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I’ve run a lot of articles on this blog since the beginning–over 200 as of now–and I thought I would add sort of a “Greatest Hits” gallery to highlight some of the articles that have either proven to be the most popular, or which I’m particularly proud of. This list may change without warning!
Click the image headers and/or title to go to the article.
The Tragedy of TrueTwit. (January 30, 2013)
Ever get those annoying direct messages on Twitter that go, “So-and-so uses TrueTwit validation service. Click here to validate”? I wrote this article in a fit of pique back in January after getting one too many of those fulsome messages, and from the response it’s clear that many, many many people hate TrueTwit as much as I do. Learn what TrueTwit is, why it’s horrible, and why authors–of all people–should never ever use it.
Bobby Ewing in the Shower: An Epic Storytelling Gaffe. (September 14, 2012)
In 1986, the writers of the prime-time TV soap opera Dallas found themselves in a hell of a bind. They had killed off Bobby Ewing, one of the show’s main characters (played by Patrick Duffy), at the end of the previous season. Only now Mr. Duffy wanted to come back to the show. How to deal with this minor problem? The result was not exactly optimal. This is one of the most searched-for topics that bring people to my site.
Daniel Pope is a former professor of history at University of Oregon. He also witnessed and participated in the student uprising at Columbia University in 1968. In this fascinating interview, which appears nowhere else in print or on the web, I speak to him about his reminiscences, his research, and what America was like in 1968. Amazing stuff!
Face/Off: The Squirrely Legend of Mark Hamill’s Car Crash (July 18, 2013)
At some fateful moment in the history of mankind Mark Hamill, the actor famous for playing Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, lost control of his car (often said to be a Corvette), crashed, and majorly effed up his face. Aside from the fact the car crash happened, almost everything else that people think they know about this event has been subject to dispute or misinformation. In this article I try to get to the truth, if you wampa–er, I mean if you want to go there.
Disappeared: Bradyn Fuksa, Missing 4 Years. (June 17, 2013)
In July 2009, 22-year-old Kansas college student Michael “Bradyn” Fuksa stole a 9mm weapon from his parents’ house and drove 10 hours in the middle of the night to rural Wyoming, where he vanished into thin air. The possible reasons for Bradyn’s mysterious flight remain unclear today, and no one has any clue what happened to him. He has still not been found. This is far and away the most popular missing persons post on my site. A lot of people out there are looking for Bradyn Fuksa.
Disappeared: Marble Arvidson, Missing 2 Years. (June 10, 2013)
Seventeen-year-old Marble Arvidson, a smart and quirky high school kid from Brattleboro, Vermont, left his house one afternoon in August 2011–right before Tropical Storm Irene hit New England with full force. He was never seen again. Did his fate have something to do with the storm? Or was it the mysterious visitor who came to see him right before he left? We don’t know, but given the number of hits this article gets, it seems that everybody is trying to find out.
A fracas over a misogynistic comment in the Science Fiction Writers of America journal led me to pen this article, in which I offer some thoughts about gender relations in sci fi and horror and, more importantly, throw down the gauntlet on what I plan to do about it. Namely: I’m going to rewrite one of my previous books, but with a twist. I’m especially proud of this article.
Disappeared: Edward Dubbs, Missing 32 Years. (August 6, 2013)
In June 1981, gay Manhattan ad man Edward Dubbs left his Madison Avenue office, ostensibly headed for Grand Central Station to catch a train to his home in Connecticut, and vanished. Suspicion has fallen–unfairly, I think–on Dubbs’s live-in boyfriend. The truth is we have no idea what happened to Edward Dubbs, and nothing short of a time machine is likely to change that.
Earth: John Walker Spy House, Norfolk, Virginia. (June 26, 2013)
It doesn’t look like much, but this unassuming suburban house in Norfolk, Virginia was once the locus of a major Cold War spy network. John Walker, a U.S. Navy officer who began selling classified secrets to the Soviets in 1967, eventually recruited his brother and his son to help him steal military documents, and unsuccessfully approached his daughter and several others. He went to prison in 1985. I have no idea why but of all my “Earth” posts, this is the most popular, gaining a few quiet hits almost every day.