Fantastic Planet(1973)

H.R. Geiger’s design work for Alien aside, there is no film that better conveys a sense of the otherworldly than 1973’s French animated classic La Planete Sauvage, or, as it was released in America, Fantastic Planet. It’s about a strange world populated by blue-skinned creatures who view humans, or “Oms,” as pets at best, and a pestilence at worst. When I say “strange world,” I … Continue reading Fantastic Planet(1973)

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Effugium, Exsilium, Anshar and beyond

Effugium Eccentric tech mogul and cult leader Richard Kryuss has developed a system of storing and transmitting data organically, via trees containing within their DNA the entirety of recorded human knowledge. Could his Terrestrially Regenerative Enhanced Extranet, or T.R.E.E., be a boon to mankind, or will it spell doom for the human race? Exsilium In this eagerly-anticipated followup to last year’s “Effugium: The Time Remaining,” … Continue reading Effugium, Exsilium, Anshar and beyond

Delicacies

A selection from Moon Garden Copyright © 2019 Patrick Walts All Rights Reserved “Humans.”  Gax wrinkled his proboscis in disgust.  “Always traipsing about the galaxy with such reckless abandon, doing as they please without repercussion.” Kanak gurgled his agreement, his antennae twitching in annoyance. “They won’t stop until they’ve polluted the entire universe,” Gax continued.  “Do you know what they call it when they colonize … Continue reading Delicacies

Signals

When they finally came, it was in a giant flying saucer, just like in the movies. People in bathrobes stepped out of their front doors to collect their morning papers from their driveways and looked up to see its underside obscuring the sun–just like in the movies. The aliens themselves were your traditional garden-variety greys of B-movie and conspiracy nut fame, giving the latter a … Continue reading Signals

My-Fi

I don’t know how to write sci-fi the way that people tell you you’re supposed to write it. Fortunately, there’s no one correct way to do anything, so it’s not a concern to me. I feel comfortable writing within the universe established in Effugium and Anshar, because it represents a vast playground of unlimited possibilities. It provides me an escape, and when it provides readers … Continue reading My-Fi