Category Archives: Writing/Writers

Video: Space Command Pilot

Marc Scott Zicree might not be a household name but you’ve probably seen his work. He wrote an excellent guide to The Twilight Zone series. His story was the basis for the best damned script for Star Trek: Deep Space … Continue reading

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A Writer With No Knowledge Of History

The Painful Price of Becoming Jackie Chan In other words, what to my mind reads like a brutal account of exploitation and abuse is meant to be inspirational, a testament not only to Chan’s personal fortitude, but also to a … Continue reading

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The Cult Of Star Cops

“Hey,” my brain said while I was walking to a store this morning, “Whatever happened to Chris Boucher?” Yes, that’s how it goes. After forgetting that for a few hours, my brain poked me again and I looked at his … Continue reading

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Google Books: Tales From A Rolltop Desk

Tales from a Rolltop Desk by Christopher Morley. From the opening short story, The Prize Package: Published in 1921, this story made me roar with laughter. I’d never heard of the author before but I should have! From Wikipedia: Out … Continue reading

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Jack Kerouac And Steve Allen

YouTube Recommendations surface a nugget of pure gold. JACK KEROUAC on THE STEVE ALLEN SHOW with Steve Allen 1959

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Boolean Moriarty?

Could Sherlock Holmes’s true nemesis have been a mathematician? A thorough comparison between Conan Doyle’s fictional Moriarty and the real Boole reveals numerous persuasive similarities. Both characters held chairs at small provincial universities; both won appointments on the basis of … Continue reading

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Misfit Superheroes For Misfit Readers

Writer Marc Scott Zicree reminds me of another aspect of the late Stan Lee in this video. In Remembrance of Stan Lee Previously here: R.I.P. Stan Lee R.I.P. Artist/Writer Steve Ditko R.I.P. Comedian/Actor Don Rickles Binge-Watch: Stan Lee’s Lucky Man … Continue reading

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Finally, Someone Admits It!

My students assume that when well-respected writers sit down to write their books, they know pretty much what is going to happen because they’ve outlined most of the plot, and this is why their books turn out so beautifully and … Continue reading

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When Wells Met Welles

Here’s a nice break from the rancid politics of the day. H.G. Wells meets Orson Welles on the radio in 1940. A YouTube Commenter points out: Wells was 74 at that time; Welles was 25. Orson Welles Meets H.G. Wells … Continue reading

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More Tech Press Corruption Unveiled

5G Got me Fired This is a cautionary tale. Anyone writing for any publisher in today’s commercial market, where the managed advertorial and native ad seems to be the only way to make money, needs to be cautious. More importantly … Continue reading

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