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Belated and Spoilerific Dark Knight Rises Review

Posted: 8th August 2012 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized

The third of Nolan’s Batman movies has a straightforward title. It is dark, there is a knight, and he rises. Truth in titling is great. The movie, eh, not so. The measure of a good to great movie to me is “when I think about it, do I want to see it again more or […]

Oh BookStores: A Lament

Posted: 30th July 2012 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized

While wandering through the Big Chain store the other day I noticed I was hearing my chief complaint about brick and mortars. It is the same complaint I’ve had since I was an eyas. It annoys the hell out of me. It is bad business in inaction. It defies logic. It can’t possibly be explained […]

Over the last few months I’ve heard the phrase “collapse of the paper book market” thrown about by editors, writers and best of all financial analysts. The lower volume of sales (so much as they are tracked accurately) is undeniable. You can’t make up the collapse of one of the two largest chain retailers over […]

Why The Amazing Spider Man Works: No Spoilers

Posted: 10th July 2012 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized

There are three  main reasons that this movie works well, and the other Spiderman movies are rather meh. 1:  A cast that can act. 2: Gags and bits are cut short well before they can be run into the ground. 3: Spiderman is a teenager. The first bit: Denis Leary is probably the most widely […]

As a student of history, and enough of a glutton for punishment to observe today’s politics I wonder if it could happen. Could we see, in the next five to fifty years a new Reformation? The Catholic Church was rocked by the sex abuse scandal. It is still dealing with backlash from its actions and […]

Express Yourself

Posted: 12th June 2012 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized

I somehow get talked into seeing some movies that are occasionally uneven in quality. This isn’t surprising, as most movies are. One of the things I notice in both books and movies is how characters expressions work, change and communicate. The latest movie was Snow White and the Huntsman. It’s not a bad movie. It’s […]

A friend showed me this link Mars One will if they succeed be not just the first humans to set foot on the Red Planet but the first colonists. Their plan is to have the first four Terrans put down roots on Mars in ten years. In waves of four they currently plan to […]

Some reviews are bad, but ok because they just show the reader picked up the wrong book. I’ve done it, some books just aren’t for me and I can recognize this. I grok that not everyone thinks the same, or likes the same things. Romances, or novels that spend more wordage on emotional exploration than […]

One of the odder and most disappointing things about sff publishing in particular, and the industry as a whole, but particularly our genre is how often it reaches back to touch its past. I’ve heard or seen innumerable times editors and publisher that they were looking for “Phillip K. Dick” or “Heinlein” or the like […]

I keep telling people an important thing about my blog: I am not a writer. Really. I don’t have that urge to create. If i blog I have something to say. If i don’t blog reason number one is that anything that occurs to me to write is likely to bore me to sleep before […]

The publishing industry has undergone a number of big changes over the last century. Publishing went from a country club for intellectuals to a mainstream way of aiding education and information, and then entertainment. Like television it went from a number of major sources that could be counted on one hand to a large lumber, […]

There will be spoilers in this post and discussion. There will be spoilers in this post and discussion. There will be spoilers in this post and discussion. I think my favorite lines are: Black Widow: I don’t see how that’s a party. Hulk: Puny god.   Did anyone else notice the continuity error on the […]

I’m not a city boy, never have been and unless I get on the wrong side of some demonic force, I hope never to be. One of the unadulterated joys of living someone place you can see the sky is seeing the sky.  Nature’s mobius-strip of light, and multidimensional map of the universe. The moon […]

FYI: Website Issues

Posted: 1st May 2012 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Either I installed the wrong plugin here, or I annoyed someone (or several someones) with some hacking ability. Since the first of the year, my website has been hacked three or four times affecting everything from the contact form at to  email, and even this blog. There will be more updates later, but obviously […]

I love Ravencon. You should come. Chuck Gannon is here, and busy paneling. Go look for him. Some really good panels this year, even by Ravencon standards. Morality of Magneto with the brilliant and lovely Day Al-Mohamed who is at her first Ravencon, Alhen Moin, Joan Wnedland, and Christopher was a blast. Lots of interesting […]

Ravencon Schedule

Posted: 13th April 2012 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Friday: 10pm Morality of Magneto in New River Saturday: 11AM to 1pm Allen Wold’s Writers Workshop (You may need to sign up in advance,.) 4pm Teenage Wasteland Room F Sunday: 9am Is interstellar travel possible Room e: Fair warning Mike is not a morning god, snark will be in higher concentration than usual. 11am -1pm […]

Reviews. and Contest! Win a Free Book

Posted: 3rd April 2012 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized

The fabulous Irene Radford came across a review of her Chicory Up. That we both kinda dig. Here‘s part: Human or pixie, Thistle Down is a wise conscientious person who fulfills her obligations by going the extra kilometers. The Pixies bring plenty of amusing havoc unless you happen to be the human whose life is […]

I’m going to start off with a shocking and possibly even blasphemous fact about the publishing industry.   The Publishing industry is an entertainment enterprise. Just like comic books, movies, television, major league sports and music. People turn to fiction, and some forms of non fiction for entertainment. A handy definition of entertainment is: “something […]

As a reader I’ve been unfortunate enough to see two of my favorite series die recently. They are still being published, and the writers are still packing words between the covers. Unfortunately at some point the core value of the series died, at least for me. I’ve read both series for the last half decade […]

One of the weird quirks of fiction is that it frequently has to be more believable than reality. Reality being a wholly subjective thing, it’s something one has to make a lot of compromises to get broad appeal on. In writing its even harder than in movies or television to get the villain right. The […]