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Ryan Pfeil

This is a blog for southern Oregonians to check in on all things geek. Sci-fi, history, comics, movies, video/photo and anything else that would have gotten you shut in a locker in high school. Have fun.

I should absolutely be able to expense the Captain America backpack I just found out existed

Dear Editor: Good morning. But enough about me. Can I get you anything? Tea? Coffee? Donuts? Have you been working out? *clears throat* Destiny is an odd concept. I imagine most people don’t believe in it. I didn’t. It suggests our choices and decisions mean nothing, that ultimately, our journey is predetermined by outside forces [...]

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Sorcerer-historians and hunted boats

No joke: author Erik Larson could write a book about paint drying and I would read it. Little-to-no hyperbole, Larson is an honest-to-God time traveler, a sorcerer-historian hybrid that probably secretly knows more about wormholes and space-time than Einstein, Carl Sagan or Neil deGrasse Tyson. His historical narrative books read more like eyewitness accounts than [...]

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The prodigal Watterson

Here’s how some of the first few lines of my new book go: “I grew up in Chagrin Falls, which is a small town, an outer suburb of Cleveland. It was originally a mill town in the 1800s, and a paper-bag factory was still going when I was growing up. They used to dump their [...]

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Artists, unsung

My childhood science fiction education was very rich and thorough, thanks to my father. His teaching methodology was simple enough. You probably have movie/book enthusiasts in your life who do something similar: 1) Ask me if I’ve seen/read something. 2) If I haven’t, put it in front of me ASAP. He did this with books [...]

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Happiest birthday to the dearest of Seusses

This can’t be coincidence, the books I’ve been reading. The words my kid’s hearing, the art she’s been seeing. For the past three nights straight, I have introduced My daughter to a man pseudonym’d Dr. Seuss. See, a relative’s moving, limiting what he took. And he happened, by chance, to find this old book. A [...]

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Dark house

It’s been more than nine years since the dark house in the woods burned down. Still, it haunts me. This is one of those stories where you have to have faith that I’m not messing with you. I can’t offer exhibits or evidence beyond the few photos that I took of the house in Colorado’s [...]

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‘Gotham’: Pace thyself

I tuned into the pilot episode of “Gotham” with zero apprehension last night. Why would I? Conceptually, the Batman origin story TV series had me at hello. “Let’s not just go back to the beginning,” the storytellers seemed to say in the ads. “We need to loiter awhile. “But this origin story needs to be [...]

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I may own the Batcave, but that doesn’t mean I built it

Here’s a basic story premise for you, one I’m sure you could tie to a number of books or movies: “A family moves into a new house and begins to discover things about it.” You’ve already thought of one or two I’m sure. “Poltergeist” is probably in there. “The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe,” [...]

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Origin Story: Noticeable vacancy

This is the eighth installment in a series of entries about the arrival of my first child.  Dear Bethany, Running clears my head, especially when I can do it close to the ocean. Especially when it’s morning. The lazy hiss of the saltwater flushes out the usual clogs of to-do lists and what-if treatises. The [...]

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Origin Story: Read, kid

This is the seventh installment in a series of entries about the arrival of my first child. Dear Bethany, Your great-grandma thought your grandma was crazy. I was the crux of it — newborn, helpless, unable to escape her grasp as she read me Beatrix Potter stories about a young rabbit who doesn’t do what [...]

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