Talking Science Fiction with Neil deGrasse Tyson on StarTalk Radio

I had the distinct honor to join the conversation about science fiction and society on Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson’s StarTalk Radio Show on May 30, 2019 (season 10, episode 22). The episode is about Creating Science Fiction, with Gale Anne Hurd, the producer of The Terminator and The Walking Dead. I shared some thoughts onContinue reading “Talking Science Fiction with Neil deGrasse Tyson on StarTalk Radio”

Science Fiction, LMC3214: Concluding New Wave SF with Philip K. Dick and Star Trek’s “The City on the Edge of Forever”

In today’s class, I lectured on Philip K. Dick’s life (2-3-74) and work (characteristics: ontological, epistemological, entropy, empathy, religion, and the “little man”) to conclude my discussion of New Wave writers began in the last class. Then, I lectured on Star Trek and used Harlan Ellison’s “The City on the Edge of Forever” as aContinue reading “Science Fiction, LMC3214: Concluding New Wave SF with Philip K. Dick and Star Trek’s “The City on the Edge of Forever””

Reflections on the Star Trek: The Next Generation Bluray Release, More TNG Should be Shown on the Big Screen

Last night, Y and I went to the one-night-only Star Trek: The Next Generation 25th Anniversary Celebration at the Hollywood 24 Theater in Atlanta. The advance ticket event promoted today’s release of the first season of Star Trek TNG on Bluray [find it on Amazon here]. CBS is in the process now of scanning theContinue reading “Reflections on the Star Trek: The Next Generation Bluray Release, More TNG Should be Shown on the Big Screen”

Tennessee Has Solved All Social and Financial Problems, Time to Legislate Bigotry

According to this AP report posted to The Huffington Post, Tennessee Senate Approves Ban On Teaching Of Homosexuality. It is certainly refreshing that the great issues facing Tennessee and America today have all be resolved. Let’s see, Tennessee ranks 11th highest rate of poverty [here], 10th highest unemployment [here], 43rd highest median household income [here],Continue reading “Tennessee Has Solved All Social and Financial Problems, Time to Legislate Bigotry”

Pioneers of Television: Science Fiction, on PBS

Tonight, I saw the one hour episode of Pioneers of Television on Science Fiction. It was an interesting look at some of the early, popular science fiction television shows in the US: Lost in Space, Star Trek, and The Twilight Zone. I liked how they portrayed the influences behind the way these shows. It wasn’tContinue reading “Pioneers of Television: Science Fiction, on PBS”

Dreams of Teaching on Another Planet

I probably shouldn’t be surprised about my dreams last night since I watched Star Trek (2009) while writing syllabi for a job application. Besides the space battles, I was impressed with it’s panaramic shots of space, the final frontier. While asleep, I dreamt that I looked up into the sky at night and I studiedContinue reading “Dreams of Teaching on Another Planet”

Did You Know About the New York Times Topics, Star Trek Section

While I’m talking about Star Trek Online (in the last post), I thought I would share the following link with you. I just ran across the New York Times Topics area, and they have a nice section devoted to Star Trek. Not too shabby for the U.S. ‘newspaper of record.’ You may find it here.Continue reading “Did You Know About the New York Times Topics, Star Trek Section”

Star Trek 2009 is Troubling and Wonderful at the Same Time

Okay–I began writing this blog post on Thursday, May 7 after watching the new Star Trek film.  Since then, I’ve seen it a second time, and I’m probably going to see it a third when I have a chance.  Since I saw the film, I’ve been blitzed with SFRA scheduling, Pakistaniaat layout work for ourContinue reading “Star Trek 2009 is Troubling and Wonderful at the Same Time”

Star Trek the Tour Beams Down

I saw as part of the four installment big news blog post on Ensign Wesley Crusher’s (aka Wil Wheaton’s) blog that Star Trek the Tour will be making the rounds in the United States beginning in California next week.  The list of cities, and details of the experience are available on the official Star TrekContinue reading “Star Trek the Tour Beams Down”