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Monthly Archives: January 2017

Summary of “The War for Mars United” by Daniel Smith-Rowsey

January 6, 2017, 8:56 am

Below are two summaries of my novel, “The War for Mars United.” They both contain SPOILERS of roughly the first half of the novel. They do NOT cover the novel’s surprising second half. The first is the one-paragraph summary that you would find on a back-cover jacket. The second is a longer version of the same information. ONE PARAGRAPH SUMMARY The colonists of Mars must, against all odds, defeat the armies of Earth. In 2154, Mars United’s seditious General Rhodes breaks […]

Dar’s Christmas Vacay

January 4, 2017, 4:53 pm

So, welcome to our Christmas. Not as great as a sitcom, but much less of your time invested. Dar used to love pools. But he closed out 2016 the way he began it, hating them. He won’t get in anymore. He screams if we try to bring him halfway in. On this trip I seriously contemplated activating the metaphor about throwing someone in the deep end of the pool. Yes buttinskies, I would have been right next to him. But…I […]

Why This is the Year the Academy Should Nominate Animated Films for Best Picture

January 2, 2017, 3:23 pm

Also posted here. Oscar-bestowing Academy, hear my plea: please, please, please consider some animated films for Best Picture this year. You’ll never have a better chance to break down the imaginary, but entirely unnecessary, barrier between live-action and animation filmmaking. Let’s end the stigma together! We all know that this year’s voting begins this Thursday, January 5, and finishes little more than a week later. We all also know that the eventual Best Picture list is very unlikely to have […]