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 […]

Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky

– By J.W. Fox – Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Children of Time is a smart, detailed hard science fiction story akin to Vernor Vinge’s A Fire Upon the Deep or Charles Stross’s Glasshouse. Like those classics, this 2016 Arthur C. Clarke Award winner contains some of the best world-building around. It is brilliantly crafted with just enough […]

Incorporated: Thrilling Dystopian Drama or Progressive Propaganda?

– By J. W. Fox – Matt Damon and Ben Affleck joined forces once again, this time to create a dystopian drama about inequality, climate change, and corporations. The aptly named Incorporated premiered on Syfy to generally positive reviews. No stranger to social science fiction, it is obvious why Matt Damon came on board as […]

Stranger Things is Awesome, Nostalgic Trip back to 80s Sci-Fi/Horror

– By Paulie Spiceflow – *** Warning: Season 1 Spoilers Follow *** Once again, I am behind on some pretty awesome television. It wasn’t until last week I started the Netflix original series Stranger Things and saw what everyone has been raving about. The sci-fi horror kept me captivated through almost every minute of every […]

The Last Girl by Joe Hart

– By J.W. Fox – The highly touted novel The Last Girl has been on my to-read list for a while but always got bumped back. YA dystopias are on the wane and it seemed Joe Hart’s new novel was just the latest in a long line of Hunger Games/Divergent copycats. Sadly, I was right. […]

Westworld Impressing Audience Despite Slow Pace

– By Paulie Spiceflow – *** Spoiler Alert: Westworld Episodes 1-4 *** Until recently, most of us were not familiar with the Michael Crichton film Westworld. Creators Jonathan Nolan (wrote the screenplay to The Dark Knight and Interstellar) and Lisa Joy decided to reboot the 1973 film, transforming it into an HBO drama. The highly […]