How to make a monster?

Let’s pretend for a minute that I’m a mad scientist trying to apply to the Evil League of Evil. Since I like biology, I’ve chosen to make my application a gene-spliced pet monster capable of wreaking havoc with the best of them. Here are the animals...

Why I’m doing NaNoWriMo (again)

November is the time for National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo for short (although it’s been international for a few years now). Basically the idea is to gather together thousands of people from all over the world to write 50 000 words during the month of...

The Bad Touch Sermon

The best new thing in the world today. The Bad Touch Sermon.

Darkness

Tap, tap, tap. A little boy wakes up in the darkness of his room. He tugs the covers further up, over his head and stares at the window covered by curtains. The cavorting clowns and small animals seem somehow sinister in the mixed light from the full moon and the...

Science-fiction from real life

A couple of weeks ago I linked to a talk by PZ Myers in which he noted that the double jaws of moray eels are remarkably similar to those found on the Aliens. That got me thinking about what else science-fiction movies or books or even games have borrowed from...