Happy Holidays!

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Everyone please Have a Happy Thanksgiving! And since this will be my last post for 2014, please also have a happy Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year’s Day in advance. See you back in 2015! Austin  

Dear US Veterans, I’m Sorry

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Last week right after our American mid-term elections, the President decided to send 1,500 American troops to Iraq. I was not alone in wondering aloud why an individual who has been steadfast in removing the American ground presence from Iraq as quickly as possible despite the counter-recommendations from his own military advisors. This is not a political blog post. For …

Masters of Horror

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My first horror novel as a published author will be released in five months (Hollow Blood: Sleepy Hollow Horrors, Book One) and someone asked me why? After reading my rather meaty and provocative, futuristic After Eden thriller series, they wondered aloud how I could possibly dish out something in the schlocky horror genre. Well, I might have said the exact …

Top Five Reasons Why The Walking Dead Is Great Drama!

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Is the Walking Dead Our Modern-Day Shakespeare?   Okay, after this blog post I will impose a one year ban on myself for using Shakespeare in any blog, but I had to. Today the reading of the works of Shakespeare is no longer a requirement in most American high schools anymore and in the original Elizabethan English of the late sixteenth …

Month’s Guest Blogger (Horror) Liz Wilkins

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October Guest Blogger Liz Wilkins of the website Liz Loves Books! Well it’s October and for horror enthusiasts, that means Halloween and endless scary books, movies and the like. I announced last month that horror is one of the genres I’ll be releasing next year. Though it is one of the genres I like, the truth is most horror entertainment …

A Society Darkly

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Is “Good” Horror Becoming too Horrific? When I think of what I consider the best horror movies of all time, The Exorcist (1973) and The Shining (1980) immediately spring to mind.  I hate slasher films (excluding the original 1978 Halloween movie) and what’s called “torture-porn” (Saw, Hostel and the like) and never watch them. Back in 1995, I saw David Fincher’s …

My Guest Blog at Andrew Knighton Writes

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Diversity In Science Fiction And Why It Matters Firstly, I’d like to thank fellow sci-fi writer Andrew Knighton in Great Britain for featuring me as a guest blogger on his site. This post is a continuation of a discussion that we posted earlier this month about this diversity question in science fiction. Here’s my guest post on Andrew’s website: http://andrewknighton.com/2014/09/25/diversity-in-science-fiction-and-why-it-matters-a-guest-post-by-austin-dragon/ The …

Month’s Guest Blogger (Science Fiction) Andrew Knighton

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Diversity in science fiction Diversity is a hot topic in science fiction. There’s increasing acknowledgement that the genre has long been dominated by straight white men, and that it would be good to diversify both the creators and the characters. This is a trend that, as a straight white man, I’m in favour of. So why is diversity important to …

The Relevance of Science (Fact and Fiction)

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What I so like about science fiction is not only its potential to be a precursor to science fact, but its potential influence on all other aspects of society such as culture, government, entertainment, philosophy, etc. But does science fiction really influence science? And does science influence modern science fiction anymore? Last Monday, I attended a talk in Downtown L.A. …