M Alan Kazlev

Imagineer, pantheist, essayist, vegan, nerd.  Work in progress Freehauler Alcione, a dystopian social satire meets metaphysics space opera.  Also teaching myself Blender so I can create scifi art for my stories

The Guardians of the Galaxy - Superheroes or Space Opera?
2 years ago
Watching Guardians of the Galaxy 2 leaves me in no doubt that this is a new space opera in the making. And if the sequel doesn't have the classic mythic mcguffin story arc of the first (where the infi...
The Matrix and Gnosticism
2 years ago
The Walchowski's Matrix Trilogy stands out as one of the classics of modern sci-fi storytelling. Not only does it powerfully present the hero's journey in a similar manner to other epic tales like Lor...
A Tale of Two Star Wars
2 years ago
The teaser trailer for the next Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi, slated for release on December this year, was quite underwhelming. A large part of the two minute trailer was either black screen or Luc...
Science Fiction as Modern Myth-Telling
2 years ago
When I was a kid, I used to be enthralled by reruns of those Ray Harryhausen Sword and Sandal epics like Jason and the Argonauts and Sinbad, which featured a fearless hero embarking on a quest and fig...
The Scale of Hardness in Science Fiction
2 years ago
Some years ago, I had the idea of grading science fiction according to the degree of scientific realism. It was very obvious to me that, for example, the Discovery One spaceship in 2001 A Space Odysse...