Sunday, February 22, 2015

Oscar picks

We're on Day 3 of snow here in the Denver metro area, with more than a foot in most places and counting. The wind chill is -6. The roads are a solid sheet of ice. And I'm at work, putting together the nation and world section and waiting for the Oscars to begin. Later tonight, I get to attempt to drive home in these beautiful conditions, but first, my Oscar picks.

Of the Best Picture nominees, I have seen exactly one: Boyhood. I watched it a few days ago on DVD. Other nominees I've seen: How to Train Your Dragon 2, Lego Movie and every movie nominated in the visual effects category except for the Planet of the Apes sequel. That's it. So keep that in mind when my picks crash and burn.

Best picture: Boyhood
Actor: Michael Keaton, Birdman
Actress: Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Supporting actor: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Supporting actress: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Directing: Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Cinematography: Birdman
Animated feature film: How to Train Your Dragon 2
Costume design: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Feature documentary: Citizenfour
Short subject documentary: Joanna
Film editing: Boyhood
Foreign language film: Ida
Makeup and hairstyling: Foxcatcher
Music: The Theory of Everything
Song: Everything is Awesome, Lego Movie
Production design: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Short animated film: Feast
Short live action film: Boogaloo and Graham
Sound editing: American Sniper
Sound mixing: American Sniper
Visual effects: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Adapted screenplay: The Theory of Everything
Original screenplay: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Publication Day! At Perihelion Science Fiction

My short story "Loopholes" is live today at Perihelion Science Fiction.

Here's a tease of the opening to whet your appetite to read more:
Melinda Kronen slid a tablet across her desk and waved at the screen. “This is why I asked you here today, Dr. Jansen.” 
Peter took off his glasses and wiped them on his old tweed jacket. He felt grossly out of place here. The spacious office was furnished in trendy metallics without a single bookshelf or comfortable chair in sight. And Melinda, while more personable than he had expected for a business executive, wore a black suit that Peter would have expected to see in court or at a funeral. 
He glanced at the tablet screen. “It’s a man,” he said. 
“Not exactly. Look closer.”

I don't have a cool, behind-the-scenes, making-of story on this one. I got an idea for a present-day company whose business is time travel and the complications that might result if a traveler came back in time and refused to leave. Then I wrote it. And I'm very happy that I can now share the story with all of you.