Okay, me me me, here we go!

I am a middle-aged British man living in Nara, Japan with my wife and two wonderful Border Collies.

I have been a programming nerd since I was 10 years old when I got a second-hand Spectrum 48K computer and a basket of pirated games for my birthday. I taught myself to program because of my passion for games and computer graphics.


My suggestions for three related movies for you to enjoy

For a long time, I have enjoyed watching movies in threes. I like to do that because I get more out of them that way. As a speculative fiction writer myself, I enjoy analyzing stories, so when I watch movies it helps if I can compare them to similar movies that are still fresh in my mind.

It’s also a good way of generating discussions about movies in a group. …


Nobody wants to be groped or grabbed by a slimy tentacle

This is part of a series in which I suggest three related movies to watch. You can find more information and the list of recommendations here.

Don’t you just love slimy, mutated, tentacled, Lovecraftian monstrosities? Here are three movies about remote towns that have to fend off an attack from such things.

Tremors (1990)


Something’s creeping through those expansive North European conifer forests

This is part of a series in which I suggest three related movies to watch. You can find more information and the list of recommendations here.

Here are three Scandinavian movies exploring the humanity of folklore creatures. They all have a quite dark, serious tone, and are quite critical of humanity.

Thale (2012)


Another dirty rat flees a sinking ship

For those of you who may not know, Quora is a question-and-answer website. It’s a bit like Yahoo Answers, but it has a strict policy that forces people to be respectful of others, and so the overall quality of the answers and the experience is much nicer.

I have been a member for over a decade. For the first couple of years, I was just lurking and didn’t engage with others, but once I did start answering questions, I soon became addicted and have been posting almost every day since. I’ve really enjoyed my time on it. …


I finally realized how it’s holding me back

What Is NaNoWriMo

If you are a writer, you have probably heard of NaNoWriMo (hereafter called ‘NaNo’). No doubt many of you participate, just like me.

It stands for “National Novel Writing Month,” and essentially it is where people try to write a fifty thousand word first draft of a novel in the thirty days of November. That works out to be 1,667 words per day. Not easy, but doable.

Why I love it

Despite the (clickbaity, but truthful) title of this article, I love NaNo. Really, I do. I have thoroughly enjoyed myself every year I have participated, and I am proud of what I have…


Technological monstrosities out for blood, human blood

This is part of a series in which I suggest three related movies to watch. You can find more information and the list of recommendations here.

From an age of rapid technological progress, here are three movies that tap into our fear of it getting out of control. After decades of being promised shiny, polite, robotic servants, some filmmakers looked at the horror of advanced robotic beings.

Moontrap (1989)


Broadsword-wielding, butt-kicking women

This is part of a series in which I suggest three related movies to watch. You can find more information and the list of recommendations here.

Today's list looks at three barbarian women from the 80s. After the release of Arnold Swarzenegger’s classic Conan in 1982, movie studios we quick to follow up with female versions.

Hundra (1983)


Sometimes reality is just as terrifying as fiction

Ridley’s Scott’s 1979 science fiction horror movie “Alien” is a beloved sci-fi classic. A simple plot, gorgeous visuals, sympathetic characters, and a very memorable creature design.

Swiss artist Hans Ruedi Giger was brought on board to design the monster. His style of art focusses on mixing cybernetic technology with sexually provocative organic forms.


The red planet as a scifi setting

Mars has long captured the imagination of astonomers and storytellers alike. Here are 10 movies about the red planet that will take you out of this world.

1. Flight to Mars (1951)

Dale Thomas

Scifi writer, roboticist, and game developer, 2x Quora Top Writer. I write about writing speculative fiction, computer graphics, AI, evolution, and programming.

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