Queering the (Strange Horizons)

Proud to share my first publication in a pro market! You can read my essay Queering the Cyborg: How the Hybrid Body can Set us Free in Strange Horizons today! You can read my essay Queering the Cyborg: How the Hybrid Body can Set us Free in Strange Horizons today! focusing the figure of the … Continue reading Queering the (Strange Horizons)

Library cancellation

As I have stated in other social media (though I forgot to do so here), though, I was scheduled to speak at the Runnymede Branch of the Toronto Public library this evening on October 30th. Two weeks ago I cancelled this event. I cannot in good conscience work with the TPL in the light of … Continue reading Library cancellation

Rockets inbound for June!

My publisher has released the first graphic for What We See in the Smoke! Here is a first glimpse of the incredible cover illustrated by Toronto artist Raz Latif  Creating this novel has been a fantastic journey for me, and I'm excited to have more news to announce very soon! Though it will be available online earlier, I couldn't be happier … Continue reading Rockets inbound for June!

2019 Update

Hello everyone! I hope all have been enjoying 2019 so far. I've come back, after a little bit to much radio silence. exciting things are on the horizon for me. I'll be reading some poetry next friday at the launch of The Trinity Review! Also excited to say that an excerpt from my book, Planet 58, will be … Continue reading 2019 Update

The Sins of Professor X (Part Two)

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Hey, did you miss me? Well I missed you! Welcome back to:

TheSins of Charles Xavier! (Part Two)

Let us jump in right where I left off on the good Professor, with…

4. Danger!

So the X-Men’s training room is pretty cool, right? For some reason Xavier saw fit to build a work-out chamber in his school called the Danger Room. It’s basically a room that can make all kinds of robots and hard-light projections so that the X-Men can practice getting shot at and train as a superhero team in a controlled environment.

It also serves as a pretty good backdrop every time Cyclops or Wolverine decide that the only way to solve their emotional issues is LARP violence. The Danger Room is basically the holodeck from Star Trek: The Next Generation dialed up to 11.

So it really shouldn’t come as any surprise when the danger room…

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The Sins of Professor X (Part One)

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Let me roll off some key features of a comic book character and see if you figure out who I’m talking about:

Kindly father figure, symbol of peace and tolerance, wheelchair-bound, teacher, bald, eyebrows like the wings of an eagle, enjoys the letter X, disagrees with his more violent buddy, named a school after himself, and the spitting image of Sir Patrick Stewart. See, at this point, you probably have a pretty clear idea of who I’m talking about. If you don’t… nah, you do (come on, Ben, be confident).

Okay, now I’m going to rattle off a few more key characteristics and see what happens: dead-beat dad, creepy perv, master manipulator, liar, militant extremist, destroyer of worlds, child abuser, slave driver, guy who can walk.

No, I am not describing two entirely different characters. All these characteristics add up to define Professor Charles Xavier, man of peace, founder of…

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The Wrath of Khan

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“How do you feel, Jim?”

Did you ever read a book or watch a movie as a kid and think, “Hot diggity, that was great!”, only to leave it for a long time, get some grey in your hair (seven hairs exactly), and then come back to that movie you loved as a kid only to finally realise how brilliant it was?

Okay, maybe that was a bit specific. But that is my experience with what is undeniably the best of the Star Trek movies: The Wrath of Khan (1982).

When I was little, I could only appreciate how fun the movie was. I wasn’t equipped to appreciate how Nicholas Meyer paints his space opera of revenge with themes from classic literature. I can now.

After Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)failed to gain the box office numbers that Paramount wanted, The Wrath of…

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