What does the world’s greatest video game designer do when he amasses a large fortune, builds a technological legacy, and has no heirs to leave it to? Create a video game contest, of course! Ready Player One by Ernest Cline sets the standard in using geek nostalgia to write a fun and engaging story.
It’s rare for a film to find the right balance between science fiction and absolute fun. Seems like it happens once in a generation. In 1997, Men in Black showed audiences that fun mixed with science fiction can work on the big screen. Men in Black 3 continues that tradition.
Take one part Swingers, two parts Clerks, add a plethora of sci-fi references and you have 1998’s Free Enterprise, a funny, witty comedy starring Eric McCormick, Rafer Weigel and William Shatner. Free Enterprise is the story of best friends Mark (played by McCormick) and Robert (played by Weigel) who are struggling to break into the [...]
If there’s one type of story I love, it’s the type of story where the author is brutally honest with themselves, and is unafraid to speak their mind and to show their emotions whether they are good or bad. Wil Wheaton’s autobiography, Just a Geek: Unflinchingly honest tales of the search for life, love, and [...]
There was something very familiar in TNT’s pilot Falling Skies, the new epic summer blockbuster sci-fi adventure series starring Noah Wyle. Was it the alien invasion that destroyed humanity’s way of life? Was it the advanced alien race that is enslaving humans? Was it the band of people bonded together by fate who have taken [...]
Being a child of the 80s, I was fascinated with video games. Even if I didn’t have any money, I always found my way to the arcade. I was lucky enough to own an Atari 2600, and as time progressed, so did my gaming systems. As I got older, I started straying away from video [...]
On the heals of Amandatron3000’s post on BBC’s extermination of the Daleks, I give you another example of Dalek over-use in the hardback graphic novel Doctor Who: The Only Good Dalek. While I feel graphic novels can be used to expand and explore the vastness that is the Doctor Who universe, The Only Good Dalek falls [...]
Originally released in 1993, this classic urban gothic tale of tragedy and revenge came from a personal loss of artist/writer/creator James O’Barr. The Crow graphic novel is an intense arrangement of art, lyrical verse, anger, sadness and a story that is not meant to be entertaining, yet is satisfying to read.
Harlan Ellison’s graphic novel Phoenix Without Ashes is a story that grabs you by the collar and and wastes no time shoving you into the fray. Ellison pulls no punches in his first comic in fifteen years.