The Final Frontier: The Top 10 Most Sexist Moments in Star Trek: The Original Series

Equality and respect… The final frontier. It’s no secret that J.J. Abrams’s reboot of the Star Trek series has caught some flak for its representation of women. Not only did many viewers and critics believe the importance of the reboot’s female characters was downplayed—their roles reduced to simply supporting the white, male leads—but Star Trek: Into Darkness also featured a […]

Turning Reality Into Fantasy: Birds of Terror

During his voyage to the Galapagos Islands in 1831, Charles Darwin observed and classified finch species.  The varying attributes and behaviors of these birds led Darwin to conclude that it was not by mere serendipity that each was so well-suited to its environment and lifestyle. A narrow, sharp beak gave one species the advantage over another for boring through […]

Why Do Sequels Suck? Comparing and Contrasting the Good, the Bad, and the Barf-tastic

Picture this. A great movie is released and gains critical acclaim. It dominates the box office and leaves audiences clamoring for more. Giddy with their own success, creators comply, announcing that the next chapter is on its way! Yeah, baby! A sequel: more of what you loved—bigger, better, faster, and stronger. But somewhere along the way, […]

The Downfall of Science – DNA, High-Tech Detectives and Public Ire

This text below is an excerpt from The Night Also Rises, a science-fiction/noir mystery novel in the hardboiled detective tradition, written and self-published by C.B. McCullough. Perhaps the proverbial scene of the crime conjures images of dusting for fingerprints or scanning for biological material.  Perhaps it evokes thoughts of taking blood samples or running DNA database queries. If […]