2021 Badass Sci Fi Battle Royale Bracket Set. Get Yours Now!
Don’t lie, your ‘other’ bracket imploded because you rode the Big 10 to utter defeat. Well, worry not, Badass Sci Fi offers you a bracket guaranteed to explode. Battle Royale 2021 approaches, and no matter who loses, you win. We finally deciphered our multi-tiered, nested ranking algorithms. Then we...Read More
We’re Ready! Beta Readers Needed for Spire.
Hello there! I hope you’re all doing well. I’ll keep this short and sweet. Spire is ready for eyes other than mine. If you read Opposable and would be interested in being a beta reader for the follow-up, Spire, hop on board! If you haven’t read Opposable, but are...Read More
Badass Sci Fi: “Building Badder Worlds”
“Building Badder Worlds”; it’s not just a cheesy ripoff of the Weyland-Yutani slogan, but Badass Sci Fi’s mission. Now, I’m no expert worldbuilding guy, but I do tinker a bit. I know worldbuilding is more than slapping a bunch of continents on a globe and naming them, but let’s...Read More
Badass Sci Fi Update- January 2021- Opposable Reviews, Spire Progress, and 3 New Pages for the Website
Greetings! I hope your new year is starting out well. It’s about to get weller. Here’s your Badass Sci Fi Update for January 2021: more positive reviews for Opposable, three new pages on the website, and we’re still in need of some beta readers for Spire. Here’s another positive...Read More
Badass Sci Fi Dominates NaNoWriMo. Spire Coming Soon. Beta Readers Needed.
For the third year in a row, and four out of the last five, Badass Sci Fi grabbed NaNoWriMo by the scruff and dragged it through over fifty thousand words of badassery. As a result of our domination, Spire evolved from random, scattered chapters to a cohesive story, and...Read More
The Horrors of Location Scouting (Implementation)
Happy Halloween and NaNo Eve! Let’s chat about location scouting. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my road trips and location scouting. I consider it an essential part of my writing and a luxury I do not take for granted. The horror comes when tasked with culling my experience...Read More
Opposable: Free and Fork-Proof
Opposable: Free and Fork-Proof Howdy! I hope everyone is doing well. Big news! Opposable will be free, but only for three days (Oct. 27 – Oct. 29)! Why? Let’s see… To celebrate Halloween? Maybe. To celebrate NaNoWrimo and the anticipated first draft completion of Opposable‘s sequel, Spire? Sure, why...Read More
Opposable Review- Amanja Reads Too Much- 4/5 😼🚀Cats In Space
First off, I’d like to thank Amanja for reviewing Opposable for her fantastic blog, Amanja Reads Too Much! She has the voice of a true aficionado and posts reviews of novels, graphic novels, comics, non-fiction, and more all the time. Check it out! Then read the full reviews of...Read More
Badass Sci Fi’s Back to School Special
Badass Sci Fi’s Back to School Special Badass Sci Fi’s interests never stray far from the realm of education. Back to school offers a special feeling of exhilaration and dread found nowhere else in life. And here at BSF, we aim not only to entertain, but inform. Now, I...Read More
Badass Sci Fi Loves Lucy- The Evolution of Opposable (Minds)- Part 3
Badass Sci Fi Loves Lucy- The Evolution of Opposable (Minds)- Part 3 Here it is, the post you’ve all been waiting for. After a crude lesson on human evolution and an introductory course on anatomy and physiology of the opposable thumb, it’s finally time to enter the realm of...Read More
Badass Sci Fi Loves Lucy- The Evolution of Opposable (Thumbs)- Part 2
Badass Sci Fi Loves Lucy- The Evolution of Opposable (Thumbs)- Part 2 In the previous post, we discussed why Badass Sci Fi loves Lucy (2014) and Lucy (3.2 mya). We also looked at the science in science fiction, and dispelled the 10% brain use myth. Finally, we subjected ourselves...Read More
Badass Sci Fi Loves Lucy- The Evolution of Opposable (Thumbs)- Part 1
Badass Sci Fi Loves Lucy- The Evolution of Opposable (Thumbs)- Part 1 I know what you’re thinking. That’s a lie. I don’t. I haven’t taken any CPH4. What I do know, however, is Badass Sci Fi loves Lucy. But, why? Firstly, Lucy wears it’s flaws on its sleeveless cocktail...Read More
Palace of Ultimate Badasses- Vote Now! Then Read Opposable.
