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March 31 2011 12:30 PM


I have a new article up on Blastr, the SyFy channel's web site for news and info and scifi-y stuff.

The article is about asteroid impacts, and the lack of Hollywood accuracy thereof. I take a typical movie synopsis and destroy it plot device by plot device. It's like taking all my movie reviews and condensing them down into one run-on snark.

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And yes, I know that the illustration for the article (seen here) is scientifically inaccurate. I know what you're thinking; it's so obvious: no asteroid is actually flying saucer shaped! At least, that's what they want you to think*.

So go over there, read the article, and leave your own complaints in the comments. I promise I will read them all and take them into consideration.

* Dear readers with an impaired sense of humor: I know that's not really how the picture is scientifically inaccurate. Of course, the actual mistake is that you should see thousands of stars in the background.

No I won't.

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