The Unidentified Adventures of Raymond A. Palmer

  One of my favorite films is Close Encounters of the Third Kind, directed by Steven Spielberg. While watching it recently, I realized something: I’ve never noticed a significant overlap between the science fiction community and the UFO community. Sure, there are science fiction stories about aliens invading Earth, and I’m sure that there are plenty… More The Unidentified Adventures of Raymond A. Palmer

Review: Pitbull: The Battle over an American Icon by Bronwen Dickey

I have to admit, I hesitated a bit when my wife first showed me a picture of Tiki on her computer screen. We had just gotten married, and were in the final stages of getting a house. A dog was something that we had talked about for quite a while, and we had gone through… More Review: Pitbull: The Battle over an American Icon by Bronwen Dickey

The Absurd Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut is one of those authors that I’ve continually missed over the years. For some reason, I never quite got around to reading Slaughterhouse-Five while in high school (or college), and I’ve missed his major novels as well. That said, one of the first science fiction stories that I ever read was ‘Harrison Bergeron’, which… More The Absurd Kurt Vonnegut

The West Wing Marathon

Every time we have a Presidential election, I find myself drawn back to a favorite show: The West Wing. I’ve found that it’s a nice reprieve from the ongoing presidential primaries, debates and mud-slinging, but I also find that I’ve been approaching the show in different ways each time. The first time I really sat… More The West Wing Marathon