“The Star Pit” – The Limits of Limitations

        Time was 1967 at Miami-Killian Senior High.  Sitting at the freak table in the cafeteria during home room, while listening to complex improvised percussions of the black guys at their table pounding out Afro-identity-rhythms with their hands, elbows and feet, I read a small digest pulp magazine called Worlds of Tomorrow.  I tried to … Continue reading ““The Star Pit” – The Limits of Limitations”

You Can’t Criticize Hamlet Because You Don’t Believe in Ghosts

by James Wallace Harris, Sunday, December 27, 2020 My friend Mike sent me an email yesterday that’s got me to thinking. Instead of paraphrasing what he said, I got his permission to reprint it: We always talk about the best science fiction stories, but I was thinking that as an intellectual exercise it would be … Continue reading “You Can’t Criticize Hamlet Because You Don’t Believe in Ghosts”

Do Your Possessions Reflect Your Personality?

by James Wallace Harris, Wednesday, July 1, 2020 I love to peer at what’s behind people in Zoom and Facetime calls. This is true for the people I know, as well as famous people on TV. I wonder if what they own and how they decorate reflects much about their personality? I know I instantly … Continue reading “Do Your Possessions Reflect Your Personality?”

Love, Death + Robots: What is Mature Science Fiction?

by James Wallace Harris, Monday, March 25, 2019 Love, Death + Robots showed up on Netflix recently. It has all the hallmarks of mature entertainment – full frontal nudity, sex acts of various kinds, gory violence, and the kind of words you don’t hear on broadcast TV or in movies intended for younger audiences. There’s … Continue reading “Love, Death + Robots: What is Mature Science Fiction?”

Writing Goals at Age 66

by James Wallace Harris, Wednesday, February 21, 2018 Writing is focusing thoughts. Herding your thoughts into an essay reveals the chaos of thinking. When I was young I wanted to be a science fiction writer but that was not meant to be. Now that I’m retired writing is the hobby that keeps me sane. It’s vitally … Continue reading “Writing Goals at Age 66”