Tag Archives: Science Fiction

Writing Prompt – Ship in a Bottle

You find a ship in a bottle . . . with people onboard. First decide where you find the bottle. It could be in a ship captain’s quarters, in a museum, in an antique shop, or somewhere else. This will … Continue reading

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Writing Prompt – Visiting Auschwitz

I had originally planned to post my next prompt on Friday or this weekend, but I finished it early. I am also interested in people’s thoughts on it. Sometimes a story can serve as a reminder of terrible deeds of … Continue reading

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Writing Prompt – Some Reanimated DNA

A scientist acquires what he thinks is dinosaur DNA and uses methods inspired by Jurassic Park to bring it to life . . ., but it is not dinosaur DNA. It is Grendel’s DNA. Someone could write this as a … Continue reading

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Pros and Cons of a World with the OASIS

By now many people have seen the movie Ready Player One. If you have not read the book, then I recommend you do so. The movie (directed by Steven Spielberg) is about 10% based on the book by Ernest Cline. … Continue reading

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Two Writing Prompts Collide

While sitting in my car one morning before work last week I looked through a list of speculative fiction writing prompts. Two of them especially caught my eye, and I thought it would be fun to see how different people … Continue reading

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A Cell Phone in the Oasis

I have commented briefly in other posts on how people are addicted to their cell phones today. For example, sometimes when I am standing in line at a restaurant I will notice the people. I often see people who are … Continue reading

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Theological Themes in “The Black Hole (1979)”

I am finally returning to my movie reviews focusing on theological and philosophical themes. I had planned months ago to return to writing them, but they fell to the side as I wrote other posts. All that time these continued … Continue reading

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“The Watery Place Your People Call Venus”

In his short story, “The Watery Place” (1956), Isaac Asimov writes about a sheriff and his deputy sitting in the sheriff’s station in Twin Gulch, ID. The sheriff has various business interests in addition to his work as a sheriff, … Continue reading

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More Time Travel Stories (Please Hand Me Some Advil)

The Terminator movies provide another example of how time travel stories can become confusing. At the beginning of Terminator 2: Judgment Day we learn that Judgement Day (when Skynet launches the nuclear missiles and causes the nuclear holocaust) is on August 29, … Continue reading

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What Would Sisko Write?

At my job I have abundant time to think. On Tuesday I was thinking about the Deep Space Nine episode “Far Beyond the Stars” (season 6, episode 13). Ben Sisko is discouraged when he hears that a friend’s ship was … Continue reading

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