Apparently, the Tully Monster is an anomalous fossil that no one xan quite figure out. Some scientists feel it’s an invertebrate, others see signs that it’s a vertebrate, and no one quite knows what the devil the thing is, besides an escape from the Plateaus of Leng. Recently, someone decided to use a synchrotron to study the fossil, and the results have left people more confused than ever.
Caroline Furlong, prompted by a comment from the illustrious Timothy Zahn, has a great discussion on character deaths in fiction and whether they’re necessary. Anyone that knows me knows how I feel about the Macross franchise, but one aspect of it is becoming a bit trite: character deaths. The original series boldly killed an ace pilot, in a way that was stupid but in character for him, and it acted as a catalyst for the protagonist’s growth. Sequels have seen other ace pilots die, sometimes satisfyingly, sometimes unsatsifyingly, but in the the most recent installment, it felt just… like a box to be ticked off. Because it is; it’s not about the horrors of war, or character growth; it was just a Macross thing. And Macross, when it’s at its best, is being bonkers and creative, not ticking off boxes.
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Joshua M. Young lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife, son, and two more feral cats than the optimal number of feral cats. (That is, zero.) He holds a Master of Divinity from Ashland Theological Seminary, and yes, he's quite aware that writing this kind of stuff isn't exactly what you'd expect from a trained theologian. A life long lover of science fiction and fantasy, one of his earliest memories involves some confusion with a Klingon Bird of Prey and an X-Wing in the middle of a theater showing The Search for Spock, and, once upon a time, he could select the desired Robotech novel from his bookshelf, in the dark, by the feel of its spine. (Don't ask why that was a necessary skill. He couldn't tell you.) He has been published in numerous anthologies, including Planetary: Mercury, Planetary: Venus, and Tales of the Once and Future King.