Opposable V2.0: It’s Got Emojis!

. Wishing safety and sanity for all. Opposable- Second Edition is ready! It’s been sent to the printer and eBook converter, but I have the PDF proof on my grubby little laptop just waiting for you! IT’S FREE! No strings attached (reviews and feedback are welcome and appreciated). All...
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Which Badass Sci Fi Film Franchise is Healthiest…Now?

. Here’s some more viewing options as the storm clouds of Martial (not Marshall) Law approach. Heck, since we’re gonna be here a while, let’s dive into some franchises! Everyone knows my favorite day of the year is the day most of us observe the start of daylight saving...
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Badass Sci Fi Revamped For 2020!

_ Opposable Relaunch Coming Soon! Then- Spire! The revised edition of Opposable is entering the final stages of preparation for re-release. If you read or purchased the first edition, thank you! Contact me and I’ll hook you up with the new edition! Thanks in large part to writing the...
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NaNoWriMo, HămBōCrăMō, and Showing Opposable Love

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) officially begins November 1 at 12:00:01 a.m., and since I’ll most likely be sporting a massive sugar buzz from binging on Halloween candy, I’ll be writing. NaNoWriMo is a nonprofit organization that focuses on writing fluency education, including a Young Writers Program and Camp...
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The FallCon and the Snowstorm: Weathering- Badass Sci Fi Style

“You’ve been a huge pain in my ass, but at least you’re not a complete moron, […] just overwhelmingly ignorant, […] and honest, as well as dangerously naïve.”– Ashleigh I think she just gave me a double-decker insult sandwich.– Dr. Vanderbilt Taken from Opposable- The Halteres Chronicles- Book One...
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Badass Sci Fi: Building Badder Worlds

Here at Badass Sci Fi, we pride ourselves in making every effort to ensure your Science Fiction experience achieves optimal Badassednessity. On this front, we have failed. In this arena, we got our Badasses dropped, quick. But here at Badass Sci Fi, we don’t run from a fight. We...
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Self-Publishing: A Dream…To Some, A Nightmare To Others!

I’m not going to bury the lead here. This is not an advice column. This is not a list of the 5 to infinity biggest mistakes self-published authors make. And contrary to the imagery, this will not be about how my four-colored pen or laptop is Excalibur, or how...
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Troping Balls: Why Badass Sci Fi Loves Tropes

“A trope, particularly in cinema, since neither of you give off the impression of being well-read, is a widely recognized storytelling convention containing several layers of contextual meaning for the intended audience, thus creating an identifiable visual upon which said observer can relate based on prior knowledge. Examples include...
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Opposable’s Big Day: The Summer Solstice and Badasstronomy

This is the path of a solar system through the cosmos. It’s also the path my mind takes when I start thinking about some of the concepts I tried to integrate into Opposable. June 21st, the Summer Solstice, is a very important day in Opposable. Do you want to...
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BADASS SCI FI BATTLE ROYALE

To Celebrate the Upcoming Launch of Opposable, Badass Sci Fi Gathered Icons of Badass Cinema To Throw Down. Join us in a no holds barred, triple elimination, round robin, Kumite style tournament to decide who (or what) is the most Badass character in cinematic history. The rules are simple,...
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Opposable Has a Rating: B for…You Know

Once I threw down the shackles of inhibition and wrote from the heart, I finally found my voice. I also discovered my heart had some pretty nasty chambers. I realized my voice was crude, and inappropriate, and violent, and often hilarious (at least I think so). Which is not...
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S**t Just Got Real.

Opposable Cover Reveal! The cover is complete; featuring the incredible artwork of Michael Molinet. Mark your calendars. Opposable will be unleashed on the world June 28th! Meet the players (from left to right). Sho- Brimstone Princess Dr. Vanderbilt- Favored Conscript Ottak the Head- COPP (Cephalic Otherworldly Psychic Parasite) Ashleigh-...
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The Wandering Earth: Not Bad, But Not Quite Badass.

In my ongoing quest to define what constitutes Badass Sci Fi; I read, research, search my feelings, and watch movies. The more I investigate, the more I define exactly what it takes for Science Fiction to be Badass. So, as I post reviews, points are given for desired elements...
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Badass Sci Fi, Opposable, and the Library of Congress?

