While I like John de Lancie, I always found Q to be both irritating and a crashing bore. They wrote him correctly: he's a god, and gods do not change, do not learn from their mistakes or from their victories. And consequently, they're boring. » 3/27/15 5:33pm Yesterday 5:33pm

Wild-eyed SF speculation: what if this was used and it not only discovered a Dyson sphere, but found that we are inside one? A one-way Dyson sphere that admits a full spectrum of energy, but lets none escape. Perhaps 50 light years in diameter. It could use the energy from all the stars in that sphere — a thousand?… » 3/26/15 10:34am Thursday 10:34am

I don't seem to have any enthusiasm for the return of "The X-Files." I think it's because, over the course of the show, it became painfully clear that the show had no solution to the various mysteries they had proposed, to the conspiracies they had offered, and for me, a whodunit lacking a "who" is a complete waste of… » 3/24/15 11:04am Tuesday 11:04am

Before we started getting actual data on other solar systems, I always thought of Mercury as being as close to the sun as a world could be. Now, we find out about Jupiter-size worlds orbiting far, far closer to their primary than our Mercury ever dreamed of being, possibly even being on the death-plunge into their sun… » 3/24/15 8:10am Tuesday 8:10am

"Killer in the Rain" by Raymond Chandler. A collection of Chandler's short stories that appeared in the pulp magazines Black Mask, Dime Detective, and Detective Story, before he "cannibalized" them and used their component parts in his novels The Big Sleep, The Long Goodbye, Farewell My Lovely, others. Great pulp… » 3/16/15 7:47am 3/16/15 7:47am

Would the early 20th century genre for — not sure what to call it — miscegenation apocalypse? stories about the good white Americans/northern Europeans being overwhelmed by the non-white Communist/Socialist/Whateverist hordes fall under "Unspecified," "Human Decline," or are they non-categorized? I think Floyd… » 3/12/15 6:32am 3/12/15 6:32am