Three Movies

Ex Machina Writer and Director:  Alex Garland Stars: Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac I read the screenplay for this movie while I was writing my own AI-android story, The Newcomer. There are similarities. The main questions are, what distinguishes a human from … Continue reading

Murder, Maggots, Blood-spatter, and Lunch

One reason I enjoy the Arizona Mystery Writers’ monthly meeting is the variety of expert speakers who help us write imaginative and realistic stories.  See (  This week, a captain from the county sheriff’s department will give a talk on … Continue reading

Baxter – Manifold Time

One’s personal viewpoint, constrained as it is by embodiment in time and location, is necessarily only one way of seeing things. Fortunately, we are capable of abstraction and generalization, so we can imagine viewpoints other than our own, and even, … Continue reading