Domestic cat nursing kittens; Tachibana, Morikuni, 1679-1748, artist; 1720. I promise, there’s lots o’ great stuff in this post, including incredible, FREE, sharable images! But first, Toot, Toot! I changed my mind. I didn’t want to bury the lead, but your entertainment is more important to me! While I...
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Opposable Is Coming: New Science Fiction Book Series

Beware.  This could be happening to you. Something is implanting ideas in Dr. Vanderbilt’s mind.  An entity originating two billion light years away, on a planet called Halteres, sends thought spores through the cosmos searching for habitable planets.  The spores, Sparks, germinate in fertile minds, creating a bridge between...
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What Makes A Science Fiction Movie Badass?

You’ve seen the lists. You’ve read the articles. You’ve watched the countdowns. Everyone has their own opinion on the best Badass Sci Fi movies of all time. But what the others fail to do is break the genre down into its basic elements, and create a nifty little scorecard!...
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The Money Shot: Badass Cinematic Decapitations

***WARNING!  READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!*** This my Badass Sci Fi top cinematic decapitation list.  There are many like it, but this one is mine. -Taken from The United States Marine Corps Rifleman’s Creed and Full Metal Jacket. Head trauma is literally the coup de grace of movie violence. ...
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Badass Sci Fi is in Business!

I know, I know.  It seems like I’ve been talking about getting published forever.  I looked in my archives and discovered I finished the first draft of Opposable (sans Halteres) in 2009.  I first started receiving ideas about Halteres proper back in 2003.  These works contain ideas gathered through...
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Why Mortal Engines Stalled

These are good things to know, especially if you’re interested in venturing into the realm of Science Fiction as an author, filmmaker, or even avid fan. I’m a sucker for Sci Fi spectacle; movies like Mortal Engines, Valerian, Chronicles of Riddick, and even Star Wars I-III.  I also gravitate...
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GUNS! GUNS! GUNS!

This my top Badass Sci Fi firearms list.  There are many like it, but this one is mine. -Taken from The United States Marine Corps Rifleman’s Creed and Full Metal Jacket. I scoured the internet and found dozens of lists.  There’s even the IMFDB; The Internet Movie Firearm Database. ...
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GIVE YOUR PAIN A PSEUDONYM

The SCATHE (Self Contained Arca Trochia Hub Engine)- a device actuating the Spire by draining thought energy from favored conscripts (individuals possessing unusually fertile minds). In electrical terms, the favored conscripts act as batteries, Arca Trochia provides the circuit, and the SCATHE is the transformer.  When activated, the SCATHE...
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WATCH OUT FOR THAT BUS!

“See, a movie doesn’t come all on one big reel.  It comes on a few.  So, someone has to be there to switch the projectors at the exact moment that one reel ends and the next one begins.  If you look for it, you can see these little dots...
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Badass Sci Fi Road Trip- Day 5- Part II

Transcription update- FINISHED!  388 entries, 283 pages.  It seems fitting I complete the transcription process as we get to the most crucial part of the road trip in these posts.  Who knows, I may be generous enough to leave in some juicy details today. 06-16-18- Entry 272- [not yet]...
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Badass Sci Fi Road Trip- Day 5- Part I

Transcription update- 378 entries, 270.5 pages.  10 to go.  I WILL be done tomorrow!  But we’re just getting started in Sedona.  Let’s hike, Badass Sci Fi style! I know it’s a little messy, but so was The Second Hike.  Times are in red, so yeah, I started on the...
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Badass Sci Fi Road Trip- Day 4- Part V

Transcription update- 363 entries, 256 pages.  Into day 10; the last full day of the journey, and the longest day of the year!  Which brings me back to today.  Now, I’m juggling three different timelines here.  Where I am in my blog posts, where I am in my transcriptions,...
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Badass Sci Fi Road Trip- Day 4- Part IV

Transcription update- 349 entries, 239 pages.  Finished with Day 8.  What a doozy that was!  Gettin’ down to it.  Now let’s get to Sedona! 06-15-18- Entry 257- Clarkdale, Arizona Clarkdale, Arizona…  Another fucking roundabout.  Sorry, it’s so distracting.  Three miles to Cottonwood…  Another roundabout. Gonna be startin’ into these...
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Badass Sci Fi Road Trip- Day 4- Part III

Transcription update- 341 entries, 230 pages.  Half way through day 8!  We’re getting closer!  Right now, we’re getting closer to Sedona! 06-15-18- Entry 248- Highway 89A East of Prescott Pretty much the Prescott Valley is just…a southern extension of the Chino Valley.  Lots of new housing developments on the...
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Badass Sci Fi Road Trip- Day 4- Part II

