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Storme Smith’s 7 of the Best

Written by Storme Smith The Sketch-Book by Washington Irving One of two books I remember being given me by my Grandfather with instructions to read. A collection of Irving’s short stories including Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow that showcased a narrative brilliance similar to modern writers Stephen King and Ray Bradbury. A master storyteller, Irving was …

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Dan Abnett’s 7 of the Best

  Written by Dan Abnett Dark Star Made on a shoestring, but endlessly inventive, exhilarating and down right funny. An early work by the gifted Dan O’Bannon, and probably the first thing that showed an impressionable young me that SF could be funny without being an outright comedy (a notion that undoubtedly served me well later on Guardians of the …

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Rob Lane’s 7 of the Best

Written by Rob Lane Bernard Cornwell – The Saxon Stories + The Last Kingdom (TV series) Bernard Cornwell is my favourite author and Uhtred Uhtredson is my favourite fictional character of all time. From the very first paragraph that I read in a bookshop, Uhtred had me hooked into his beliefs, his attitude, his strength, his insults, his authority and …

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LCARS UI is Highly Logical Captain

I’ve heard and read about how much Jules Verne predicted future science with his novels. Reading them after the fact, gives that impression. The truth though, is that he inspired the march of science. It isn’t so much that he predicted a space launch from Florida as it is that the many scientists he inspired with his work launched from …

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Rolling With Stranger Things

Okay, I’m a bit behind. I don’t have Netflix, a situation I changed for a month when I saw Frank Mentzer offered to run the Stranger Things cast through a D&D game with his edition of the books, which appeared in the series. Just to recap, Stranger Things is a Netflix series of eight episodes set in 1983 with a …

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EMBRACING THE LAST KINGDOM

Filming of THE LAST KINGDOM S02 is underway, with an airing on Netflix (in the United States) scheduled for 2017. The tale is set in England during the 9th century AD; adapted from Bernard Cornwell novels (originally collectively known as The Warrior Chronicles, or The Saxon Stories, and now collectively known as The Last Kingdom.)  For all of the success …

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Very Tiny Amusements: Game of Thrones Character Arc Generator

For the inaugural edition of “Very Tiny Amusements” I will introduce incredibly small pieces of art-like analog gaming product. In today’s I present to you the Game of Thrones Character Arc Generator by John Atkinson of the Wrong Hands web comic. It is a fun little micro mini-game poking good natured fun at that hungry attention devouring beast we all love; …

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Turn A Gundam: Mecha meets Steam

Turn A Gundam: Mecha meets Steam Not many people think ‘Steampunk’ when they think Gundam. The two genres don’t even seem to go together. This didn’t stop the creator of Gundam, Yoshiyuki Tomino, from giving fans a new twist on Gundam in his 1999’s series ‘Turn A Gundam’. This steampunk meets giant mobile suit series delivers something cool for fans …

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Write Gallifreyan Like a Time Lord

Those complex circles that look like a map of time aren’t just pretty decor. Gallifreyan, is the written language of Time Lords and now thanks to Loren Sherman of Sherman’s Planet, we all can write like we have two hearts. An effort that began with Who fans was tweaked and modified by Loren in order to make it into a …