To celebrate Opposable being chosen as a finalist for the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA) EVVY awards, we’re opening a new wing here at Badass Sci Fi. Help me choose the first class! The Palace of Ultimate Badasses (PUB) will honor the best of the best actors, directors, protagonists,...Read More
Badass Sci Fi’s History of 2020 Future Nows- Part 1
Dystopias, Post-Apocalyptic Wastelands, Cities of the Future, Dragons; Sci Fi has always given us plenty to look forward to, but what happens when we look back at futures that are supposed to be happening now? Listen, I already know this post is gonna be a friggin train wreck caused...Read More
Badass Sci Fi Best of the ’90s- #11-20
First, let’s recognize the also-rans, #21-50, in chronological order. #20 SPECIES (1995) Species, directed by Roger Donaldson (Dante’s Peak, Cocktail), just beat out Guillermo Del Toro’s Mimic (1997), and Peter Hyams’ The Relic (1997) in the mid-’90s creature feature explosion category. First, it’s got a great cast, including Ben...Read More
Opposable is Free! Badass Sci Fi Needs Your Help to Make it Huge!
Greetings Allies! To celebrate the one year anniversary of Opposable‘s original launch date, Father’s Day, the Summer Solstice, and the 30th anniversary of Robocop 2, Total Recall, and Ghost Dad’s release (all released in June 1990), I’m running my first free promo on Amazon! I need help! And I...Read More
5 Badass Sci Fi Guilty Pleasures (And One Great Deal)
I’m not abandoning my series on sci fi movies in the ’90s (entirely), but after stumbling across an interesting article, I had to respond. Plus, the Opposable ebook will be available for free for five days starting tomorrow! 1 am MST to be exact. I’ll be up. Will you?...Read More
FUN AND GAMES
As always, I hope everyone is striving to be safe, sane, calm, tolerant, vigilant, and happy. Perseverance and integrity are key. Short post here. I just wanted to check in and let you know the website’s been tweaked (again). I put some silly time-wasters under the 🎵FUN🧩 tab. If...Read More
5 Early ’90s Badass Sci Fi Gems That Deserve Another Look
All right, back to business. As the temps enter the ’90s, and we see the 30th anniversary of Total Recall‘s release (June 1, 1990), lets take a look at some less successful (yet no less entertaining) movies released in the early ’90s. This will kick off a series of...Read More
“…Certainly Never Boring…” Book Reviews Deep Dive: Trade Publications, Book Bloggers, and Readers
I’d like to start off by saying I hope everyone is staying safe, sane, and keeping their wits about them. My thoughts go out to friends and family, marginalized individuals and communities, no matter their struggle, and everyone just trying to preserve a modicum of humanity out there. Sometimes...Read More
Opposable Review #2: 4 out of 5~ Foreword Clarion Reviews
We have two-factor authentication. It’s no fluke, unless it’s a double fluke. I am so appreciative of everyone’s support, feedback, and encouragement. We’re doing this! …a punk rock road trip novel featuring manipulative aliens,psychic cats with opposable thumbs, and blood and guts galore. The action and settings are described...Read More
Opposable Review: We’ve Got (Blue)Ink On Our Hands
I hope you’re all doing well. I’m excited and a little shocked by this. _____ Breakneck-paced, action-packed, and highly entertaining, this novel isn’t for everyone, but those who enjoy their literary escapism with a touch of WTF will enjoy this science fiction romp immensely. BlueInk Review _____ I mean,...Read More
Opposable- 2nd Edition Now Available for Kindle Unlimited and in Paperback!
. Greetings! I hope everyone is doing well! Opposable is available on Kindle Unlimited! If you have KU, you should check it out. I’ve verified the following material is relatively clean: Cover, title pages, copyright page, dedication, most of the table of contents, the beginning of ch. 11, most...Read More
The Union of Ultimate Badasses
Howdy, all. I hope you’re doing well. It’s been a few. Short post. Just wanted to share Badass Sci Fi’s new page- The Union of Ultimate Badasses. All right, that’s it. More news coming soon! Check out Opposable! $6.99 or try the first four chapters free. Also on Kindle...Read More
Opposable Cover Reveal: Revenge of the Rating Card and Dissecting Book Covers and Copyright Pages
. I hope y’all are maintaining out there! The second edition cover is complete and ARCs are being printed as we speak! Check out the artist’s, Michael Molinet, portfolio. . Pre-order the eBook for $2.99, but hurry! It could go live any day now! . And don’t forget to...Read More
Pre-Order Opposable- 2nd Edition eBook for $2.99 on Amazon Now!
. I hope everyone is remaining safe and sane. I’ve been working frantically to get the second edition ready for Kindle, and eventually, print. I promise it’s close, close enough to officially announce the Pre-Order (and FYI, it’ll be ready much sooner than Amazon’s release date of June 27)....Read More
Won’t Get April Fooled Again: Who’s Next on the Funniest Badass Sci Fi Movies List?
