How possible is Star Wars? Part II: Galactic Empires aren’t built in a day

This is part three of a four-part series of columns written to mark Star Wars’ 40th Anniversary. Read Part 1 and Part 3. Star Wars and Star Trek are often compared to each other. After all, they both center on largely human characters who travel from planet to planet, each one surprisingly livable and often full of plants and animals, not unlike those on Earth. … Continue reading How possible is Star Wars? Part II: Galactic Empires aren’t built in a day

How possible is Star Wars? Episode I: Is faster-than-light travel possible?

Editor’s note: This is the first in a four-part series marking the 40th Anniversary of the release of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Read Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4. Back in 1977, a movie inspired people to dream of a galaxy far, far away. It also caused a lot of kids to demand their parents buy a seemingly never-ending stream of action figures. That movie … Continue reading How possible is Star Wars? Episode I: Is faster-than-light travel possible?

‘Buffy’ changed science fiction TV

If you didn’t know, it’s the 40th anniversary of the theatrical release of “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.” There’s a lot of buzz and fanfare about the anniversary, with a new movie, “The Last Jedi,” coming this December. There’s also been rumor of a 4K restoration of “A New Hope” hitting theaters sometime this year, though all that exist now seems to be … Continue reading ‘Buffy’ changed science fiction TV

Cathedral Mixtape: Doom with groove

It’s that time of month again, and I don’t mean that “time of month.” It’s time for the Monthly Mixtape. This month we look at British doom metal band Cathedral. Cathedral was the brain child of former Napalm Death lead growler, Lee Dorrian, who had left that band in 1989. He and former Carcass roadie, bassist Mark Griffiths and Acid Reign guitarist Gary “Gaz” Jennings, … Continue reading Cathedral Mixtape: Doom with groove

Faith No More Mixtape: Weird, crazy and awesome

So, this is the first feature I’m essentially doing for the fun of it, which I call the “Mixtape.” And yes, I know that nobody has used tape in a while. Anyway, with “Monthly Mixtape,” I’m going to pick a certain number of songs which are personal favorites and which I feel encompass a band’s output. This month, I’ll be focusing on Faith No More. … Continue reading Faith No More Mixtape: Weird, crazy and awesome