Saturday, 21 October 2017

Sokath, His Eyes Uncovered

I mentioned previously that in addition to the piece that I wrote about The Price there was another...

It's called When The Walls Fell and its all about Darmok, that episode of The Next Generation in which Picard is stranded on an alien planet by a Tamarian, an alien that speaks entirely in metaphor, and they are forced by adversity to learn to communicate with each other.

The lion share of it is a great point of view piece written by Laura Gillespie, while I contributed the bits written in the Tamarian idiom.

Outside In: Makes It So is available here.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Outside In Makes It So Published Today

Today is the thirtieth anniversary of Encounter At Farpoint, the first broadcast of the first episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Today also sees the publication of Outside In: Makes It So, available here.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Twitter Twatter #46

The rest of June 2017:

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Outside In: Makes It So Personnel & Essay Titles

Outside In: Makes It So features contributions from the likes of Keith R.A. DeCandido (novelist), Rich Handley (Star Trek comics expert and Hasslein Books supremo), Paul Simpson (Editor of Star Trek Magazine), Lars Pearson (novelist), Robert Greenberger (the Editor of DC Comics’ Star Trek), David A McIntee (novelist), Shaun Lyon (Outpost Gallifrey) and Robert Smith? (editor extraordinaire).

Not to mention a hundred and fifty more also-rans like me.

And here they are...

There you have it, folks: Mine is called God Forbid I Should Miss My First Look At The Wormhole I have written about The Price, that episode of The Next Generation in which Deanna Troi talks about chocolate, has a romantic encounter and witnesses a momentous revelation that will impact the entire galaxy for the next decade. And yet, that's not really what I've written about at all.

I've written something else as well, but more on that later.

Outside In: Makes It So is available for pre-order here.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Exploits Online

In around 2008 or 2009, I made an uncredited appearance in Exploits, a film written and directed by Alper Cagatay.

I blogged about it ending with an optimistic 'coming soon'. I was wrong about that.

Alper recently put the whole film online and I finally got a chance to see how my bit fitted into the story as a whole. My wife and I watched it the other day and she didn't manage to spot me, so it'll probably be almost impossible for anyone else.

Anyway, here it is.

Exploits - Feature film. from Alper Cagatay on Vimeo.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Outside In: Makes It So Uncovered

Here's the cover for the upcoming Outside In: Makes It So, which I have contributed an essay and a half to.

There are 173 more perspectives covering every episode of The Next Generation on TV and the four cinematic stories featuring the same crew.

And there's more...

There are a couple of extra bits and pieces in there as well. I'll post a full list of contents and contributors shortly.

Outside In: Makes It So is available for preorder here.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Twitter Twatter #45

Early June 2017 on Twitter:

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Don't Vote Tory

Two years ago, I posted a message about the general election. Now here we are two years later and it seems more appropriate than ever:

There's a general election today.

Friedrich Schiller said "Every people gets the government it deserves."

Don't you deserve better than this?

This election genuinely feels like your last chance not to screw this up for everyone. Last chance for the NHS, last chance for anything previously enshrined in European Union law, last chance for education, last chance to see an end to tax beaks for the rich, last chance for the environment.

Two years ago, I merely encouraged people to vote, but as the result showed the electorate got it wrong. This time, I am imploring you: please don't vote Tory.

Don't vote Tory if you are now, have ever been or have ever met a child, an employee, a patient, a parent, a school pupil, a tenant, a pensioner, a student, a citizen, a policeman, a nurse, a paramedic, a policewoman, a teacher, a carer, a firefighter, a prison guard, a doctor, anyone who needs to use a foodbank, anyone in the Army, anyone in the Navy, anyone in the RAF, anyone with a disability, anyone with a learning difficulty, anyone with a mental illness, anyone who is homeless, etc.

The Conservatives have shown they can't be trusted with the NHS, they can't be trusted with education, they can't be trusted with national security, they can't be trusted with social care. It's not possible to live in Britain today and not see or hear what they have done with seven years of austerity. Austerity is a choice.

Knowing what you know, a vote for Tories makes you complicit. Complicit in the extra deaths their health policies will cause, complicit in supersize classes, complicit every time you hear of someone dropping dead soon after being deemed fit for work, complicit with everything this squalid regime gets away with.

I don't care who you do vote for. Just don't vote Tory.

They don't deserve you and you certainly don't deserve them.


Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Twitter Twatter #44

The End Of May (we hope).

This largely consists of my wife and I tweeting our way through the pre-election debate and non-debates over the course of the last three days of the month: