Thoughtcrime 036: Star Trek Turns 50!

  It is the 50th anniversary of the series premiere of Star Trek the Original Series. I take some time to look back on the top franchise in the science fiction genre and what it has meant to me as a fan and as a writer. The epic space opera franchise holds a special place […]

Morgan

– By J.W. Fox – Morgan sports a talented cast plus the backing of sci-fi legend Ridley Scott (credited as a producer), yet its writer/director team are a pair of relative newbies. Director Luke Scott and Writer Seth W. Owen must have some powerful friends to secure this kind of talent for their first major […]

Thoughtcrime 035: Motley Crews

  An episode celebrating the success of pirates, smugglers, mercenaries, and other criminal crews in winning over millions of fans. Notable motley crews include Guardians of the Galaxy, Firefly, Dark Matter, Star Wars: Rebels, and many many more. Springhole Tips for Writing En Semble Casts – http://www.springhole.net/writing/write-better-ensemble-casts.htm

Movie Trailers from Comicon 2016

– By Paulie Spiceflow – Here is a compilation of trailers that premiered at or just before Comicon 2016 in San Diego. This is not a complete list of all the trailers. There were a few I left off because I wasn’t sure they were speculative fiction, or they looked absolutely awful and uninteresting. Here […]

Thoughtcrime 031: Sequels and Prequels and Reboots Oh My!

I go solo on the one-year anniversary of Thoughtcrime to discuss sequels, prequels, reboots and why we will see less of them in the years ahead. Also, a quick review of the bomb of the year, Independence Day: Resurgence. I cover some possible changes to Thoughtcrime after a short summer break.

Midnight Special

– By J.W. Fox and Paulie Spiceflow – This low-key thriller was a welcome surprise after a line of underwhelming indie sci-fi movies reviewed here on Prescientscifi.com. Midnight Special manages to generate suspense with only a few special effects and action sequences, all of which are done very well. At the same time, it is […]

Approaching the Unknown

– Paulie Spiceflow – Indie movies have the potential to surprise and enthrall you. But most of the time, they are pretty awful. That is the case with Approaching the Unknown. While the previously reviewed movie Andron was a clear knockoff of Hunger Games and Maze Runner, Approaching the Unknown is a weak copy of […]

Andron

– Paulie Spiceflow – It is hard to understand what the people behind Andron were trying to accomplish. There are all sorts of cryptic lines, symbols, and some sort of hunger games in the middle of it all but nothing is clearly explained. Alec Baldwin and Danny Glover star in this low budget dystopian action […]

Thoughtcrime 027: Mary Sue/Marty Stu Character

  I go solo for this episode to discuss character development, and a common mistake many new authors make: creating a Mary Sue/Marty Stu character.