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Subversive Sci-Fi

A project in Manassas, VA by Prof. Christopher McGlothlin

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Reflections on Futuristic Films That Broke the Rules
Backers: 210
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Funded: $7,296 of $6,500
Dates: May 27th -> Jun 26th (30 days)
Project By: Prof. Christopher McGlothlin
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Thank You So Much!!!!!

June 26th - via:
The Subversive Sci-Fi Kickstarter is a success, and we reached an astounding 112% of our goal! Thank you to all our supporters!!!!! Please join me in a toast to everyone who made this happen, especially all you wonderful, generous people who took a... (Read More)

In Deepest Gratitude

June 24th - via:
The short version of my life is: weird movies, writing, and the bestest friends. Thanks to all you wonderful people, I get to keep on writing --and about weird movies!-- along with my amazing pals. I don't know if there are words enough, but please... (Read More)

Meet the Ghost Show Cast! #33: Lucien Soulban

June 24th - via:
Subversive Sci-Fi gives us opportunities to work with creators we've long admired, and we here at GSP adore the supremely gifted Lucien Soulban. His take on The Andromeda Strain (1974) is an infectiously good read: Lucien Soulban has written tabletop... (Read More)

Meet the Ghost Show Cast! #32: James Lowder

June 24th - via:
Truly none of this -- Transgressive Horror, Subversive Sci-Fi, our fight for creator rights -- would have happened without the gentleman's gentleman, the scholar's scholar, and the Godfather of Ghost Show Press, James Lowder. We are supremely blessed... (Read More)

Meet the Ghost Show Cast! #31: Kenneth Hite

June 23rd - via:
The supremely talented and erudite Kenneth Hite gives Subversive Sci-Fi his one-of-a-kind perspective on Forbidden Planet (1956): Kenneth Hite has written or designed 100+ tabletop roleplaying games and supplements, including GURPS Horror, Trail of... (Read More)

Meet the Ghost Show Cast! #30: Alexander Thomas

June 23rd - via:
We're most proud to have Alexander Thomas as our literary guide to the subversive Triangle (2009): Alexander Thomas is an author, game designer, dog lover, karaoke enthusiast, and all around nerd. You may know him from his work on roleplaying games... (Read More)

Meet the Ghost Show Cast! #29: Prof. Christopher McGlothlin

June 22nd - via:
Science fiction cinema doesn't have to be physics or chemistry, as shown by Peter Watkins' prophetic Punishment Park (1971) -- a work of political-science fiction. Let GSP's very own Creative Pit Boss Prof. Christopher McGlothlin be your friendly... (Read More)

Meet the Ghost Show Cast! #28: John Polojac

June 22nd - via:
In Subversive Sci-Fi, our very own stalwart talent John Polojac is your guide to the one-of-a-kind artistry of Fantastic Planet (La Planète sauvage, 1973): John Polojac* occasionally plies his aptitude for words sensibly (such as in company... (Read More)

Meet the Ghost Show Cast! #27: Jason Walters

June 21st - via:
We're delighted to have one of the great raconteurs of the world Jason Walters aboard, whose rollicking essay on Blood Machines (2020) introduces the film in a most entertaining light: Jason S. Walters is an author, game designer, and publisher best... (Read More)

Meet the Ghost Show Cast! #26: Steven Marsh

June 21st - via:
We're pleased and proud to have the talented Steven Marsh join the cast of Subversive Sci-Fi to discuss The Game (1997): Steven Marsh is a freelance writer and editor. His first paid professional work appeared in the pages of Shadis magazine, where... (Read More)

Five Days Left to Back Subversive Sci-Fi (And Thank You!)

