Saturday, October 22, 2011

"Earth vs. the Flying Saucers" inspired by factual book.

In 1953, a non-fiction book published by Maj. Donald Keyhoe, a U.S. Marine Corps naval aviator, entitled "Flying Saucers from Outer Space" dazzled people interested in the UFO phenomenon by illustrating that high-ranking military officials were extremely concerned about UFOs. The book is highly recommended for those interested in the subject.

In 1956, Columbia Pictures released what would become a science fiction film classic, "Earth vs. the Flying Saucers." With great special effects by Ray Harryhausen, the film depicted a devastating attack of Earth by beings from another world.

UFOs: It Has Begun

This classic UFO documentary from 1976 hosted by Rod Serling has moved into cult status.

The Men Who Killed Kennedy

Here is the first episode of the acclaimed 1988 documentary from Nigel Turner about the alleged conspiracy surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Sci-fi fantasy adventure ebook THE NINTH LEG

The greatest accomplishment a writer can achieve in this life is finishing a novel. Much of my adult life was spent writing articles for newspapers located across the country. Starting off as a freelance writer for newspapers in Pennsylvania, I climbed a long ladder until I was finally hired as a full-time reporter. Six months later, I was promoted to the top beat - local government reporter. I held that position for more than 10 years, moving from one newspaper to another, until I fnally realized that my greatest desire was to pen a novel. It was always that, but life as a reporter for years blurred my true goal.

Last March, I finally accomplished my dream when I put the finishing touches on my sci-fi fantasy adventure novel, THE NINTH LEG. It was the culmination of so many things - my love for writing, my love for classic science fiction stories and movies, my desire to actually write a full novel. Now, finally, it is out there. I am extremely proud to present to the world my first complete novel, THE NINTH LEG. If you're a fan of spectacular science fiction fantasy adventure, I believe you will find worth in this book. Please click on the image below to read details about my book, as well as to read sample chapters from it.

How to quit smoking.

While my previous posting outlined the problems of a cigarette addict, it offered no solutions. I know a solution - imprisonment.

After much deep thinking, I believe the best way to quit smoking is to lock the addict up in a jail cell for a week or two. Maybe some bright entrepreneur could launch his or her new "service" that makes people stop smoking? Here's how it could work:

First, customers pay a fee and sign some paperwork. The paperwork gives the company providing the service the ability to imprison the customer in a jail for a specified amount of time. During the stay in the jail cell, the customer is provided with all of the things necessary to sustain life - food, water, television and Internet access - but no tobacco products. When the service is completed, the customer should be free of his or her tobacco addiction. It could be as simple as that!

Cigarettes - my personal destruction!

Cigarettes are killing me. I know this, but yet I am a slave to cigarettes. My budget always needs to include consideration for cigarettes. I'm addicted. I'm a cigarette junkie. I can't stop smoking. The addiction has me by the throat and won't let go.

When I was a child, I hated the smell of cigarettes. My father smoked cigarettes in my presence all the time. So did my grandmothers, my uncles and my aunts. There was always cigarettes getting smoked around me. The smell made me throw up more than once.

But then I began smoking. Why? I don't know. I hated them, but I started smoking them and within a week I was addicted. All these years later I'm still smoking. I attempt to stop sometimes. I make a point of it. But then I find myself in a store buying more cigarettes. It's a disease. It's a horrible, terrible disease. There are people in this world getting rich on my and others addiction. How can they live with themselves? Are they happy to be rich off something that kills people?

Friday, October 21, 2011

Movies that feature disembodied living heads.

In my new sci-fi fantasy ebook for Kindle, THE NINTH LEG, Adolf Hitler's disembodied head is kept alive inside the body of an artificial, robotic body. But the concept of living, disembodied heads is something that Hollywood has exploited in the past, sometimes effectively and sometimes not so effectively. Below are trailers from some of the movies that feature disembodied but still living heads.

"The Thing That Couldn't Die"

"The Brain That Wouldn't Die"

"They Saved Hitler's Brain"

"The Thing with Two Heads"

RE-CREATION: The documentary that was never produced.

In early 2010, I submitted a treatment proposal for a documentary series called "Re-Creation" to a production company in New York City. The series would have attempted to re-create certain events in an effort to prove or disprove certain controversial theories regarding a gamut of mysteries. The pilot episode was called "The Cattle Mutilation Experiment." The episode would have shown whether humans and/or predators could have been responsible for the many mysterious cattle mutilations that occur across the world on a regular basis, or show that some other force, perhaps extraterrestrial, is responsible.

The production company responded to me with great interest in my concept. I went to New York and met with some of the company's representatives to talk about the series. I was asked to find the regular cast members for the series and have them sign deal memorandums. It was a lot of work, but I was able to accomplish it within about a month. Then, I was informed that cable networks such as The Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel and Animal Planet were interested in possibly carrying the series.

But as the months went by, interest in producing the series began to wane. That was unfortunate because I thought it would have made an interesting series. What do you think? Here is a link to the original treatment I wrote for the show. There were other proposed episodes that I thought up later, but I did not include those.