BOOK REVIEW: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

written by David Steffen The Lightning Thief is a 2005 modern day fantasy story about modern-day children of the ancient Greek gods living in the United States, which was adapted into a 2010 feature film as well as a 2014 Broadway musical. Percy Jackson is a well-meaning but troubled teen who has been kicked out … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

MUSIC VIDEO DRILLDOWN #2: Never Really Over by Katy Perry

written by David Steffen This is the second in a new series that I’m very excited about wherein I examine a music video by a well-known artist as a short film, trying to identify the story arcs and the character motivations, and consider the larger implications of things that we get glimpses of in the … Continue reading MUSIC VIDEO DRILLDOWN #2: Never Really Over by Katy Perry

MUSIC VIDEO DRILLDOWN #1: Tightrope by Janelle Monáe

written by David Steffen This is the first in a new series that I’m very excited about wherein I examine a music video by a well-known artist as a short film, trying to identify the story arcs and the character motivations, and consider the larger implications of things that we get glimpses of in the … Continue reading MUSIC VIDEO DRILLDOWN #1: Tightrope by Janelle Monáe

MOVIE REVIEW: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

written by David Steffen Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is the 9th and final movie in the “main” numbered episodes of the Star Wars Franchise that largely centers around the rebels vs the Empire. Between this and the last movie a strange message has been broadcast which has the appearance of being Emperor Palpatine … Continue reading MOVIE REVIEW: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

TV REVIEW: What We Do in the Shadows Season 1

written by David Steffen What We Do in the Shadows is an original TV series, a spinoff of the 2014 movie of the same title (reviewed here). Season one aired on FX between March 2019 and May 2019, and it has been renewed for a second season, airing soon. Similar to the movie, the format … Continue reading TV REVIEW: What We Do in the Shadows Season 1

Announcement: Diabolical Plots Has an Assistant Editor!

written by David Steffen For most of its existence, Diabolical Plots has had one person, me, behind the curtain, with the occasional nonfiction contributor and of course the fiction writers. In the last couple of years we have started to shift that policy and have taken on first readers (aka slushreaders) who help out during … Continue reading Announcement: Diabolical Plots Has an Assistant Editor!

The “Diabolical Plots” Anthologies on Sale

written by David Steffen Since there’s going to be a lot of people at home a lot more than usual in the near future, we’ve put the Diabolical Plots anthologies on sale for 99 cents USD (or similar value in other currencies) at all ebook vendors. (That is the “Diabolical Plots” anthologies collecting the stories … Continue reading The “Diabolical Plots” Anthologies on Sale

VIDEO GAME REVIEW: The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (Switch)

written by David Steffen The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening for the Nintendo Switch is a 2019 polished and expanded version of the 1993 Game Boy game of the same title. It is part of the Legend of Zelda series of games that came out shortly after The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the … Continue reading VIDEO GAME REVIEW: The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (Switch)

The Best of Clarkesworld 2019

written by David Steffen Clarkesworld continues strong this year with a mix of science fiction and fantasy, and edited by Neil Clarke, with Kate Baker producing and usually narrating the podcast. They published 80 stories in 2019 by my count. Their translation stories are many of my favorites, as they have been for the past … Continue reading The Best of Clarkesworld 2019

The Best of Lightspeed 2019

written by David Steffen Lightspeed Magazine is the award-nominated science fiction magazine edited by John Joseph Adams, and their podcast is  produced by the excellent Skyboat Media.  They publish about half of the stories they publish in text.  They published about 48 stories in the podcast. The stories eligible for the upcoming award season are … Continue reading The Best of Lightspeed 2019