Transcription update- 328 entries, 216 pages.  I know, pretty light day, but the end is in sight.  Almost finished with Day 7!  Now let’s get to some serious, secret, special location scouting! 06-15-18- Entry 235- South on 89 Between Ash Fork and Chino Valley …Not completely desolate.  Accessible by...
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Badass Sci Fi Road Trip- Day 4- Part I

Transcription update- 320 entries, 207 pages.  Finished Day 6!  Now let’s get back to Route 66! 06-15-18- Entry 219- Highway 40 East of Kingman, Arizona Headin’ east on 40 into the heart of the sunrise…  Great song by Yes by the way.  Actually we’re not…heading into the heart of...
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Badass Sci Fi Road Trip- Day 3- Part V

Transcription update- 295 entries, 191.5 pages.  Finished with Day 5!  But right now, let’s get back to Route 66… 06-14-18- Entry 206- West on Route 66 between Seligman and Peach Springs How much time am I gonna have after it gets dark…to be on this road?  It’ll be fuckin’...
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Badass Sci Fi Road Trip- Day 3- Part IV

Transcription update- 263 entries, 178 pages.  Finished with day 4.  Made it to Sedona!  But you’ll have to wait for that.  Right now, Route 66!  Let’s go! 06-14-18- Entry 198- Route 66 East of Seligman Maybe…Ashleigh decides to take this…little detour on Route 66…because she is apprehensive about [except...
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Badass Sci Fi Road Trip- Day 3- Part III

No transcription update this time.  I’m gonna do that later whist I have no internet.  Let’s hit it! 06-14-18- Entry 179- Trying to Leave Grand Canyon National Park Karma has struck.  I am the moron.  I have no idea where I am in this park…  Uh, it helps if...
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Badass Sci Fi Road Trip- Day 3- Part II

Transcription update- 255 entries, 165.5 pages.  Just made it to Jerome, Arizona.  Can’t wait to tell you about that incredible little town.  But now, the first hike, part two. 06-14-18- Entry 163- Indian Garden Just got to…just a sec…Indian Garden.  Took me about an hour to get from Pipe...
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Badass Sci Fi Road Trip- Day 3- Part I

Transcription update- 239 entries, 152.5 pages.  More than half way through day four.  But today, the first hike.  Let’s get to it! 06-14-18- Entry 154- On 64 north heading to the Grand Canyon So, I’m on my way back to the Grand Canyon!  Missed the sunrise, but it’s comin’...
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Badass Sci Fi Road Trip- Day 2- Part VII

Transcription update- 214 Entries, 139 pages.  Finished with day 3!  I promise, I’m more judicious with subsequent days.  You’ll love it!  And now, the aftermath of my night stroll… 06-13-18- Entry 147- Near [location deleted] in the Grand Canyon National Park So that was a fuckin’ adventure!  My little…attempt...
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Badass Sci Fi Road Trip- Day 2- Part VI

Transcription Update- 205 Entries, 128.1 pages.  I’m gonna warn you right now; I’m getting scared just thinking about writing this next post… 06-13-18- Entry 146- East on 64 through Grand Canyon National Park Goin’ east on 64…backtrackin’ a little bit…’cause I wanted to get a feel…for what it’s like...
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Badass Sci Fi Road Trip- Day 2- Part V

Transcription update; 194 entries, 118 pages.  Exactly half way through.  We’re really scootin’ now!  Let’s get back to the Grand Canyon! 06-13-18- Entry 142- Grand Canyon South Rim near Yavapai Point and Geology Museum Just got finished…watchin’ the sun set over Grand Canyon.  It’s about 8:05 Pacific Daylight time. ...
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Badass Sci Fi Road Trip- Day 2- Part IV

Gettin’ back in rhythm after the holiday.  159 entries, 102 pages.  Let’s get right to it! 06-13-18- Entry 135- Grand Canyon South Rim There are points on the road where I’m all by myself at either 11:40 or 10:40 depending on the time zone.  The conifers are much taller...
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Badass Sci Fi Road Trip- Day 2- Part III

Alright, back to it.  149 Entries, 94 pages.  I know, I’m slowing down, but it’s a holiday week and family is important.  I’m squeezin’ in as much writing as I can during the quiet moments. Well, let’s quit wasting time and get into some ‘deep’ thoughts about the Grand...
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The Secrets of Octor Sulcus Revealed

But not now.  What I will tell you; I’m lying in the dark in an upstairs bedroom at my family’s cabin.  And I’m trying to be quiet.  I challenged myself to post every day until I completed the Badass Road Trip.  This day got a little away from me,...
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Badass Sci Fi Road Trip- Day 2- Part II

