Going to the Los Angeles Comic Book & Sci-Fi Convention?

I just learned of a convention that is about a one-hour, 20 minute train ride from my home and I’m thinking of going. What: Los Angeles Comic Book & Sci-Fi Convention Where: Shrine Hall 700 W. 32nd Street, Los Angeles, Calif. Across from the USC campus, off of Figueroa Street. When: January 16th, 2011 10am […]

Podcast Episode 13: Alien Invasions and other Fun Things

In episode 13, The Genre Traveler chats it up with author Chris Berman, discussing his alien invasion novel The Hive and his moon colonization novel Red Moon. We even get a sneak preview of his upcoming novel, Star Pirates. Along the way we talk about how army ants might be a good model for space-faring […]

Official TRON: Legacy Magazine Released

In time for today’s opening of TRON: Legacy, Titan Publishing has released the official TRON: Legacy movie magazine. The magazine features: Interviews with the cast, including Jeff Bridges (Kevin Flynn), Garrett Hedlund (Sam Flynn), Olivia Wilde (Quorra) and Michael Sheen (Castor) A closer look at the vehicles and weapons from the movie, including the iconic […]

Conference Focuses on Global Science Fiction

“We’ve attracted almost three times as many scholars than we’ve ever hosted,” said Melissa Conway, head of Special Collections & Archives at University of California Riverside (UCR) and co-organizer of the 2011 Eaton Science Fiction Conference. “There is greater diversity of presenters and topics,” she added. As I mentioned in a previous post, authors Samuel […]

Buy a T-Shirt, Get Two Tickets to See TRON: Legacy This Friday

If you live near a participating PacSun store, you can score two tickets to see TRON: Legacy in 3D at 12:01am on December 17th (while supplies last). Simply stop by PacSun (a list of participating stores is below) and purchase an item from Hurley’s TRON: Legacy collection. This will be the first opportunity for fans […]

Podcast Episode 12: Fandom and Life Lessons

In episode 12, Carma chats with author and fellow science fiction fan Donna Shannon about how Star Wars affected the way we look at the world; the works of P.K. Dick; the evolution of print fiction and how Netflix is helping genre fans discover small and independent gems such as Dead and Breakfast starring Jeffery […]

Podcast Episode 11: Growing Up in SF Fandom

In Episode 11, the bass guitarist of Framing Hanley, Luke McDuffee, and I shoot the breeze about our experiences with science fiction fandom. Our conversation meanders over such topics as: how we got introduced to science fiction, Isaac Asimov, Terry Pratchet, Douglas Adams, Ray Bradbury, the movies based on Frank Herbert’s Dune, Herbert’s book The […]

Help Create a Fictional Galaxy Online

Galaxiki, created in 2007, is a wiki based, editable online fictional galaxy consisting of millions of stars, planets, moons, pulsars, black holes and much more. Site members can edit solar systems, invent life forms and write their own science fiction stories. Community members have to make sure their stories are compatible with other user’s stories […]

Podcast Episode 10: Can artificial intelligence become self aware?

In Episode 10, best-selling author Frank Fiore and I chat about his novel, Cyberkill. During the conversation we tackle such questions as: Can artificial intelligence become self aware? If it did become self aware, would it be more analytical like Spock or emotional like McCoy? What does it mean to be human? Can you improve […]