Gustav Holst: the Grandfather of Heavy Metal and Star Wars

I’ve been a fan of both classical music and metal for most of my life. One of my favorite pieces is Gustav Holst’s The Planets, a seven-movement suite written between 1914 and 1916. The brilliant-in-itself score for 1977’s Star Wars was, at George Lucas’s request, practically an homage to it. Its first movement, Mars, Bringer of War also inspired the main riff for Black Sabbath’s … Continue reading Gustav Holst: the Grandfather of Heavy Metal and Star Wars

Effugium: Beginnings

I’ve just moved into a new house. I spent fourteen hours yesterday hauling the rest of my stuff from the old house, and in the back of my closet I discovered a six-page brainstorming session from my, eh… younger days that eventually became the short story With New Eyes. Years later, I discovered that said short story and my epistolary “Time Remaining” blog went together … Continue reading Effugium: Beginnings

Pay up, Disney !

I’ve recently been made aware that Disney is not paying Alan Dean Foster royalties for the still-in-print Star Wars novels he wrote prior to said company’s purchase of said franchise. You can read all about it right here. If you purport to be a “big fan” of Star Wars and don’t know who ADF is, stop embarrassing yourself and go familiarize yourself with his work. … Continue reading Pay up, Disney !

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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

Smallitics

It’s not as easy to hate someone when you realize that the object of your derision isn’t a one-note caricature, but a complex, multi-faceted human being just like you. That’s all I was trying to say with yesterday’s posts about empathy. That’s why propaganda during times of war sets out to dehumanize the enemy. It’s harder to pull the trigger when your target is a … Continue reading Smallitics

“Science Fantasy.”

I see this phrase employed often in reference to sci-fi that isn’t very sciencey. Usually Star Wars . Let’s break it down, though: “That’s not science fiction, it’s science fantasy.” Okay, so what you’re saying is that it’s not science-based or scientifically accurate, yet when you call it “science fantasy,” you’ve left the most important word, science, intact, and replaced the word “fiction,” with “fantasy,” … Continue reading “Science Fantasy.”