Transcription update- 146 Entries, 90 pages.  What, you only did 3 entries?  Listen, one was 19:46 and I talked the whole time.  Six and a quarter pages for that one alone. I’m also gonna tell you, there are no visuals for this post other than maps.  Just the ramblings...
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Finally! Day Two! Badass Sci Fi Road Trip- Day 2- Part I

Transcription update- 143 Entries, 82.33 pages.  Almost finished with day two!  Many maps required for this stretch.  There’s some fantastic detail coming up as I journey through the Grand Canyon.  But first… 06-13-18- Entry 98- Cortez, Colorado “Could be…Gauge’s hometown.  It’s a little, it’s a lot bigger than Dolores. ...
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Badass Sci Fi Road Trip- Day 1- Part V

Transcription update.  120 entries transcribed.  69 pages.  About a third of the way through day two.  Almost to the Grand Canyon!  I can’t wait to share.  But first, lets put a ribbon on an ‘extraordinary’ (we’ll get to that later) day 1. 06-12-18- Entry 91- Between Rico and Dolores...
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Badass Sci Fi Road Trip- Day 1- Part III

I know, I keep changing the name.  Good news; I finally finished transcribing the first day’s voice notes!  95 entries, 54 pages.  Bad news; I’ll probably have to redo the first 40 or so, because not only was I just getting my transcribing legs, but…well, that’s it.  Good news;...
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Opposable Road Trip- Day 1- Part II

I got through transcribing 63 voice entries, hand writing 30 pages and taking a total of about 10 hours.  Updated calculations- 185 pages and 62 hours to complete.  Now, these are not ‘notes’.  This is not a summary, it’s a true transcript.  I’m putting in every er, um, pause,...
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Opposable Road Trips- Day 1- Part I

Eleven days, 3500 miles, 1200 pictures, 388 digital voice recordings, and 3 videos later, I’ve returned home.  Home; where Dexter is, where my stuff sits, where I pay rent, utilities, and other assorted bills, but not where I live. My road trips (plural, but we’ll get to that later)...
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Epic Trailer Music and Soundtrack Mayhem

I know I’ve written about this before, but music is so important to my creative process that I just have to continue sharing it!  So, get on the mother F-ing mother ship and strap in while I crank some tunes! I’m always trying to update my music library, and...
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Character Stroganoff

Okay, I admit it.  I’m having a little trouble gaining traction with continuing the Halteres saga.  “What’s your friggin’ problem?”, you might say.  To which I say, “Shut up.” in the most politely defensive way possible.  (Yes, to those who’ve been following, ‘shut up’ is a term of endearment,...
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HămBōCrăMō Summer Cram!

Sorry for the short notice, but this shit starts today!  30… Scratch that. No excuses.  No regrets.  No promises.  No prisoners. Actions speak louder than words, but words ARE my action.  So, words will speak louder than action! Shut up, Dave.  Words are very necessary.  I fight a life...
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Don’t Reinvent the Universe

For me, creating a universe is fun.  I love doing the research, exploring the possibilities, honing in on the fantastic, and somehow making it plausible. Some people build houses…I build worlds.  Two and a half of them, to be exact. So why am I having such a hard time...
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Quantum Mental Hobbling

Tesla Style… And I’m telling you right now; Ghasm does NOT appreciate it! But somehow, the rest of us do… I didn’t wake up this morning expecting to think.  But then again, I don’t really have a choice in the matter.  I have chosen (for the most part) to...
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Half Bad. Half-Ass. All Badass.

Well, he got the half-ass part right.  More like no ass.  If you hadn’t noticed (only RJT seems to), Badass Sci Fi has been dormant for awhile.  The master’s been busy, or preoccupied, or scared, or just plain friggin lazy. Well, I decided I should step in.  If you’re...
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Badass Sci Fi- Black and Blue

Just to forewarn you, I’m probably gonna be all over the place here.  Such is my mind, and such shall be my posts.  Stick around and enjoy the collapsing star. First off, I want to assure you, contrary to what you may have heard (or not heard, more likely),...
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Bloody Knuckles

You have no idea what you’ve unleashed. I have an idea. That’s right, you had an idea, but this reality is far worse than anything you could’ve imagined. What the hell are you talking about? That’s right…I mean, sit down.  I’m going to show you.  Now it’s your turn...
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Restitution For My Resolutions

I don’t make new resolutions every year, I carry the ones from years past behind me like loose threads from torn seams on tattered jeans I know I should donate.  But they’re so comfortable.  Yeah, letting yourself down becomes comfortable, too. Every year, I dust my neglected old resolutions...
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HămBōCrăMō

So, life threw me a curve ball, then it plunked me in the face with a high hard one, then, while I was writhing in pain in the batter’s box, it stomped on my groin with a set of dull, steel spikes. But now it’s 2018.  I know it’s...
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IN-SPIRE-D!

