Left Out

The Star Trek TV series produced many commercial venues for its more popular characters.
The Star Trek TV series produced many commercial venues for its more popular characters.

Poor Dr. Spock

Poor ole Dr. Spock, he got left out of all the good parts. Had to sit on the sidelines all the time and back up Capt. Kirk during all his daring episodes. I guess you can say space exploration isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be.

Resistance Is Futile (and other casual musings from the world of Sci-Fi)

Star Trek Encounters the Cube of Borg
Star Trek Encounters the Cube of Borg

This much used sci-fi quotation actually was first used by Dr. Who, not the Borg. The Borg is only the latest in a long line of alien entities to issue such an ultimatum to an inferior force. On a more humorous note check out President Obama as a Borg like creature in the caricature spoof at the bottom of the page. In a similar mode, I have included a collection of 13 quotes from both sci-fi writers and sci-fi movie characters. Check these out and see how they differ.         Henri B

Locutus from the Borg in the Star Trek movie
Locutus from the Borg in the Star Trek: First Contact movie


1. “I’m sorry, Dave, I’m afraid I cant do that.” – HAL 9000, 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

2. “Are you telling me you built a time machine… out of a Delorean?” – Marty McFly, Back to the Future (1985)

3. “It is curious how often you humans manage to obtain that which you do not want.”   SPOCK, Star Trek: The Original Series, “Errand of Mercy”

4. “In my experience there is no such thing as luck.” by Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

5. “Quite an experience to live in fear, isn’t it? That’s what it is to be a slave.” -Roy Batty, Blade Runner

6. “(I’m) from another planet. Let’s just say that we’re neighbors.”  Klaatu, The Day the Earth Stood Still

7. “If you’re going to make a science fiction movie, then have a hover craft chase, for God’s sake.”  by Joss Whedon

8. “Hey doll, is this guy boring you? Come and talk to me. I’m from a different planet.” — Zaphod Beeblebrox in Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

9. “Destiny always seems decades away, but suddenly it’s not decades away; it’s right now. But maybe destiny is always right now, right here, right this very instant, maybe.” — Brother Joshua in A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter Miller.

10.  “Do…..or do not. There is no try.” Yoda,  in The Empire Strikes Back

11. Imagination is the key to my lyrics. The rest is painted with a little science fiction.” by Jimi Hendrix

12.  “I realize that command does have its fascination, even under circumstances such as these, but I neither enjoy the idea of command nor am I frightened of it. It simply exists, and I will do whatever logically needs to be done.”   SPOCK, Star Trek: The Original Series, “The Galileo Seven”

13. “Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.” -Philip K. Dick

Obama as a  Borg and Resistance Is Futile
Obama as a Borg and Resistance Is Futile




First Day of Spring

 A Prominent Solar Prominence from SOHO
A Prominent Solar Prominence from SOHO

A Prominent Solar Prominence from SOHO
Credit: SOHOEIT Consortium, ESA, NASA
It’s the first day of spring although it sure doesn’t feel very much like it here in Portland as the overnight temperatures are headed for the teens and then maybe back up to the mid-thirties tomorrow.

Still, the long cold winter is over and everyone is looking forward to the summer, which can’t too far away. I thought this unusual picture of the sun might be good to light the hearts of whoever might need it. What a furnace out star is and how she lights up the day, but what a furnace and fiery inferno she really is, especially up close.

This fascinating picture brings to mind a fascinating book that I just finished reading. It is a book about science fiction. It is not a science fiction story per se, but instead it is a book about how to write science fiction. How I came to read such a tale is a mystery, for I seldom read science fiction and I have no plans to write any in the future. Fantasy perhaps, but science fiction ( and I do use the word very strictly is pretty much beyond my realm).

With all that said and done, I can now say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading “How To Write Science Fiction and Fantasy” by Orson Scott Card, even though I have never read any fiction by the author. The guy really knows how to write and reading his 140 page launch into the fascinating subject was never a dull ride. From debunking the scientific myths of “Star Trek” to some fascinating discussion of real and possible extra terrestrial voyages, Card takes the reader on a wonderful journey not only through the nuts and bolts of science fiction writing, but also a fascinating glimpse into his own successful emergence as a science fiction writer. Check it out, you’ll like it.