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Time Travel Pitfalls Part 3: Forget all the rules if you’ve got character

The thing was, I loved the animated film of the Flashpoint Paradox which I have just been slagging off.  Despite my problems with the main plot, it was great to see very different versions of well-known characters in dystopian situations.  … Continue reading

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The Pitfalls of Writing Time Travel, Part 2

2) Don’t get bogged down in the rules The finest films to feature time travel avoid detail about how it works.  Take Terminator: when Kyle Reese is asked about the time machine, he snaps “I didn’t build the thing!” You … Continue reading

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The pitfalls of writing time travel (part one)

Time travel is a wondrous gift that keeps giving to science fiction.  It has become as important a staple as the intelligent machine or the spacecraft.  This is how it should be.  As Terry Pratchett said, if only one person … Continue reading

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A rant about the film “Arrival”

Don’t let me spoil this film for you.  It is very well done and enjoyable, especially the first encounter with the aliens.  Most people won’t have a problem with the ending, or if they do, it won’t be as extreme … Continue reading

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A Rant about the Arrival film [Spoilers after intro paras]

Don’t let me spoil this film for you. It is very well done and enjoyable, especially the first encounter with the aliens. Most people won’t have a problem with the ending, or if they do, it won’t be as extreme … Continue reading

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Sadly Predictable

In 1929, the Wall Street Crash happened. Its effects were felt all over the world. Times became hard, or harder. When people become stressed they become more extreme politically, more insular. They tend to think in black-and-white, all-or-nothing terms. They … Continue reading

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Nitpickers’ shame: Interstellar

My name is James, and I am a nitpicker. I am sorry but I can’t control myself and will nitpick now, but at least I will warn people and do it in a form that can be ignored if they … Continue reading

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