“Blind Faith In Your Leaders Will Get You Dead”: Today’s COVID Reality Has Much In Common With Hollywood Warnings

In a world full of tension and uncertainty, the word “Dystopia” has never rung so true, probably since the Great Depression. How we cope with the new reality we find presented is determined by the pre-programming we’ve received in the past: the television programs we’ve watched, books we’ve read, and the politicians we’ve witnessed, and…

Hollywood’s The Blob Offers Some Real Life Advice

For any diehard sci-fi horror film buff, particularly of the dated, cheesy kind, Steve McQueen’s The Blob is essential viewing. Recently, after reading about the latest Paris Zoological pet, an inexplicable “essentially immortal” brainless creature that can adapt through memories, I revisited this early film with a writer’s “what if” in mind. I couldn’t help…

What is Dystopian Fiction?

As a sub-genre of science fiction, the popular dystopian novel can challenge readers’ views about current social and political climates, offer warnings, and in some instances, inspire action. But how is dystopian fiction determined?