. Greetings. Safety and sanity to all. No pranks, but I’ve gathered a shitload of fools. I’m not sure what The Who has to do with this, but since they’re involved, here’s their best tune. Won’t Get Fooled Again- The Who- Who’s Next (1971) Back To Business I’ve put...Read More
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...Read More
Opposable V2.0 Virtual Launch Is Coming: Sooner Than You (Or I) Thought
. I hope everyone is staying safe and sane. Here at Badass Sci Fi, we’ve been busy. Design review for the second edition of Opposable is nearly complete! That means it will be ready for you, for free, very soon. I still have to figure out Kindle stuff, but...Read More
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...Read More
3 Badass Sci Fi Pandemic Movies to Watch While Under Quarantine
. First off, good health to all. Stay safe, make informed decisions, and for the love of all that is good in the world, be excellent to each other. But if you’re gonna hole up and ride this out, you might as well put something truly apocalyptic on the...Read More
Badass Sci Fi’s Cell Block B: Maximum Security- Humanoid Class
. I’m feeling bad today and need to hang out with some of my favorite villains. You know the person, the one who plays the Axis in Axis and Allies, picks the Empire on Star Wars: Commander, and would much rather get an autograph from Kurtwood Smith than Peter...Read More
The Definition of Inanity: Opposable- Call for Reviewers and Launch.
. If you’re interested in joining Opposable‘s Advance Reviewers or Launch squad, or know someone who might be, send me an email from the Badass Sci Fi Facebook page or the About page on Badassscifi.com. Thanks! And no, I didn’t forget the ‘s’ in the title. While I may...Read More
Aliens Vs. Robocop- Who Will Reign as King (or Queen) of Badass Sci Fi?
__ This is a continuation of the Badass Sci Fi movies of the 80’s series, capturing 1986 and 1987, but make no mistake, the winner of this showdown will be crowned sovereign, monarch, tyrant, and overlord of Badass Sci Fi filmdom. You may wonder why these two beauties consistently...Read More
Opposable 2020: Now With 15% Less Fat (and ∞ % More Bonus Material)
. Okay, so I just blew my own mind a little bit. I was reviewing the timeline for getting the first edition of Opposable published. At this time last year, I hadn’t even sent Opposable out for its first content edit. That wouldn’t happen until February 22nd. So, between...Read More
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...Read More
Badass Sci Fi Horror! Halloween’s Best of: Awesome, Awful, and Absurd
Looking for something to pop in the VCR as the dark half of the year consumes us? Horror movies are always better on VHS. Whether you want to scream your head off or laugh your ass off, we’ve got the perfect movie for you. We’ve compiled the top twenty...Read More
Badass Sci Fi’s New Wave 101: Don’t Worry, It’s Non Credit-Bearing
But let’s start with a quiz anyway. How many artists represented in the collage can you name? I’ll give it to you straight. Before my latest trip down the rabbit hole, I could name fifteen (I replaced a couple I couldn’t to make myself feel better). If you can...Read More
1985- Re-Animator Vs. The Return of the Living Dead- Titans of Weird Science (Fiction)
I know, we totally skated by 1984, but I had to get this off my chest. One simple question- Re-Animator or The Return of the Living Dead? We’ve already established 1985 is, by a wide margin, the most Badass year of the ’80s when it comes to Sci Fi...Read More
The Thing and Blade Runner Escape From New York. Mad Max 2.- Badass Sci Fi 1980-83
As mentioned in the post, An Alien and a Phantasm Walk Into a Bar. Mad Max Ducks., Badass Sci Fi officially made 1979 a part of the 80s based solely on it spawning these three genre mainstays. The dawning of the 80s brought with it a glorious coalescence of...Read More
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...Read More
No Bleepin’ Way: How Sturgill Simpson Got Badass Sci Fi to Listen to Country Music and Watch Anime (at the same time)
That’s a good start. Sweet banner. Alright, let’s get to it. SOUND & FURY (spelled properly using ALL CAPS) is Sturgill Simpson’s new album and accompanying anime featurette (a skosh over 41 minutes) currently available on Netflix. Sturgill Simpson had always floated around in our periphery as a recognizable...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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,...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
1979- An Alien and a Phantasm Walk Into a Bar. Mad Max Ducks.
‘Cause, you see, the Alien and the Tall Man are, um, tall, and Mel Gibson is only 5’10”. Anyway, sorry it took me so long to get back to you, but I’ve got exciting news…later. Now, let’s find out why Badass Sci Fi officially made 1979 part of the...Read More
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!...Read More
Cats With Opposable Thumbs and the Fall of Man: How Love, Death & Robots Got It Wrong
Late one evening, my cousin (RJT) sent me an urgent text. I needed to watch Three Robots, episode two of the Netflix anthology series, Love, Death & Robots, ASAP. Twenty-Two hours later, I watched Three Robots; a humorous little ditty featuring three robots, wandering through a post-apocalyptic urban wasteland,...Read More
Neill Blomkamp to Direct Robocop Returns, and Badass Sci Fi Is Alright With That
Badass Sci Fi doesn’t claim to be an authority (on anything), but Badass Sci Fi knows what Badass Sci Fi likes. In literary terms, Badass Sci Fi calls upon many influences; Frank Herbert, Dan Simmons, Isaac Asimov, Orson Scott Card, Philip K. Dick, H.P. Lovecraft, James S.A. Corey, David...Read More
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. ...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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. ...Read More