Five albums that shaped my musical tastes

1. Queensrÿche: Rage For Order (1986) In 1990, Queensrÿche was riding high on a wave of popularity driven by their most commercially successful album to date, “Empire.” The hauntingly beautiful lead single, “Silent Lucidity,” and its FM radio omnipresence helped launch the album and its followup singles into the stratosphere, in much the same way the “Black Album” had recently made Metallica a household name. … Continue reading Five albums that shaped my musical tastes

I watched the new Twilight Zone last night

I liked it. I’m not one for posting lengthy academic analyses about things, because I’m incapable of that, but as a lifelong fan of the original and the ’80s reboot, as well as a great admirer of Serling’s, I found it worthy a worthy successor. It “felt like” the Twilight Zone, if that makes any sense. My wife enjoyed it as well, and now we … Continue reading I watched the new Twilight Zone last night

What is “science fiction?”

What is science fiction, exactly? Is it an all-encompassing term for any form of entertainment featuring aliens, futuristic technology, space travel and the like, or is it a genre defined by much stricter parameters? I’ve asked this question my entire life, and I’ve come to the conclusion that no one can offer a satisfactory answer. Dr. Beshero-Bondar, Associate Professor of English at the University of … Continue reading What is “science fiction?”