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

Death Mines of Mars

For Chuck Lancaster, Captain of the GoldStarr Mining Company rocketship Isis, dinnertime in space was a dismal prospect, at best. Oh, sure, food cubes made one’s belly feel full and provided all the necessary vitamins and nutrients a body needed for a lengthy outer space voyage, but every time he took a bite out of one, he found himself pining for the comforts of home … Continue reading Death Mines of Mars

Somebody’s gotta feel this

Back in the (very) early 2000’s, I read an interview with Kid Rock in Spin Magazine. He was talking about the success of his 1998 breakout album “Devil Without a Cause,” and how he’d approached writing the lyrics to that album with the mindset that he was already a multi-platinum megastar, even though he’d only enjoyed moderate regional/underground success up to that point. Throughout the … Continue reading Somebody’s gotta feel this

My escape, your escape

Effugium, which is Latin for “escape,” was the name of a space vessel constructed in the early years of the twenty-first century by eccentric tech mogul and cult leader Richard “The Prophet” Kryuss, founder of Krytech Industries. After a mysterious force announced its intent to remove all human life from Earth within ten years’ time, Kryuss funded the Effugium project with his own money, for … Continue reading My escape, your escape

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?”