Book Review: Leviathan Wakes (and Introduction to The Expanse)

This past week, Syfy released the trailer for their upcoming series, The Expanse… and I’m super excited!  For one thing, it’s great that Syfy is actually making an effort to have legitimate science-fiction shows again.  After rebranding in hopes to pull in a broader audience, the channel seems to be returning to its roots.  While Ascension came and went to mediocre reviews, I have heard nothing but good things about the 12 Monkeys pilot that aired a few days ago.  Conceivably, this could indicate that Syfy is better at making adaptations of pre-existing source material than original stories, which bodes well for the upcoming shows based on James S.A. Corey’s The Expanse series, Lev Grossman’s The Magicians trilogy, and Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End.

I’m excited, in particular, for The Expanse adaptation, as I recently read the first book in James S.A. Corey’s series — Leviathan Wakes.   Continue reading


Six-word Stories and the State of the Union (between me and the blogosphere)

Hello all!  Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s!  Sorry that there has been a dearth of activity from me over the past month.  The holiday season is always so busy, and in my attempt to recharge, I lost all sense of urgency re: blogging.  That said, I have a few posts in the hopper, and hope to have something more substantial out within the week.  Until then, I’ve got some six-word narratives for you below!

As the story goes, Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to write a complete tale using only six words.  He won the bet with the following:

For sale: baby shoes, never worn.

While the attribution of this story to Hemingway is under debate, the concept of a six-word narrative has become incredibly popular as an extreme version of flash fiction.  It’s definitely a great writing exercise; I find that sometimes I write something that is less of a story and more of an aphorism or mere idea, but it’s still fun to try.

Every month, puts up a prompt to write six-word science fiction.  Here are some that I’ve contributed in the past two months:

“The EMP disabled Rudolph’s nose!” Crash!

Cryo failed. Awake for years. (Coffee.)

The screensaver activated; the world ended.

Earth. Warning: Here there be monsters!

Help Wanted (Humans need not apply.)

Traded immortality for love. Worth it.

Have you ever written a six-word story?  Feel free to give it a try in the comments!