. Yes, it is a STAR WARS EDGE OF THE EMPIRE game. What is it like to have a published and professional science fiction author as … Continue reading
Indeed, I still play role playing games. I usually invent my own dice mechanics for each game I run, based roughly on the Chaosium system. I find using percentile dice is intuitive: I have a grasp of what 75% means, … Continue reading
A reader asks if I still play Role Playing games. Indeed I do. Let me count the ways. This will take more than one post. Let me here mention the rpg’s I have played in the past which influenced my … Continue reading
A reader has a question about AWAKE IN THE NIGHT: Mr Wright, I’m having a little trouble visualizing the Diskos. Sometimes I see it as a lance with a cone shaped spinning shaft or blade and sometimes as an ax … Continue reading
After posting a number of pictures of eye-candy, I should also show you some pictures which excite me even more.
Many criticisms can be leveled against Aronofsky’s recent antibilical film, NOAH. One which I thought at first was unfair was those who said God was absent from the film. I thought the criticism absurd. While He is not called ‘God’, … Continue reading
I have not had time yet to reply to Mr Greydanus’ thoughtful rebuttal to some of the claims I made in my review of NOAH, but with so many wise and literate fellows replying for me, I may have no … Continue reading
Steven Greydanus, a film reviewer I respect above all others in the world, has done me the honor of asking my opinion of the movie NOAH and offering his own in return. He also asked a number of pointed questions … Continue reading
I came across this quote by Robert Heinlein, the Dean of Science Fiction. “The future is better than the past. Despite the crepehangers, romanticists, and anti-intellectuals, the world steadily grows better because the human mind, applying itself to environment, makes … Continue reading
For those of you that might have heard a rumor of this and were curious, here is my movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8r1Z5RjuB78 It is ‘mine’ only in the rather limited sense that my friend Kurt Inderbitzen (the executive producer) asked me for … Continue reading
A short story by a non-anonymous contributor: no writer, not even the accomplished Mike Flynn, can draw deep water from a shallow pond. Moonlight flashed off the still surface of the pond where the OFloinn stood hesitantly with the wooden … Continue reading
Let no one be deceived by my last essay into thinking I have less than great respect for the fiction writing of Michael Moorcock. It is the essays of Michael Moorcock I despise. There are several Moorcock books I like, … Continue reading
A reader named Paul LaMontagne draws our attention to a simply excellent book of essays by Tom Simon. Here I reprint Mr LaMontagne’s comment in full, as this is the best way I can imagine to have my readers rush … Continue reading
As an apt follow up to our last topic, this is but a brief but telling quote from Michael Moorcock concerning Professor Tolkien: Like Chesterton, and other orthodox Christian writers who substituted Faith for artistic rigour he [Tolkien] sees the … Continue reading
It is with the same disquiet that one might feel stepping into a cold morgue, where a body killed after continuous pain from some deadly nerve gas he inhaled on purpose might be seen laying on a steel slab, to … Continue reading
I met James Stoddart exactly once, at the convention when he was presented with the Crompton Crook award for excellence in fantasy, his book The High House. I have never met a more charming and unassuming man, one with whom … Continue reading
A reader with the everpresent moniker of ‘Ubiquitous’ asks: You made the observation yourself in The Golden Age, as did Asimov whenever he used them, that the Asimovian rules as we have them wouldn’t work. What Asimovian rules would you … Continue reading
Some readers may be interested in a peek behind the curtain. Here is a excerpt from my notes for my most recent project, the ‘Count to the Eschaton Sequence’ which starts with the book COUNT TO A TRILLION. It is … Continue reading
I am spending the evening, as every good science fiction writer should, creating and destroying planets. In my imaginary future history, from AD 11000 to roughly AD 65500, five great Diasporas are inflicted upon the earth, and the eleven or … Continue reading
This is among the best movie, if not THE best I have ever seen. The critics panned it, no one went to see it, and it is already gone from the theaters. What went wrong?
This is a difficult review to write, perhaps impossible, because the very act of saying anything about this movie runs the risk of decreasing your odds of enjoying it as it was meant to be enjoyed. Even praising it as … Continue reading
Someone asked me what was the sense of wonder of which so many science fiction readers speak and so many science fiction writers attempt to capture. Its a question that requires a long essay to answer adequately, so I will … Continue reading
This is a reprint of my review, which I posted to Amazon.com, of Ted Chiang’s STORY OF YOUR LIFE AND OTHERS. It was written a few years ago, back when I was an atheist: (WARNING! I am a science-fiction writer … Continue reading