Author Archives: JBM

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James Horner and the Giant Spring

I’m listening to my (sadly) out of print Vinyl edition of James Horner’s awesome score to BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS, not only my favorite Roger Corman movie (a tough call to make, it’s like picking your favorite Robert E. Howard short, but come on: it’s a remake of THE MAGNIFICIENT SEVEN in space, itself a remake of SEVEN SAMURAI in the […]

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Top Ten (More or Less) Obscure Alien Tales

MIDNIGHT CITY, book one of my science fiction series CONQUERED EARTH, is set on a near future Earth conquered by a powerful, technological alien race called the Assembly. For most of my life I’ve had a love affair with stories dealing with aliens and alien invasion, so I thought I would list of some of the more obscure ones you […]

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Telltales’ THE WALKING DEAD Game and Downbeat Endings

MAJOR SPOILERS below. You’ve been warned… So, my recent completion of Telltale Games’ THE WALKING DEAD episodic, retro cool, point and click adventure spurred some interesting thoughts. This is a good thing, most games don’t spur much thought at all. One of the really neat things about the game is that at the end of each episode, it gives you […]

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Cover Reveal: THE SEVERED TOWER

The cover for book two of my CONQUERED EARTH series, THE SEVERED TOWER, has been finalized. Tell me what you think…  

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J.J. Abrams’ STAR WARS: It Could Go Either Way

Well, it took a STAR WARS announcement for me to dust off the old blog. As I’m sure you’ve heard, J. J. Abrams will be directing the next STAR WARS movie, EPISODE VII: (INSERT TITLE WITH EPIC SOUNDING WORDS HERE). I was originally pessimistic when it came to this announcement, but I’ve changed my tune somewhat. Don’t get me wrong, […]

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Final Midnight City Artwork

It’s both exciting and sad to post illustrator/animator Evan Cagle’s last artwork from MIDNIGHT CITY. Exciting because it’s so awesome, but sad because I love seeing these images come in. Evan’s amazing talents have really helped bring the CONQUERED EARTH world to life. I think he saved the best for last. It’s a moment fairly early in the book, where […]

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New Project Announcement: DEEP

Posted by on June 08, 2012 in Deep, News | 2 Comments

You might not think so, but I do write other material besides giant, dystopian, science fiction. For instance, I toyed with the idea of doing a Victorian romance, but I figured…stick with what works. No aliens in this one, but it is all under water with cool submarines. June 08, 2012 03:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time   Director Shane Acker (“9”), […]

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Giving a Story World a Sense of “Real”

It’s interesting, I see a fair amount of articles and blogs on the subject of creating story worlds in speculative fiction, or “world building”. It’s a worthy subject no doubt, but for me there’s one aspect that seldom gets mentioned in these discussions, and in many cases also gets overlooked in finished novels and movies. It’s this: giving that story […]

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TRON LEGACY: A Missed Opportunity

This isn’t most the topical blog post, but I recently rewatched the Blu-ray version of TRON: LEGACY, and felt like commenting about it. While it’s visually stunning, the film itself, sadly, leaves a lot to be desired. Which is a shame. To me, this movie is a tremendous missed opportunity for Disney to establish a dynamic, unique, massively entertaining franchise. […]

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New Midnight City Artwork

The amazing illustrator/animator Evan Cagle has finished his second original piece of art from Midnight City, and this one, in my opinion, is even more stunning than the first. It’s a glimpse inside Midnight City itself, showing its most infamous landmark: the Scorewall. As always, click for the full screen experience. In addition, Evan has allowed me to include some […]