The Evolution of Adult SFF Television

When I was growing up, science fiction and fantasy TV shows tended to share three main elements: they were usually 1) pure action-adventure affairs; 2) filmed in the abandoned quarries, forests, and subdivisions of Vancouver; and 3) were episodic/monster-of-the-week shows. You know the drill: Hercules, Xena, Sliders, SeaQuest 2032, Stargate: SG-1, The X-Files, Farscape, Andromeda, Bablyon 5, … More The Evolution of Adult SFF Television

[Fate Freeport] Robots! – Arachnid Robot

More robots! More! Truth be told I’d been thinking a lot about hacking—and I use that term loosely in this instance since it’s not a huge stretch—hacking Fate Freeport to run something in the vein of Metamorphosis Alpha or Gamma World by way of Burn Shift. Especially since I’m now thinking about a science fantasy ala … More [Fate Freeport] Robots! – Arachnid Robot

Mindjammer Thoughtcast Edition – Initial Impressions

Since I’m being pushed from three different directions to look at running a SF game—not so much pushed as suggested, since I gravitate in that direction anyways—I bit the bullet and bought the new Mindjammer Revised Edition. It’s more of a preorder, since the physical book doesn’t ship until April 9th (per the site), but … More Mindjammer Thoughtcast Edition – Initial Impressions

History shows again and again how nature points out the folly of man…

Originally, Godzilla embodied the fear and apprehensions of nuclear weapons, of full-on nuclear war: a massive dinosaur rising out of the depths to vomit forth atomic fire upon a helpless populace. What better nation to depict this than Japan, still suffering its own psychological woes from the devastation at Hiroshima and Nagasaki a mere nine … More History shows again and again how nature points out the folly of man…

The Future of Today, According to Robert Heinlein

Back in the February, 1952 issue of Galaxy, Robert Heinlein set down some predictions for the ensuing 48 years. He revisited them in a 1966 collection, but died before he could see them come true. (Or, fail, in some cases.) Now, sixty years after he wrote them… let’s see how accurate they are. At predicting … More The Future of Today, According to Robert Heinlein

Appendix N: Non-Stop by Brian Aldiss

Way back in the day—1976!—a little company recently named TSR Hobbies published a little roleplaying game. It’s not the roleplaying game they’re most famous for—that would be Dungeons & Dragons, mom—but one important for its place as the first science-fiction roleplaying game (and predecessor to the more successful and more popular Gamma World): Metamorphosis Alpha. … More Appendix N: Non-Stop by Brian Aldiss