The I is active.  My mind is ablaze with ideas.  I can’t control them, but the I can.  That’s the problem, and that’s the solution.  I figure I figure too much to figure it out, so I’ll let the I do it for me. I must share, but beware. ...
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BRUCE CAMPBELL- BASED ON A GROOVY STORY- PT. III

So what’s the big deal?  Is it some kind of irrational obsession, or maniacal fanaticism, with a false idol?  I don’t think so.  Somehow, Bruce gives RJT and I a good measure of vicarious escapism, because above all, he’s human, he’s fallible…big time. In the days leading up to...
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SPIRE- THE NEXT EVOLUTION OF HALTERES

Inspire. Conspire. Expire. My ideas have a incubation period.  If I hatch them too soon, I get Halteres.  If I wait a little longer, I get Opposable.  And when they tear themselves from my mental womb, I get SPIRE. While I still consider Halteres and Opposable commendable endeavors, able...
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BRUCE CAMPBELL- BASED ON A GROOVY STORY- PT. II

What?  Two posts in one week?  Slow down! Where did I leave off?  Oh, yeah, 1993.  I’d just witnessed the greatest cinematic event in my life, Army of Darkness, at the first cineplex known to man; Union Plaza on 6th and Simms (this was also the first stop in...
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BRUCE CAMPBELL- BASED ON A GROOVY STORY- PT. I

I met Bruce Campbell, and it was literally everything I imagined it would be, with a little help from my friend RJT. Me, BRUCE, RJT, and the boomstick! Now, I’m not gonna to lie to you, I’m gonna lie to you.  Just a little bit o’ lies, mind you. ...
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FIRST IMAGES OF HALTERES CAPTURED!

First of all, I want to thank everyone who liked, followed, and shared Badass Sci Fi!  Now hop on board, I have something to show you.  It’s beautiful! I know, I know.  I just got done debating the merits of worldbuilding, and what’s the first thing I do?  Spend...
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MISADVENTURES IN WORLDBUILDING

Well, this post is going to veer into a much different direction than I first intended.  It was supposed to be an inspirational piece about how one can follow a singular vision to create a fantastic alternate universe.  “This means something.  This is important.” Yeah, something like that. A...
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THE BADASS SCI FI JUGGERNAUT

I feel very fortunate to have secured the Badassscifi.com domain, as well as associated email, Facebook, and twitter. This, I do not regard lightly.  I want to represent the vision that is Badass Sci Fi with honor, energy, and imagination.  Thus, I give to you the first incarnation of...
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TOR-GNAT-O!, FLY-CERATOPS, AND CAT-ASTEROID-OPHE!

Watch the skies, especially during the eclipse (but not without your special eclipse glasses)! I know I’m a little behind the curve (Hey, I’ve been working…kind of…on this site.), but I recently started watching the new-ish MST3K.  When I got to Episode 4- Avalanche!, Jonah, Tom Servo, and Crow...
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CONFESSIONS OF A GOREHOUND

***DISCLAIMER- GORY CONTENT!  FOR ADULTS ONLY!*** Ha!  I knew you couldn’t suppress your morbid curiosity. So, I just scored tickets for my BFCF RJT and myself to a very exclusive IN-PERSON event with none other than Bruce ‘Ash’ Campbell!  I haven’t been this excited since Mike Patton crowd surfed...
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WHAT IS BADASS SCI FI?

I often wonder (probably too often) what exactly constitutes Badass Sci Fi. ‘Unfortunately, no one can be told what Badass Sci Fi is. You have to see it for yourself.’ I’ll probably end up telling you eventually, but I’m a little tired tonight, so a visual explanation will have...
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LAUNCH- BSF V2017.0813

Good news!  The badassscifi.com domain has been successfully mapped to this here new and much improved site! Bad News!  There are still some bugs with the email notifications, as the news feed is still also tied to the Google feedburner, and the domain still links to content on the...
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GORE-GHASM

  This is your final resting place for all things gore, and horror, and terror, and suspense (boring!).  Let’s stick with the gore! No, no I am not.  Now quit bothering me, I’m stitching together a blog!...
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