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  • Dune: Will the Audience Get Lost in the Sands of Time?

    April 22, 2022 by

    Denis Villeneuve has boldly approached the immense task of bringing Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel to the screen by dividing it into two parts, the first of which is already long at roughly 2.5 hours. Splitting a book into two movies worked well for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows because it was the final installment,… Read more

  • Can a solid Foundation lead to a weak first story?

    December 19, 2021 by

    Yes, it can and it did. When the Apple TV series Foundation began streaming this past September, Gizmodo ran Rob Bricken’s review titled “They Said Foundation Couldn’t Be Filmed, And It Still Hasn’t Been”. He concluded that the TV series created by David Goyer (who wrote the Blade trilogy, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight,… Read more

  • Mars Hoopla: Manifest Destiny in Outer Space?

    July 16, 2021 by

    About a year ago, I wrote to a friend who is part Iroquois and mentioned that a lot of syfy stories (novels, films, TV series, etc.) are rooted in the notion that earthlings will (or long ago did) colonize the galaxy, or even further. It suddenly dawned on me that Manifest Destiny had reached into… Read more

  • Quentin Tarantino: Alternate History? or Parallel World?

    December 27, 2020 by

    Let’s begin by looking at Ray Bradbury’s story “A Sound of Thunder” which was first published in 1952, a few days after I was born. In the year 2055, time travel to the past is available as a form of big game hunting. To ensure that killing a dinosaur doesn’t change history, the guide researches… Read more

  • The Garden of Forking Paths: A Loop of Redemption?

    March 5, 2020 by is a free online copy of Jorge Luis Borges’ translated collection Labyrinths, published in augmented form in 1964, but “The Garden of Forking Paths” was initially published by translator Donald Yates as a story in 1958. Summary: Dr. Yu Tsun, formerly a professor of English at the German college in Tsingtao, resides in England… Read more

  • Is the Star Trek Reboot Racist?

    November 28, 2019 by

    Star Trek: The Original Series (TOS) first aired on NBC in September 1966. It has been praised as an exemplar of our multicultural future for more than half a century. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a fan and personally convinced Nichelle Nichols not to leave the cast after her first season of playing Lt.… Read more

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