Never Mind the Journey, Modern Heroes Change World Through Inherited Power

  – By J.W. Fox – Joseph Campbell’s hero’s journey has influenced many hit movies and TV shows. Lately, it seems the journey in the hero’s journey isn’t that important. The hero is born with everything he needs. Campbell put great emphasis on the journey (obviously), breaking it down into 17 distinct stages loaded with […]

Clone Wars Helped Expand Star Wars Fan Base Among Millennials

– By J.W. Fox and Paulie Spiceflow – We are pretty late to the party. Star Wars: The Clone Wars premiered eight years ago. Hell, we already have a new Disney animated series that has taken its place. So why are we writing a post on it? Well, we are entering a new Star Wars […]

Thoughtcrime 029: X-Men Apocalypse and Coming Soon

I go solo to review X-Men: Apocalypse and also discuss the sci-fi movies coming later this year. I’m not optimistic, but there are some interesting TV shows in the pipeline. Could be an entertaining fall…

The Circuit: Progeny of Vale by Rhett C. Bruno

– By Jacob Foxx – The first novel in Rhett C. Bruno’s space opera, Executor Rising (read my review here), was Act I one of a much larger story. It laid the foundation and introduced the key players, but on its own was not a complete story. Like many serials in genre fiction, neither novel […]

Thoughtcrime 023: Batman vs. Superman

  Microsoft Matt and I review the highly anticipated Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Matt makes a strong, energetic case for the movie in the face of some tough reviews from critics, while I try to review from a non-comic book fan perspective. The fact that I’m a Batman fanatic also might be some […]

Speculative Fiction Continues to Tilt Toward Young Adult Readers

– By Jacob Foxx – If you’ve worked in a bookstore the past decade or two, you’ve probably noticed something strange going on in speculative fiction. Publishers are making bank on young adult titles, pushing aside traditional “high-brow” genre fiction. These novels sport younger protagonists, young adult themes, and bend more toward action and away […]

TC 018: How to Write Bad Science Fiction

  I go solo in this episode to go over the five ways to write an absolute dumpster fire of a novel. Drawing on my own experiences, input from editors and literary agents, and advice from other authors, I put together a good list of ways beginning sci-fi authors can fail, and how to avoid […]

TC 012: Mockingjay and Thoughts on Hunger Games Trilogy

I go solo to discuss The Hunger Games Trilogy and its ridiculous success. How did Suzanne Collins do it? How do I write a bestseller and make insane amounts of money? Also I reference several internet memes that might need some explanation.                           […]