Contest Winners!

Originally posted on While We're Paused…:
This past season, we have featured a writing contest with the following prompt. After reviewing the submissions, we are pleased to announce our winners! In 1st place is David Urbach for his mesmerizing and imaginative tale, Mirza’s Strange Sitar. Congratulations David! In 2nd place is Michael Atkinson for…

For desperate Whovians…

Those of you still mourning my on-hiatus Doctor Who reviews and longing for in-depth discussions of your favorite episodes may want to pop over to them0vieblog, where Darren has recently reviewed the Ninth and Eleventh Doctors’ respective debuts. He’s also got reviews of the Tenth Doctor specials, which you can find organized at his ReviewsContinue reading “For desperate Whovians…”

Locus Poll Final Results

In November the Locus magazine’s website hosted a poll to find out the best novels and short stories from the 20th and 21st centuries in the genres of fantasy and science fiction. I voted, as did some of you readers. The results of the novels are now in! I’m fairly pleased by the results. Now,Continue reading “Locus Poll Final Results”

Locus Poll for the best sci-fi and fantasy of the past 110 years

The website for Locus magazine — which I admit an unfamiliarity with — is hosting an open poll, which closes tomorrow on November 30th, asking readers to vote for the best novels, novellas, novelettes, and short stories in the genres of fantasy and science fiction from the 20th century and the first decade of theContinue reading “Locus Poll for the best sci-fi and fantasy of the past 110 years”

Short Film: “The Raven”

No, it’s not about Edgar Allen Poe. (Although apparently there is a movie about him called The Raven coming out soon, starring John Cusack and Brendan Gleeson.) No, instead, this short sci-fi film is sort of like a simplified Minority Report. Or a sci-fi Bourne Identity. Or…well, look, it’s pretty simple. A young guy whoContinue reading “Short Film: “The Raven””

Short Film: Dr. Grordbort Presents “The Deadliest Game”

I like to showcase neat short films when I find them, even though I don’t typically review them as I do feature films. Dr. Grordbort Presents: The Deadliest Game is a fun, five-minute diversion, a Vernian steampunk safari through an alien planet that humorously and gently satirizes the Victorian love of killing exotic and endangeredContinue reading “Short Film: Dr. Grordbort Presents “The Deadliest Game””

TV Show Review: Doctor Who Episodes 3.08-3.09 “Human Nature” & “The Family of Blood”

Episodes 3.08 and 9 “Human Nature” & “The Family of Blood” Written By: Paul Cornell Originally Aired: May 26and June 2, 2007 Synopsis: “In order to hide from a family of murderous aliens who are following his scent across time, the Doctor disguises himself as a mild-mannered English schoolteacher in 1913, even rewriting his ownContinue reading “TV Show Review: Doctor Who Episodes 3.08-3.09 “Human Nature” & “The Family of Blood””

Book Review: “Waverly Hall: Relois” by Brian Melton

This is a solicited review, and a free copy of the book was sent to me. In no way does this affect my opinions expressed here. Title: Waverly Hall: Relois Series: First in a projected series. Author: Brian Melton Pages: 255 Published: 2010, by Lantern Hollow Press Spoiler-free Synopsis: While staying at her mysterious UncleContinue reading “Book Review: “Waverly Hall: Relois” by Brian Melton”

TV Show Review: Doctor Who Episode 3.07 “42”

Episode 3.07 “42” Written By: Chris Chibnall Originally Aired: May 19, 2007 Synopsis: “On a spaceship headed straight for the centre of the sun, The Doctor only has 42 minutes to save Martha and the rest of the ship’s crew from an inevitable doom…” (Wikipedia) I always get this episode confused with the “Impossible Planet”/Continue reading “TV Show Review: Doctor Who Episode 3.07 “42””

TV Review: Doctor Who Episode 3.06 “The Lazarus Experiment”

Episode 3.06 “The Lazarus Experiment” Written By: Stephen Greenhorn Originally Aired: May 5, 2007 Synopsis: “The famous Dr Lazarus has appeared to discover the secret of eternal youth – but do his experiments hide a sinister secret?” (Wikipedia) The pre-title sequence is quite interesting for what it reveals about our two protagonists. It ends onContinue reading “TV Review: Doctor Who Episode 3.06 “The Lazarus Experiment””