If Section 9 was Real, Would the World Be a Better Place?

Section 9 is a counterterrorist organization, but operates under the flag of Public Security. Although not explicitly voiced in the series, I see the team as policing more than violent criminals, but in fact, the culture that enables the violent criminals. Does this depiction of futuristic law enforcement have resonance with regards to our own future? How do we make that transition from the primal darkness we’re mired in now to that better tomorrow? Because we are imperfect, and need to be corrected. … More If Section 9 was Real, Would the World Be a Better Place?

Ep. 90 – Top 10 Fictional Characters

I don’t know if this podcast will be of use to anyone, it’s not like a Top Ten based on a poll, or anything like that. And if you’ve listened to even one episode of this podcast before, you know how this ends. But for me, thinking about characters, specifically numbers 3 and 4 on this list, was kind of a useful thought exercise for writing. I used to be so adamant about the demarcation and hierarchy of story, characters, and theme. Mostly because people used to piss me off by saying character was the most important thing. Yeah, that’s how we get independent film. … More Ep. 90 – Top 10 Fictional Characters

Ep. 82 – Dystopian Fiction: Challenging the Utility of Pessimism

Seems to me there are historians and futurists, and with regards to our present day, they serve an identical purpose, albeit one approached from diametric angles. Even if sometimes it’s a byproduct of their work, they influence attitudes and attitude-driven behavior in our society, both how you and I carry ourselves, all the way up to the highest levels of policy making in a given country. Historians, in one corner, represent that old axiom that those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it. Of course, you don’t have to be a historian to engage in that work, and recognize past evils. Futurists, in the other corner, tell us about what could be, and what could be often should be avoided. We don’t have to be futurists either, because we have Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke. … More Ep. 82 – Dystopian Fiction: Challenging the Utility of Pessimism