Marko Kloos, the undisputed king of military science fiction

I first heard about Marko Kloos when his novel Lines of Departure was nominated for a Hugo award in 2015. For whatever reason, his book was included on a slate of titles put together by the right-leaning group of fans who called themselves the Sad Puppies. Their goal was to take over Worldcon, the organization whose members …

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Why don’t our Chinese economic overlords like our ‘Star Wars’ movies?

I just read that the newest Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi, is no longer available in China. It’s been pulled out of theaters. The reason? The Chinese just don’t like Star Wars. This fact makes me sad on many fronts. For one thing, China owns most of our national debt, so that means they’re our economic bosses. …

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Why is the novel of ‘The Last Jedi’ taking so long to publish?

The novel version of Star Wars: The Last Jedi doesn’t hit bookstores until March 6. That’s nearly two months from now. I don’t get it that. When Star Wars first came out in 1977, the novel version hit bookstores before the movie hit the theaters. I know this because this is how I first consumed the …

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John Scalzi blames writing problems on Donald Trump

Hugo award-winning writer John Scalzi shared in a blog post that he has a bit of writer’s block. He is currently working on Head On, a novel coming out next year. He’s having a hard time getting the words out. Luckily, he’s figured out the problem: Donald Trump. From his post: I’m not trying to be …

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New ‘Doctor Who’ Time Lord is a woman

Doctor Who‘s 13th Time Lord will be played by Jodie Whittaker, a woman. Until now, every other actor playing the Doctor in Doctor Who has been played by a man. I don’t really have a strong feeling about making the Doctor a woman. Not really. I’m been on a break from Doctor Who ever since Matt …

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A Darth Vader helmet fit for Donald Trump

There’s no denying our Commander in Chief has a weird fascination with gold. That’s why this Darth Vader helmet would be perfect for him. It’s made from 24-karat gold and weighs a whopping 33 pounds. If he wants it, he’ll need to go to Ginza Tanaka in Tokyo on May 4 and fork over $1.4 …

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