E. E. "Doc" Smith really need be on this somewhere. The Skylark of Space is not great literature by any stretch of the imagination, but it did open up the playing field for science fiction beyond the solar system, and created so many of the window dressing that we associate with science fiction. Star Trek, Star… » 7/25/14 3:36pm 7/25/14 3:36pm

A lot of this stuff isn't even about liking cars, it's about their hierarchy in the pack. If they can say that people who like x aren't as good as people who like y, they can somehow persuade themselves that they're a better person because they're a y-lover, regardless of how badly the rest of their life is going. » 7/25/14 2:26pm 7/25/14 2:26pm

I really enjoyed your stories on science fiction's roots, like the 1886 Hugos and the history of pulps in other countries, and I'd love to see more like that. I'd also like to see more on pre-Internet fandom, like maybe the first Worldcon? » 7/23/14 11:24am 7/23/14 11:24am

Syd Mead is my art god, and I always welcome a chance to see more of his work, but I some of those, while they were done for the movie, weren't done by Mead. The second one from the top is work of another talented artist, Jim Burns. » 7/19/14 10:19am 7/19/14 10:19am

I think the aliens resonate so well with us because they are a metaphor for all the scientists and engineers who got their initial push from science fiction. The whole movie is one big love letter to science fiction and its fans, an how, as silly as all this seems sometimes, this stuff is important. » 7/15/14 8:48pm 7/15/14 8:48pm

That seems to be a chronic problem with cons, that they just assume "everybody" already knows about so they never bother to promote them. I remember one local con that failed pretty spectacularly after hiring some expensive guests, and attendance didn't cover it. For months afterward, people would tell me "Aw man,… » 7/14/14 10:17am 7/14/14 10:17am

I can imagine any number of reasons for the evil Russian captain acting crazy, but he's not the only one on that ship. Even if it's a crew full of evil bastards hand picked for their hatred of freedom, and love of torturing kittens, you'd think they'd have enough of a sense of self preservation to deal with him. » 7/07/14 7:26pm 7/07/14 7:26pm