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About: Manxom Vroom


Profile: is the internet alias of Jeffrey Valka, a writer who lives in the metro Detroit area. His own blog can be found at the following address: . In addition to blogging, he also writes genre fiction.

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Recently I finished reading The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, a mainstream novel with a decidedly science fictional premise. First and foremost this book is a romance, but the relationship between the two protagonists Henry and Clare is complicated by the fact that Henry suffers from a genetic condition that causes him to slip back in time at random, unexpected moments.

Books that might have an appeal to readers outside…

The Golden Age Of Geekdom.

Back in the summer of 2002 it occurred to me that we were at the beginning of a “golden age of geekdom.” What prompted this thought? The fact that within the space of one year we would see a brand new movies devoted to Star Wars, Spider-Man and Lord of the Rings. If you had told me this back when I was twelve, I would have been over the moon with joy.…

Watching the Watchmen develop.

Video journal #4 is up at the official Warner Brothers Watchmen movie website. It’s hosted by comic book artist Dave Gibbons, and the video gives us a few tantalizing glimpses of how the world he and Alan Moore created will look on film. He remarks upon the incredible attention to detail that is being put into the film, which certainly is impressive. This will no doubt please the purists who demand…

New podcast: “The Unbelievable Origin of Superspiff and the Toothpick Kid.”

D.K. Thompson, a writer friend of mine, has just launched a new podcast called “The Unbelieveable Origin of Superspiff and the Toothpick Kid.” This is part one of a short story about a superhero called Cyberpunk who is approached by a couple of fanboys at a comic book convention:

Okay, here’s the golden rule of comic books: everyone has a secret identity. Sure, the superhero has a secret identity, but people…

Sean Connery, what were you thinking?

There can be no doubt that Sean Connery is a cinematic legend. He is the definitive James Bond, and he is Indiana Jones’s father. He won an Oscar for his portrayal of Jim Malone in The Untouchables, and rightly so. He is The Man. But for someone as highly regarded as him, he’s appeared in some really…let’s just say, craptacular movies.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)

Connery plays Allan Quatermain in this…

Growing up Star Wars: 1977-1985.

If you are a member of Generation X (those born between 1965 and 1982), odds are that the original Star Wars trilogy figured prominently in your childhood. I was lucky enough to see Star Wars (not “Episode IV: A New Hope” - just plain old Star Wars)on the big screen at the tender age of seven, and it totally blew my mind. My life was forever changed that happy day,…

Black Blade, Heavy Metal - The Influence of Michael Moorcock

2008 has been a banner year for British science fiction and fantasy author Michael Moorcock: the Times Online named him as one of the 50 greatest British writers after 1945, a list that includes such luminaries as J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, George Orwell, Ian Fleming, Iris Murdoch and Kingsley Amis. He was also named a Grand Master by SFWA, which is their highest honor.

Del Rey books just published a…