Ray Vukcevich is a master of the mystery opener — and of openings in general. I've been in writing workshops with him where I just sat there looking at his opening paragraph feeling like I should just stop writing altogether. ;-) Everything I've ever read of his — even works in progress — just made my jaw drop. » 10/29/14 4:38pm Yesterday 4:38pm

Depends on how far away they are at this point. I've seen some estimates that our general broadcasts fade to noise before they even reach the nearest stars. As for direct, laser-focused communications, you'd think that would be an option (unless the system were conveniently damaged by a meteoroid impact or something)… » 10/28/14 4:15pm Tuesday 4:15pm

The writer is an author of children's books. With that in mind, I watched it as a fairy tale. Not like we haven't had a few of those in the Dr. Who world before... This show has never been anything close to (hard) science fiction — often even less so than "Star Wars" is... As such, I usually watch it from Maebh's PoV… » 10/27/14 2:04pm Monday 2:04pm

That's funny. I didn't even think of it as a product-placement kinda' thing but more like "Candyman," something based on ubiquitous urban legends. All the junk people have been saying about Ouija boards all these years turned into a movie. Funny that I had to be reminded that Ouija boards are something you buy. From… » 10/24/14 4:11pm 10/24/14 4:11pm

Honestly, Dean sitting in the back of that car last night was hands-down the scariest thing I've ever seen on "Supernatural." Jensen Ackles does evil almost too well. Compared to Jared P's soulless Sam a while back, well... utterly terrifying... I actually felt a knot in my stomach watching it. » 10/15/14 4:53pm 10/15/14 4:53pm

I don't want to go outside and take pictures for you, but in my neighborhood at least, Team Cat isn't doing its job. I can't grow root crops in my garden because any freshly turned earth is considered a perfect litterbox in the minds of the dozens of feral cats and cuddly pets that wander our streets at their leisure.… » 10/14/14 3:08pm 10/14/14 3:08pm

In my day job, I'm senior editor for a technical trade magazine serving the biotech industry. I've been a professional editor for nearly 20 years, in fact. Sometimes I can't help correcting something if it jumps out at me. But I also know that there are two types of editors in the world: sticklers and stylists. I like… » 10/14/14 11:59am 10/14/14 11:59am

When I was in the Bahamas (not the resorty parts), one thing that fascinated me was the sounds that the eroded limestone (ancient coral reefs that make up pretty much the whole archipelago) makes when you walk on it and displace stones, etc. All I could think of was that it sounds like pots and pans or medieval armor… » 9/29/14 4:34pm 9/29/14 4:34pm