Chessiecon 2017

Chessiecon 2017

November 27, 2017 dkeener 0

I went to Chessicon again this year, which is a small, regional convention held in Timonium, MD. As per usual over this holiday weekend, I could only free up my schedule for one day, so I attended on Saturday. I had an excellent day, and here are the sessions and […]

Justice League

Justice League: Surprisingly Watchable

November 21, 2017 dkeener 0

My brother dragged me to see Justice League, the new DC superhero movie, last Thursday for its early premiere. Technically, it’s the fifth movie in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU), DC’s answer to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Of course, Marvel has had 17 successful movies compared to DC’s five […]

Olympus Mons and Arizona

Inspiration: Olympus Mons and Arizona

November 17, 2017 dkeener 0

Our inspiration this week is the long-dead volcano on Mars, Olympus Mons. As you can see in the accompanying image, the mountain is literally as big as the entire state of Arizona. It has a height of 13.6 miles (or 22 kilometers or 72,000 feet, take your pick). In short, […]

Profile: Guerra ("War")

Profile: Guerra

November 14, 2017 dkeener 0

Guerra is the wildcard in my upcoming novella, “Rise or Die,” the sequel to my novella “Clash by Night.” He’s a seventeen-year-old warlord in conflict-ravaged Brazil, forged in the crucible of deadly asymmetric warfare since he was four years old. He’s got more bonafide combat hours than most soldiers ever […]

Doc Savage vs. Terminator

Monday Mashup: Doc Savage vs. Terminator

November 12, 2017 dkeener 0

Today’s mashup is a fake book cover featuring the inimitable pulp hero, Doc Savage, vs. the Terminator, from the famous movie franchise. Doc Savage was featured in his own magazine in the 1930s and 1940s, a response to a similar magazine featuring the Shadow. All of the Doc Savage stories […]

Profile: Carlitos Paiva

Profile: Carlitos Paiva

November 7, 2017 dkeener 0

Carlitos Paiva is the villain in my upcoming novella, “Rise or Die” (Editorial Note: Later renamed to “Clash by Night” when it was published in an anthology). In 2114, he and his hand-picked unit are military advisors in Brazil during a long, long civil war. Unfortunately, he’s working for the […]

Khalish, the God of Forlorn Hopes

The Whispering Voice

November 5, 2017 dkeener 0

I just finished a new short story, around 6400 words, called “The Whispering Voice.” I’m submitting it for the anthology, “Second Round: A Return to the Ur-Bar,” edited by Joshua Palmatier and Patricia Bray (wish me luck). It’s a sequel to the original anthology, “After Hours: Tales from the Ur-Bar,” […]