A vaguely interesting concept becomes a true mess
by JOHN VINCENT
The push for content sometimes takes real bad turns
We have forums as part of Airlock Alpha and the GenreNexus website, but you rarely read about them in things I write, and rarely you will see my posting there. I know that having these community areas are important for readers like you to have a place to congregate and share thoughts and opinion ...Read More
Michael Hinman shares what's been traditionally his unlucky day
Well, I strongly believe there are no such thing as ghosts (although I won't deny that there might be unexplained energy floating around out there) and that superstitions are just that. But I have to admit that I'm still hesitant to kill a spider, break a mirror, or continue down a path that a bl ...Read More
Michael Hinman thinks it might be ... but what can be done?
You can't be an entertainment news outlet of any sort without planning a (very expensive) trip to San Diego Comic-Con each July. A convention that started out with just a few hundred people sharing their love of comic books, this event has become a huge economic boost to the San Diego community b ...Read More
Was it time to talk 'Doctor Who,' or are we jumping the gun?
Well, I get approached on an almost monthly basis asking me to use Airlock Alpha to back a fan campaign to save a show. Almost every single time, I say no. Not because I don't like the show, or admire the passion of those fans who want to save it. But because it's pretty much a waste of time. ...Read More
Should 25,000 people decide what the rest of the world watches? Yes
Every so often, I find myself using the SciFriday platform to defend television ratings. It seems that efforts to measure television audiences from companies (well, company) like The Nielsen Co. is so hated, that I am almost a lone voice in support of Nielsen. And no, I've never received a dime f ...Read More
Congress is considering a bill that could bring a free Internet to its knees
This really isn't the forum where I like to get political. Hell, even in my personal life, I try to stay out of the two things that get people in trouble the most: politics and religion. Yet, here I am. For the first time in the more than 13 years I've run Airlock Alpha, I am bringing forth my op ...Read More
Does 'Star Trek 2' really have to follow this dying trend?
About 15 years ago, I had to blame James Cameron for making me spend a lot of money at the theater. Yes, I was one of those people who were in love with "Titanic," and would watch it multiple times, with multiple people, and never felt it would get old. I later had a chance to actually touch a p ...Read More
PLUS: Internet is abuzz with news Oprah Winfrey will play a Klingon
We have finally entered the fun part of "Star Trek 2's" pre-production process where speculation -- and bad rumors -- begin to circulate about the new film. Of course, I'm only assuming they're bad rumors, because I don't know what's really being planned for the film. But I have to say, I serious ...Read More
Should Harlan Ellison have corrected fans about false story?
There are a lot of things that I dislike in the world. But one thing I really hate are stories that are absolutely false. Even more, I hate stories that are so false, they actually hurt the reputation or even livelihood of other people. That happened over the past couple weeks with Andrew Niccol, ...Read More
Michael Hinman takes a close look at 'The Captains'
Well, I had a rare experience while at San Diego Comic-Con this year. I had a chance to share a small room with three captains from Star Trek: William Shatner, Avery Brooks and Scott Bakula. They were there to promote a new documentary that Shatner had put together, where he flies around the worl ...Read More