A Fiery Reckoning Indiegogo Post-Op Thoughts

With the conclusion of my second crowdfunding campaign, it’s time for some quick evaluation of lessons learned. Learning from everything, successes and failures, is how one gets better at anything, after all. So, let’s look at what went right with the A Fiery Reckoning campaign first. Most obvious positives are the fact that I endedContinue reading “A Fiery Reckoning Indiegogo Post-Op Thoughts”

Some of the Failings of the Star Wars EU (Pre-Disney), and How to Avoid Making the Same Mistakes

I’m going to preface this by saying that, despite the flaws I’m about to expound upon, the old Star Wars EU is vastly better than what we have as Disney canon now. Just wanted to make that clear. That said, the old EU was very much a mixed bag, and made a fair number ofContinue reading “Some of the Failings of the Star Wars EU (Pre-Disney), and How to Avoid Making the Same Mistakes”

Reclaiming “Strong Female Characters” in Science Fiction

There has been a lot of talk, and a lot of criticism about, a recently release Star Wars: Galaxy of Adventures animated short. This particular episode is basically a fawning tribute to Princess Leia, with a focus on the scenes in the Death Star in A New Hope. I’m not going to detail every singleContinue reading “Reclaiming “Strong Female Characters” in Science Fiction”

Galaxy Ascendant 3 Map Reveal

When someone thinks of maps in speculative fiction books, the mind always goes first to the fantasy genre, and the city/country/continent/world maps that go along with it. I love those maps, and my recently released epic fantasy novel, The Dragon Hand, featured one such map. However, science fiction stories can make good use of maps asContinue reading “Galaxy Ascendant 3 Map Reveal”

Star Wars is Dead: Long Live the Galaxy Ascendant!

I don’t recall where I first heard the statement that in Hollywood, people fail upward, but it’s especially appropriate given the recent news that Kathleen Kennedy’s contract with Lucasfilm has been extended by three years—despite the sorry state of what was formerly one of the most powerful, sure-fire franchises in existence. Under her tenure, TheContinue reading “Star Wars is Dead: Long Live the Galaxy Ascendant!”

Fiction Must Be Designed to Entertain, and You Must Support Those on Your Side

A couple quick posts I want to spotlight and discuss a bit, as I have some time to actually write a blog post this week. First, is a post from back in December, by Bradford C. Walker, (yes, I’m behind on things; being in the army here in Israel does that) on something that oughtContinue reading “Fiction Must Be Designed to Entertain, and You Must Support Those on Your Side”

No, Do Not “Let the Past Die”

As those who follow me on Twitter and have watched my recent periscope know, I have a great many problems with Star Wars: The Last Jedi. That said, pretty much every criticism worth making has been voiced by others, and I unfortunately don’t have time for a full-length review; however, I had to comment on oneContinue reading “No, Do Not “Let the Past Die””

Women in Star Wars: Tor.com Misses the Mark–Again

I’ve been fairly open about the numerous issues I’ve had with modern Star Wars. While I will continue to give The Force Awakens the benefit of the doubt (for overall quality) until I see where The Last Jedi takes the series, I cannot ignore the major problems that have become more and more visible, especially in Rogue One. The twoContinue reading “Women in Star Wars: Tor.com Misses the Mark–Again”

Modern Star Trek, Star Wars, and the Problem of Creativity

I’m pleased to share the fact that I have a new guest post up on the prestigious Castalia House blog, on the topic of modern Star Trek, Star Wars, and their creative problems. Check it out over on the Castalia House site!

Book Review: Star Wars: Thrawn, by Timothy Zahn

Those who follow me here and elsewhere will know that I haven’t pulled my punches when it comes to criticizing modern Star Wars. Problems range from a lack of creativity to Mary Sue characters, to diversity being the focus, to the apparent need to give literally EVERYTHING its own spin-off or backstory, even when totally unnecessary.Continue reading “Book Review: Star Wars: Thrawn, by Timothy Zahn”