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Armed Force(s): The Last Jedi and Elvis Costello

I’m obsessed with places where science fiction and pop music overlap. So I loved seeing recent reports about a veiled reference to musician Elvis Costello in the latest Star Wars movie. Apparently, director Rian Johnson used the moniker “DJ” for … Continue reading

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Star Wars Fun with Samuel Clemens and Edgar A. Poe

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Ian Dury’s Multifaceted Connections to Sci-Fi/Fantasy

I’ve been listening to a lot of Ian Dury recently.  A few nights ago, I finally rented Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll, the fictionalized film account of Dury’s career. Why should fantasy/science-fiction fans care about a little-known music biopic? … Continue reading

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I Blame Star Wars and Bruce Springsteen

I found this chart (see below) in an old notebook.  It’s my first attempt to graphically explain how science fiction and rock music are connected in my nostalgia. I’ve said that I blame pretty much every cool thing that happened … Continue reading

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Portrait of the “Artist” as a Young Fan

Here’s a foray into personal sci-fi nostalgia.  The books in the fuzzy picture below were boxed in my parents’ basement.  Some of them even have tags from a garage sale that never happened while I was away at college. Collectively, … Continue reading

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George Lucas and Pavement: My Imaginary California

When I started dating a girl from the Sacramento Valley, there were only two northern California towns I really knew and cared about. One was Stockton, the town that produced the great band Pavement.  “Cesspool,” the people who’d been there … Continue reading

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