Not much to say this month so let’s just get straight down to business.
A quick Geekdom is under attack manifesto from what appears to be a fairly new site.
Remember fam, it’s all one big nerdwar. Focus on the battleground that you know best but remember that Alt-Culture is a combined arms operation. Do your duty and together we can push back the poz.
And in that note Space Ranger Jon Mollison gives a little pep talk to all us eager young space cadets.
So grab your gyrojet carbines and get to your scout ships, boys because those space princesses aren’t going to just escape from those alien doom dungeons without somebody lending a hand, tentacle or other biomechanical grasping device.
Epic Viking squirrel music.
This almost seems to be two separate songs blended together. Definitely high energy and very squirrelly.
J D Cowan Discusses what actually made the X-Men good.
“If you asked anyone in the 1990s why they liked the X-Men you would have few answers beyond the obvious. They had awesome powers. They were cool. They were distinct individuals with their own talents that backed each other up and meshed well in a group. They always take on the bad guys and put aside their own personal grudges to do so. The stories are explosive and fun.
Whatever politics the X-Men were created with were secondary to what kids enjoyed out of them.”
Justin Knight reflects on what drove him to write his latest novel, Praxis.
“I loved the original Alien movie, because it was basically truckers in space. With Praxis, I wanted to do a warehouse in space.”
Diversity and Comics reviews Shirtless Bear Fighter [22 mins]
And he’s not really a fan. This comic seems to have wasted a perfectly good concept, in favor of cramming in lame jokes and completely ham-handed sarcasm.
Edit: Oh Look Somebody decided to DMCA the video in question. How stunning and brave!
Interplanetary Baseball Commissioner Jon Del Arroz discusses the rise of alternative culture [13mins]
Brian Niemeier weighs on Comicsgate
Yakov Merkin‘s second article on writing non-human characters. He gets into the nuts and blots a bit here.
“The first pitfall is obvious. Most readers won’t question a non-human character, but, if by the middle of the book they’re wondering what exactly is alien about this character, you have a problem.”
Looks about right
Paul Lucas reflects upon a Robert. E Howard poem and does an in-depth breakdown.
“The climax of the poem is striking – the Dark Barbarian literally towers over all. He is a massive god looming over the remnants of a crushed civilisation, not just in our minds but literally.“
Forging a French Nail (Early WWI Trench Knife) [6 Mins]
Weapons don’t need to be fancy in order to be deadly. It’s also very sobering to contemplate that a great deal of World War I fighting was done with knives, sharpened entrenching tools or even clubs.
NotJohnDaker muses over how to work Vikings into the ACKS system.
As per this blog’s standard policy MOAR Vikings is better than less Vikings and I must applaud all efforts towards that noble goal.
Outward Bound: Colonizing Titan [31mins]
“This is Titan the frozen flammable gold mine of the solar system.”
Exactly what it says on the tin. Amazing series. Certainly much better Sci-fi than Star Trek Discovery, especially when you consider that its budget could probably be calculated in ramen noodles.
Rawle Nyanzi gives us a post briefly discussing various highly romantic weapons that are in fact quite impractical but always seem to capture the imagination of the audience.
Swords, Spacefighters and Giant Robots sounds like a pretty awesome time.
Anyway that’s all I got for now. People do seem a little interesting in further “Ice Moon Corrigan” writing so I’m trying to plan a little of that out. Corrigan was supposed to get a passing mention in Decisive Action but it’s such an interesting idea for a society that it would be a shame not to play with the ideas just a bit more. We just don’t get enough Christian fanatic super-preppers turning entire moons into heavily fortified monasteries in modern Science Fiction.
But that’s another thought for another day until then For Breyland and for glory!