YA REWIND: The Illyrian Adventure by Lloyd Alexander

July 11, 2012

In this episode of YA Rewind, I talk about the great Lloyd Alexander and The Illyrian Adventure, the first of his books to feature intrepid orphan Vesper Holly. On the Casting Couch, I pick out my ideal cast for a Vesper Holly movie and discuss some upcoming YA adaptations, and in the new Book Jacket Theatre segment I perform a melodramatic reading of a book summary from the ‘paranormal teen romance’ section of Amazon.


The Importance of Fictional Space Travel

June 18, 2012

Just a few days before science fiction pioneer Ray Bradbury passed away, I found a quote – the epigraph to The Martian Chronicles – that fit perfectly into a graphic design I’d been tinkering with for weeks, a design that incorporated spaceships from scifi film and television around the words ‘space travel.’ When I found the quote, it seemed like kismet.

“Space travel has again made children of us all.”


Confessions of a Temporary Gamemaster

Last Thursday’s episode of Community, “Advanced Dungeons and Dragons,” really brought back some memories for me. I’m not a skilled table-top gamer, but for a brief period in the ’90s, I gave it a whirl. Dungeons & Dragons was not actually the first RPG to come to my summer camp – that distinction belongs to a game called Everway. Not Everquest, the computer-based fantasy RPG that became popular a few…

February 7, 2011

I Come From the Net

“I come from the Net–through systems, peoples, and cities–to this place: MAINFRAME. My format: Guardian. To mend and defend–to defend my new found friends, their hopes and dreams, and to defend them from their enemies.” -Bob Take a trip with me back in time. Before Toy Story, before Clone Wars, to 1994 and an ABC Saturday morning cartoon. Though, of course, ReBoot was so much more than a cartoon. If you follow me…

January 28, 2011