Monday, July 23, 2018

Silver Empire Announces: Heroes Unleashed!

Today, the fine folks at Silver Empire announced their latest project- "A massive foray into the world of superheroes. Heroes Unleashed is a multi-author, shared-universe superhero world launching this fall ​from award nominated and critically acclaimed authors."

They're kicking things off in style, too.

He wanted to be a good man. Instead he became a hero. ​
Imagine Serenity City, a ​beachfront city​ on the east coast. For years, the city has been protected by the Triumvirate - three of the most powerful, and certainly the most famous, heroes in the world. Achilles with his super strength. His wife, The Banshee, master of deception and guile. And their best friend Pendragon in his shining armor. No serious threat lasts long in Serenity City under their watch!
Until the Rampage - the infamous day when Achilles lost his mind, leaving a half-destroyed city and the body of the Banshee in his wake.
Twenty years later, Serenity City is completely changed. Pendragon still reigns as the world's most famous hero, but he reigns alone. Banshee still lies in her grave, and Achilles rots in solitary confinement. Young Victoria, an up and coming hero, finds herself investigating a new mystery. Why are young and forgotten heroes disappearing off the streets? Why doesn't anybody else care? And how is it tied in to those infamous events that brought the city's greatest heroes to ruin?
And when Achilles escapes, it throws a wrench in everything!
But nothing is as it seems in Serenity City: Heroes Fall by ​Morgon Newquist, kicking off Heroes Unleashed this fall.
Morgon was the editor on the Paragons anthology from Silver Empire, and also a contributor. I got to take a sneak peek at her first Serenity City novel and you will not want to miss out on this one.
Visit the Heroes Unleashed website for more details and stay tuned!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Lost in A Series of Unfortunate Events- Episode 4: The Robinsons Were Here



Netflix re-imagines the legendary 60's sci-fi series of the same name.

Rather than deluge you with a rapid-fire reconnaissance flight take on the show, I thought I'd try  something a little different and take things episode by episode.

This level of detail will involve heavy spoilers for each episode. [Danger Pun Goes Here].

Friday, April 27, 2018

Lost in a Series of Unfortunate Events- Episode 3: Infestation



Netflix re-imagines the legendary 60's sci-fi series of the same name.

Rather than deluge you with a rapid-fire reconnaissance flight take on the show, I thought I'd try  something a little different and take things episode by episode.

This level of detail will involve heavy spoilers for each episode. [Danger Pun Goes Here].

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Infinity War Giveaway!




The good folks at Silver Empire are sponsoring an incredible prize pack give away!

From the announcement:

Prizes include: an original 1994 print run of The Infinity Gauntlet limited series comicbooks in near-mint condition, Marvel Legends Series Electronically Articulated Infinity Gauntlet, your choice of Avengers character t-shirts in your size, Marvel’s The Avengers in Blu-Ray or DVD (your choice), Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron in Blu-Ray or DVD (your choice), and a $25 Fandango gift card so that you can get your own tickets for Infinity War!



The comics alone are worth the price of entry. Check out the link and throw your name in the hat!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Lost in A Series of Unfortunate Event- Episode 2: Diamonds in the Sky



This time in our episode-by-episode synopsis/reviews: Han Solo and This Planet is Cursed!

This level of detail will involve heavy spoilers for each episode. [Danger Pun Goes Here].

Monday, April 16, 2018

Lost In A Series of Unfortunate Events- Episode 1: Impact



Netflix re-imagines the legendary 60's sci-fi series of the same name. 

Rather than deluge you with a rapid-fire reconnaissance flight take on the show, I thought I'd try  something a little different and take things episode by episode.

This level of detail will involve heavy spoilers for each episode. [Danger Pun Goes Here].

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Marvel's Black Panther


Finally got to go see this last week. Here are some thoughts on the biggest movie of 2018 (so far).

[Heavy Spoilers in the Screenplay section]

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Secret Stairs



There they stand, surrounded by nothing but forest, pristine as the day they were built. No sign remains of any other structure around them, no ruins of long forgotten buildings. They look... wrong. They feel wrong. Bad things happen if you get too close. Horrible things.

You must never, ever ever talk about them.

Thirty-four of today's best up and coming writers provide wonderfully unique interpretations inspired by the urban legends of the Internet age. Tales range from science fiction to fantasy, horror to mystery, and one writer even penned a romance!


But you must never tell anyone about the stairs!


I am very pleased to announce that my short story, The Sentinel, was chosen for inclusion in this anthology. 

Secret Stairs will be on sale from today until March 10th for only $0.99!  Get yours at Amazon or Goodreads!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Netflix's Altered Carbon



I watched the first episode of this show. I won't be watching any more.

For the analysis, I refer you to the inimitable Daddy Warpig:

"Netflix’s new Cyberpunk-Noir series (because what Cyberpunk needed was even MORE cynicism and venality), based on the 2002 book of the same name by Richard K. Morgan, is ten hours of the worst humanity has to offer. Literally. The very worst. The series is more violent, uglier, and more all-around depraved than HBO’s A Game of Thrones. Watching it leaves you feeling filthy inside, like your soul itself needs a good, hot shower."

There's more at the link.

Watching this first episode reminded me of a C. S. Lewis quote:

It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree helping each other to one or the other of these destinations. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all of our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations — these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit — immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.- The Weight of Glory

I've covered before how hope is what's missing from many of the stories of our modern day. Altered Carbon proves the point eloquently. 

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Update on the Unplug and Some New Plugs

Turns out I'm not dead, just really busy. The post-Christmas season has been one thing after another for me, but it seems to be calming down.

In the odd five or ten minute break, however, I have found some fun entertainment.

First, Larry Correia has these two posts over at his blog about his experiments in creating a fast paced, simple table top game based on Gritty Cop Shows.

The recaps were incredibly fun (more so for me since I've actually seen Heat and am a big fan of cop procedurals and crime dramas). I so want to play this game.

Second, I stumbled across the You Tube channel for Spacedock. From the channel: "A series where we look at the specifications, history and lore of fictional spacecraft from science fiction. Any Spacecraft, any Sci-Fi."

The videos are usually short, running 5 to 10 minutes, but new videos are posted often and there are plenty of them. I've enjoyed listening to the breakdowns there, especially getting a peak at franchises I'm not as familiar with, like The Expanse.

If that weren't enough, the host of Spacedock has a longer form podcast called Subspace that has just begun.

Go check those out and check back here soon for some exciting news!