Martin Stellinga Posts

November 27, 2015 / Science fiction


Have you ever seen an alien? Neither have I, or anybody else, as far as we know. That is actually quite strange, statistically speaking. This apparent paradox is known as the Fermi Paradox. It’s a very important paradox for science fiction, so I’m going to ramble about it a bit.

November 20, 2015 / Smells


When a writer does not add enough context to a conversation we call that ‘talking heads’. Usually, when there is a conversation in a movie or a book, there’s more going on than just the dialog. Actors are showing emotions, or lack of them, and say their lines just so. Characters in book frown, laugh, and fret as they talk. If this information is missing, you have the talking heads. This week, I’ll take a look at this writing smell.

November 13, 2015 / Reviews


He has a license to kill, is smooth as only the British can be, and he drinks his Wodka-Martini shaken, not stirred. It’s Bond, James Bond. Spectre is the 24th Bond movie, and not only the latest, but also the most expensive one, with a budget going toward 300 million dollars. Question is, what did all that money buy?

November 6, 2015 / Tech
October 30, 2015 / Reviews


With Sense8, the Wachowskis (the Matrix) and Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5) try to explore what happens if eight random people around the world get mind-linked. I think they failed. What they made instead was eight hours of watching paint dry on cardboard cutouts of characters.

To my amazement the show has rave reviews and a high 8 on IMDB. Personally, I feel it’s highly over8ted – pardon the puns.