New Year’s Review: Wrapping Up 2021 & Spinning Stories in 2022

January 1, 2022: we woke to find a mildly venomous spider scuttling around the living room floor. Not the most auspicious omen for New Year’s Day, even in Australia! We were hoping for a break following the unexpected trials of 2021.  The year didn’t start off badly. After months of suitcase living in 2020, we … More New Year’s Review: Wrapping Up 2021 & Spinning Stories in 2022

Sci-Fi Strikes Back: How Genre Fiction Can Combat Scientific Censorship

No longer content to misshelve his favorite fictions in the non-fiction section of our national discourse, our new Librarian in Chief now wants to ban the entire 500 class of the Dewey decimal system: science. Last week the Trump administration issued a so-called “gag order”  banning federal science institutions—including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Agriculture, and Department of … More Sci-Fi Strikes Back: How Genre Fiction Can Combat Scientific Censorship

Gender and Genre: Female Sci-Fi Authors are NOT an Alien Species

Okay. Rant time. Remember when Blue Karma won some indie publishing awards late last year? One of the granting organizations just published interviews with the winning authors. Awesome, right? Except for one thing: “[We] recently caught up with author J.K. Ullrich, whose book Blue Karma won the science fiction category. You can click the link below to visit [our] website and read more about his winning … More Gender and Genre: Female Sci-Fi Authors are NOT an Alien Species

Millions Weep A Fountain: A Sci-Fi Writer Remembers David Bowie

“Here am I sitting in a tin can/far above the world/planet Earth is blue/and there’s nothing I can do…” Rich layers of synth and guitar oozed from my mother’s monolithic turntable speakers. They probably stood taller than I did the first time she played me one of her David Bowie LPs. His music provided a … More Millions Weep A Fountain: A Sci-Fi Writer Remembers David Bowie

Schrödinger’s Star Wars: Multiverses in Popular Fiction

“Did you see the new Star Wars movie?” I texted my friend last weekend. He’s one of the few people in my circle who shares my lifelong affection for the franchise, so I was eager to discuss it with him. “No,” he replied. “I don’t want to see what they did to it.” For him, a … More Schrödinger’s Star Wars: Multiverses in Popular Fiction

Finding Jabba: Rediscovering Star Wars, Space Opera, and Myself

One of my earliest memories is of Jabba the Hutt. I can’t have been more than two years old, playing behind the couch while my parents watched Return of the Jedi on their 13-inch TV. Deep guffaws echoed in the living room. It sounded a little like Santa Claus, only…wrong. Peering around the furniture, I stared … More Finding Jabba: Rediscovering Star Wars, Space Opera, and Myself