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Summer movies

In Movies by Lamar Henderson0 Comments

I think it may say something about The Dark Knight Rises that, a week after seeing it, I found the second thing I remember most about it is seeing Brent Briscoe playing a small role as the veteran cop who apologizes to Batman because of his young partner. (Brent and I had an acting class together 31 years ago when …

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The Tomb in the Hills of the Ancients

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On his website Terrible Minds, Chuck Wendig has issued a flash fiction challenge — over the top pulp insanity. Here’s my entry. With an echoing boom, the tomb shook. Debris rained down on Ezekiel’s gear. Once the accumulation of dust, insect carcasses and bat guano stopped, he brushed off the sensor and moved to place it. “Yesu Kristos! Will you …

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America isn’t a business

In Politics by Lamar Henderson0 Comments

A while back, I happened onto a story on the Web about Gene Simmons, bassist for the band Kiss, endorsing Mitt Romney for president. “America is a business and should be run by a businessman,” Simmons said. Well, Gene is entitled to his opinion. He is, after all, a pretty astute businessman himself, being able to carve a nearly 40-year …

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Bxx: Haunted first impressions

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Bxx: Haunted is a new online narrative created by Daniel Knauf, who created the HBO series Carnivalé. I’ve been fiddling with it since a preview went live for a select few (the first 5,000 users who signed up for it) last Friday. I thought I’d note my first impressions. The concept behind Bxx: Haunted is what Knauf calls a “Bxx …

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Reason to Be | The first 500 words

In Fiction by Lamar Henderson2 Comments

Here are the first 500 words of my novel Reason to Be, now in draft 3 (officially).   I remember the first time I saw Diana. I still see her, even now, when I close my eyes, the afterimage of a dream. I remember the way her long, dark hair flowed around her face when she threw her arms around …

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Welcome to Beautiful | Incandescent: Chapter 1

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Incandescent is a serialized novel I started several years ago on Pulp Engine, a pulp-fiction magazine website edited by Lein Shory. Unfortunately, I didn’t get very far into the project before life became too hectic to continue. Here is the first chapter of that story. If there’s any interest, I’ll continue.   “I want to show you a body.” “Oh, …

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The business of censorship

In Culture, Politics by Lamar Henderson0 Comments

There are plenty of people out there who know how you should live your life. Some of these people take the direct approach. If you do something they don’t like, they will confront you directly, sometimes with rhetoric, sometimes with violence. Sometimes, they will convince others in the community to shun you. Shunning has been popular for a long time, …

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Dreamtime returns

In Writing by Lamar Henderson0 Comments

I’ve been thinking about the future lately. I mean that in a purely science-fictional sense (of course). The real initial event that really got me thinking about the future was a video a fellow did, which I saw on io9.com. The fellow goes to great lengths to outline how he would have made Phantom Menace, although he presented his video …

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It’s not easy to be me

In Comics, Writing by Lamar Henderson0 Comments

If I were writing Superman, the first thing I would try to remember is that, although he looks like us, he isn’t one of us. Superman is not human. He is an alien from a species that, for one reason or another, just happens to look enough like humanity for him to be able to pass. For decades, people have …

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It’s all about me | Imaginary Atlas: Part 3

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It’s all about me Since the dawn of history, and likely a lot further back than that, people have thought of our world as the center of the universe. In the Ptolemaic model, it was literally at the center, and all the other bodies in the heavens revolved around it. This model held sway in Western thought for the better …