Category Archives: nonfiction

SIX OF THE BEST… times the hero and the villain teamed up

I’m kind of surprised that it took me this long to write a hero/villain team-up column.

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SIX OF THE WORST… Halloween costume choices I’ve made

I’ve made some pretty questionable Halloween costume choices over the years. That’s it. That’s the whole tease.

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SIX OF THE BEST… rules for naming your characters

With NaNoWriMo coming up, I wanted to do a column about character naming. Because nobody needs to read a book with someone named Ebony Dark’ness Dementia Raven Way.

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SIX OF THE BEST… things about Planet Builders

This week’s column is about my favorite sci-fi book series growing up. It still (mostly) holds up today. There’s no movie or TV series of Planet Builders. But there should be.

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SIX OF THE BEST… things The Orville did better than Star Trek: Discovery

I really wanted to like Star Trek: Discovery, but CBS and Paramount are making it really hard. Meanwhile, The Orville is fun, funny, and hopeful. It’s much better than Discovery. Here’s why.

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SIX OF THE WORST… things about Toys

When I was a teenager, I really liked the Robin Williams film Toys. But when I watched it with my wife and daughter earlier this year, it was surprising just how much of it didn’t hold up in any way whatsoever.

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Star Trek: The Next Generation — A 30th Anniversary Quiz

In honor of Star Trek: the Next Generation‘s 30th anniversary, which is today (the premiere aired September 28, 1987), here’s a fun little exercise inspired by Susana “@NerdGerhl” Polo’s tweet from last September: Quick, describe the plot of your favorite Star … Continue reading

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SIX OF THE BEST… TNG episodes, part 2

Almost ready to wrap up the 30th anniversary celebration of Star Trek: the Next Generation. Just one more post tomorrow, on the 30th anniversary of the pilot episode. Meanwhile, here’s the rest of my top-12 list.

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SIX OF THE BEST… TNG episodes, part 1

You can’t do a 30th-anniversary celebration of any TV show, let alone Star Trek:TNG, without a best episodes list. So here’s the first part of mine.

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SIX OF THE BEST… recurring characters on TNG

Personally, I liked Ensign Ro the best, but that doesn’t mean she was the best recurring character. Here are six of the best of them.

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SIX OF THE WORST… TNG misfires

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Star Trek: the Next Generation, I’m reviving some of my 25th-anniversary columns and reworking them a little. Here’s the first, and it’s about mistakes.

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SIX OF THE BEST… reasons not to watch The Defenders

I really wanted to like The Defenders. At least, I wanted to like it more than I actually did. This column contains spoilers.

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SIX OF THE BEST… little annoyances on TV shows (that I just can’t ignore)

Journalism careers do not work the way they do on most TV shows. It drives me crazy. So I wrote a column about how it bugs me, and how other things on TV bug me.

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SIX OF THE BEST… Haven troubles

The “troubles” are supernatural afflictions affecting the townspeople of Haven, Maine, on a show called Haven that originally aired on SyFy. The show is now on Netflix, and I figured I should finish watching it after only making it through two seasons … Continue reading

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SIX OF THE BEST… weird dreams I keep having

I’m posting this late today because I fell asleep and I dreamed. A lot. But not about any of these six things, interestingly.

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SIX OF THE WORST… things your company can do if you have anxiety

My company has been on a “get to know how everyone works together” kick, which is a great idea. But it terrifies people who suffer from anxiety. Not that that’s going to stop them, despite the fact that about 18% … Continue reading

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SIX OF THE BEST… things about fidget spinners

I got a fidget spinner yesterday. Of course I’m going to write a column about it.

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SIX OF THE BEST… numbers on Dark Matter

I like the SyFy TV show Dark Matter. Each of the main characters — at least, the core ones — are numbered. There are six of them. You know what that means.

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SIX OF THE BEST… memories I have of watching GLOW

Of course I watched GLOW on Netflix. Like there’s any doubt in your mind that I would have done.

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SIX OF THE WORST… ways to get me to come back to your website

Do you want me to never come back to your website? Because this is how you get me to never come back to your website.

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