Category Archives: fiction


Work In Progress: Red Menace fan art

Just thought I’d share a little personal project I’ve spent the last few evenings on. Dr. Wainright and Podge in all their glory. It’s still a work in progress, but I thought it was starting to look good enough to share a peek.


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Posted by on September 24, 2014 in fan fiction, fiction


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Review: One Horse Open Slay: A Crag Banyon Mystery

One Horse Open Slay: A Crag Banyon Mystery
One Horse Open Slay: A Crag Banyon Mystery by James Mullaney
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I might be a bit biased for this book because I painted the cover, but I found the book to be a great light hearted romp in fantasy. In the tradition of the Eddy Bear mysteries and the Dirk Gently mysteries, Mullaney turns the detective novel on its ear. The lovable but gruff detective, Crag Banyon has been framed for the murder of one of Santa’s little helpers, and it leads him on a journey through the seedier side of the North Pole.

Mullaney does a great job of breathing new life into familiar figures and breaking down your preconceived notions of the holidays. There’s a chase scene near the end that isn’t to be missed. If you enjoy detective stories mixed with a healthy dose of humor, you’ll likely find this to be a grand romp!

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Lone Star Planet by H.Beam Piper

Lone Star Planet Lone Star Planet by H. Beam Piper

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a quick, fun read. It’s basically a western, a political satire, and sci-fi rolled into one. Being from Texas, I enjoyed the fantasy of Texas being its own sovereign planet, and the characterizations of the prominent figures could have been based on people I know very well. I know some of the intent was probably to poke a little fun at Texans, and our unique sense of justice, but I found myself fascinated with the prospect of some of the more outrageous parodies being implemented. The story has everything you’d pretty much expect; there’s intrigue, villainous rogues, lovable rogues, the Foghorn Leghorn type guy, the timid government officials, courtroom drama, and a gunfight or two. If this were a movie, you’d likely either mock it for its lack of substance, or laud it for its heaping helping of fun!

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Posted by on March 25, 2011 in fiction, review


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Review: Pictures at 11

Pictures at 11Pictures at 11 by Norman Spinrad
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

At first, I had my doubts, as the book seemed slow to start. However, after making it about 40 pages in, the action and suspense started kicking in. The obvious comparisons to “Network” not withstanding, I found the book to be quite entertaining, if not a little predictable. It’s one of those stories that you know how it has to end, and you kind of get frustrated with the characters because you spot stuff before they do, but it still manages to throw in a surprise or two and does a good job of maintaining a healthy sense of tension and doubt. It absolutely reads like a movie, which is oddly poignant given the message of the book.

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Posted by on December 21, 2010 in fiction, review, Uncategorized


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Everybody Should Have a Theme Song

While checking out one of my favorite diy technology blogs, Make, I found a site featured there that I thought was pretty cool. let’s you input the url of any website, and based on the underlying code of that website, it builds a song.  It’s actually surprisingly good.  Though it seems to come out differently each time, gentlemanbeggar keeps sounding like some sort of cheesy 80’s sci-fi tv show;  I think that’s pretty darned cool.

So tune in on Tuesday nights at 8:00 for vectrix, starring Sam J. Jones as Dr. Rock Sexington, the crime fighting cyborg college professor who rides his computerized motorcycle around the countryside searching for his long lost father-turned-fugitive, Richard Von Sexington, played by the irascible Paul Dooley.

"vectrix" title screen

Click here for the Vectrix theme.


Posted by on March 4, 2010 in fiction, music, tongueincheek


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