TERRAN VALENTINE (short fiction)

Cindy & Cragg


Cragg handed Cindy a box of chocolates and a rose.

“Is this acceptable?” he asked.

She sniffed the flower. “Sure.”

“Ease up on the romance, big guy,” said Laura. “You’ll spoil her.”

Cragg had trouble with sarcasm, but Laura had given him enough exposure to have a loose grasp on the concept. He usually simply assumed Laura was being sarcastic, to be safe.

“Did I do something wrong?” he asked.

“No, not at all,” said Cindy. “It’s very sweet. Isn’t it, Laura?”

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Hot Water (short fiction)

Champion & Professor Fido

The water heater was acting up again. Todd yelped at the sudden blast of cold. He jumped out of the shower, threw on a robe, still wet. Lingering traces of shampoo dripped down his nose.

He turned the knobs, put his hand under the shower head. The water only got colder. Freezing in fact. Literally. The shower head frosted up, and the water crystalized into solid ice.

He found Professor Fido and Champion in the living room. The shaggy dog was in the middle of a Property Brothers marathon while Champion napped quietly under the table.

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The Mary Sue Myth

Is it too late to talk about Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Am I culturally irrelevant? Eh, whatever. Let’s do it. This isn’t really about Star Wars anyway.

One of the complaints aimed at the film is that Rey is “A Mary Sue”. As proof, it’s pointed out that she’s an incredibly competent character nearly from the get go, and she exhibits force powers beyond being believable.

So, first off, this is a movie about a science fantasy setting where spaceships and space wizards exist. That’s not a get out of jail card in terms of consistent or sensible storytelling, but it does render much of the criticism irrelevant. And for a series drawing on pulp traditions, the very idea of a “Mary Sue” is difficult to nail down.

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Fantastic Tropes & Where to Find Them

Saw Fantastic Beasts. Short review: I enjoyed it. Didn’t love it.

Disclaimer: I’m not a big Harry Potter fan. I don’t dislike the world or the stories, but I’ve never been enamored of the setting or the universe. I’ve never found it particularly interesting or compelling. It gets the job done, and I find nothing objectionable about it. Just doesn’t excite me.

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