June 20th - via:
Hello all! Many, many, many thanks to all of you who made today the best day for the Subversive Sci-Fi Kickstarter since our launch weekend! We are truly grateful for your generosity, support, and general awesomeness, and always will be. Currently,... (Read More)

Meet the Ghost Show Cast! #25: Seth Johnson

June 20th - via:
We're pleased and proud to have the talented Seth Johnson join the cast of Subversive Sci-Fi to discuss the original TV film Max Headroom: 20 Minutes into the Future (1985): Rocketed to Earth as a child, Seth Johnson was raised by a kindly family in... (Read More)

Meet the Ghost Show Cast! #24: Ade Smith

June 19th - via:
The Fifth Element (1997) must be found, but only the sharp eye and wit of Ade Smith can discover the film in its truest form: a film the '90s were not ready for: Somewhere in the UK, a small pocket dimension contains an infinite number of Ade Smiths,... (Read More)

Meet the Ghost Show Cast! #23: David Larkins

June 18th - via:
We're quite blessed in Subversive Sci-Fi to have the perfect writer to discuss the landmark Metropolis (1927), David Larkins, and welcome him to the Ghost Show cast: A son of the West, David Larkins spent his childhood in Santa Fe, New Mexico, lived... (Read More)

Meet the Ghost Show Cast! #22: Richard Dansky

June 17th - via:
Subversive Sci-Fi gives us opportunities to work with creators we've long admired, and few are in higher esteem than the amazingly talented Richard Dansky. His take on Zardoz (1974) is a insanely good read: With two decades’ experience in video... (Read More)

Meet the Ghost Show Cast! #21: Bill Bodden

June 16th - via:
It takes a keen and talented writer to find the full degree of subversion in Terry Gilliam's Brazil (1985), but the inestimable Bill Bodden has done just that: Bill Bodden has written fiction, essays, and magazine articles, and done a considerable... (Read More)

Meet the Ghost Show Cast! #20: Matthew Dawkins

June 15th - via:
Subversive Sci-Fi proudly includes the work of Matthew Dawkins, a most talented gentleman who shares his keen insights and a fresh perspective on Flash Gordon (1980): Matthew Dawkins is a writer and developer of tabletop roleplaying games based out... (Read More)

Meet the Ghost Show Cast! #19: Colm Lundberg

June 14th - via:
The incomparable Colm Lundberg --writer, designer, gentleman, scholar-- shares his unique take on The Matrix (1999) in Subversive Sci-Fi. It's a must read, and you won't want to miss it! Colm Lundberg lives in Co. Kerry in Ireland and appears to have... (Read More)

Meet the Ghost Show Cast! #18: Darren Watts

June 13th - via:
Only one gentleman has courage and knowledge enough to take a deep, deep dive into the deeply weird Liquid Sky (1982), and that is of course Darren Watts: Darren Watts is a writer, editor, and game designer living in Queens. He is the former... (Read More)

Meet the Ghost Show Cast! #17: Debaditya Mukhopadhyay

June 12th - via:
We're thrilled to welcome Dr. Debaditya Mukhopadhyay to the Ghost Show cast, and proud to publish his discussion of the groundbreaking Bollywood film Cargo (2019): Dr. Debaditya Mukhopadhyay is an Assistant Professor of English at Manikchak College,... (Read More)

The Subversive Sci-Fi Kickstarter Campaign Is Halfway Funded! (& Halfway Done)

June 11th - via:
Thanks to the phenomenal generosity of our backers, we are not only halfway to funding, but Subversive Sci-Fi will now feature THIRTY-SIX essays, including three picked by our backers! If you'd like to get in on the whole "Mind Control Ray" fad that... (Read More)

Meet the Ghost Show Cast! #16: Jaye Kovach

June 11th - via:
We're so blessed to have the unbelievably awesome and multi-talented artist Jaye Kovach sharing her reflections on The Girl with All the Gifts (2016): Jaye Kovach (Winterjaye) is a Portland, Oregon  born artist, musician, and writer who transplanted... (Read More)

Meet the Ghost Show Cast! #15: Justin Mohareb

June 10th - via:
We're pleased and proud to have the talented Justin Mohareb join the cast of Subversive Sci-Fi to discuss the film adaptation of Logan's Run (1976): If Justin Mohareb were to compare himself to anyone, it would be the character Forrest Gump. An... (Read More)

Meet the Ghost Show Cast! #14: Kristen Hutchinson

June 9th - via:
Sci-fi cinema can be terrifying, insightful, and subversive all at once, as ably illustrated by the super-talented Dr. Kristen Hutchinson's essay on Advantageous (2015): Dr. Kristen Hutchinson is an adjunct professor of art history and women’s and... (Read More)

