My long relationship with science-fiction television…

The way it was. When I was a kid there was an emergent wave of science fiction and fantasy films in the multiplexes.  “Star Wars,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and “Superman: The Movie,” as well as countless lesser-quality imitators of each, such as “Starcrash” (an exceptionally awful movie), “Hangar 18” (a dumbed-down “X-Files”…

Ursula K. LeGuin (1929-2018), a truly effective dreamer…

This marks my 100th posting on Musings of a Middle-Aged Geek, and sadly, it’s a memorial. I just learned that one of my favorite authors, Ursula K. Le Guin, passed away today at the age of 88. I wish I could say that I’ve read everything that she’s ever written, but I’ve read only a few of…

Why Sci-Fi?

This post is going to be a personal exploration as much as an exposition, since I’m not quite sure what the final answer to the headline will be, but I’m curious to find out: why do I enjoy science fiction so much? There are certainly plenty of other genres out there.  There’s comedy, horror, drama,…