Category: Science-Fiction

Trailer for Sale or Rent

Every April, the writers of the Cultural Gutter take time out from their assigned area of expertise to write about something else. So I’m going to ramble aimlessly for 2,000 words about road trips. Enjoy! We descended from Ruidoso atop a pine-covered mountain into a red hell of […]

Archaeologists in Space

When I was a lad no older than ten, I was pretty sure I was going to become an archaeologist. This assumption regarding my future profession was based pretty much entirely on having just seen Raiders of the Lost Ark and figuring that the career would lend an […]

The Cosmic Crooner

It begins with an orchestra tuning up. As the cacophony fades into actual music, a familiar voice tinged with melancholy joins in, crooning, “My name is Francis Albert, and I sing love songs, mostly after dark, mostly in saloons” as the backing choir sighs “Francis Albert…Sinatra.” As if […]

Syfy Gets Diverse; Scifi Benefits

In a month during which the Oscars have been rightly lambasted for their frequent exclusion and diminishing of minorities and DC/Warner Brothers trumpeted their upcoming Wonder Woman movie’s feminism by showing off Gal Gadot’s ass and talking about how her true power is her loving, nurturing personality, it’s […]

In This Green and Pleasant Land

The green, mist-shrouded landscape of British folk horror seems at first an off place to go looking for science fiction. Stories about, in film, television, and literature (and doubtless in ribald songs belted out at the local pub where Britt Ekland works) of sinister moors, sylvan glades, and […]

In an Alternate Galaxy Far, Far Away

Man, George Lucas really screwed things up for other Star Wars writers when he decided Luke and Leia were siblings. Poor Alan Dean Foster, unaware that Lucas would come up with that one day and make his book full of “Luke’s face flushed as Leia’s body brushed against […]