Meet the Ghost Show Cast! #13: Robert J. Toth

June 8th - via:
Any major dude with half a heart surely will tell you, my friend, how much you need to read the prodigious Robert J. Toth's insights on the original sci-fi sports movie Rollerball (1975): When Robert J. Toth was a kid, he used to catch Rollerball... (Read More)

Meet the Ghost Show Cast! #12: Cynthia Celeste Miller

June 7th - via:
For Subversive Sci-Fi, let's do the Time Warp again! And there's no one better to discuss The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) than the incomparable Cynthia Celeste Miller: Cynthia Celeste Miller lives in Parsons, KS. with her life partner, Shelly,... (Read More)

Meet the Ghost Show Cast! #11: Spike Y Jones

June 6th - via:
Our series Everyone's Gone to the Movies has wit and insight as its cornerstones, and few writers exemplify these traits better than Spike Y Jones, who ably assesses why Silent Running (1972) is so greenly subversive. Art by Smif (Dan Smith) Spike Y... (Read More)

Meet the Ghost Show Cast! #10: Chloe Maveal

June 5th - via:
Today we're extremely proud to introduce one of the best reasons to support Subversive Sci-Fi: You get to read Chloe Maveal's take on Tank Girl (1995)! Chloe Maveal (they/them) is the Editor-In-Chief of the NeoText Review and a freelance essayist who... (Read More)

Meet the Ghost Show Cast! #9: Ethan Parker

June 4th - via:
Making our book safe for law-abiding citizens everywhere, Ethan Parker discusses the Subversive Sci-Fi satire RoboCop (1987): Ethan Parker was born at a very young age in Utah and grew up in Kansas. He studied Film and Journalism at the University of... (Read More)

Meet the Ghost Show Cast! #8: Shannon Watkins

June 3rd - via:
New voices, classic cinema -- exactly what our Everyone's Gone to the Movies series is all about! We're quite proud to bring you Shannon Watkins' perspective on The Fly (1986): A Tidewater native, Shannon Watkins nonetheless lives in Southwest... (Read More)

Meet the Ghost Show Cast! #7: Alex Bledsoe

June 2nd - via:
In a wide and random universe, we were blessed to meet novelist Alex Bledsoe, and for SSF he went behind the Iron Curtain and discovered Eolomea (1972): Alex Bledsoe grew up an hour north of Graceland (home of Elvis) and twenty minutes from Nutbush... (Read More)

Meet the Ghost Show Cast! #6: Lynn Firestone

June 1st - via:
Our very own Lynn Firestone serves as our spirit in the material world and illuminates your way through Ghost in the Shell (1995):  Lynn Firestone is a person who values kindness, rationality, creativity, nature and books. She is a native of... (Read More)

Meet the Ghost Show Cast! #5: Simon Bacon

May 31st - via:
Having the hyper-talented Simon Bacon back for SSF makes us glad to be alive! Appropriately enough, his topic is Tobe Hooper's Lifeforce (1985): Simon Bacon is an Independent Scholar based in Poznań, Poland. He has edited books on various subjects... (Read More)

Meet the Ghost Show Cast! #4: Lisa Morton

May 30th - via:
You probably already know all about the awesomeness that is Lisa Morton,  but if not, we're especially honored to present her keenly insightful discussion of the anime classic Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984): Photo by Seth Ryan Lisa... (Read More)

Meet the Ghost Show Cast! #3: Murray Leeder

May 29th - via:
No book on breaking sci-fi genre rules would be complete without Kris Kringle and Murray Leeder. We're delighted to have the latter expounding on the former's star turn in Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964): Murray Leeder is a Research... (Read More)

Meet the Ghost Show Cast! #2: Nicole Winchester

May 28th - via:
Today's update spotlighting our writers and their topics features the amazing Nicole Winchester, whose unique take on Deep Impact (1998) is a must-read: Some of Nicole Winchester’s favourite films of the past are now finding new audiences and... (Read More)

Meet the Ghost Show Cast! #1: Eddy Webb

May 27th - via:
We happily enlisted Eddy Webb, one of the most knowledgeable, entertaining, and engaging writers around (who is also totally not a replicant!) to talk about the incredibly influential meditation on the nature of humanity Blade Runner (1982): Eddy... (Read More)

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