About Rogue Planet

A rogue planet is a world that drifts through the void, alone, orbiting no star. We're kinda like that around here, except with better music.

You like a little science fiction, a side of pulsing synthwave on the cassette, that old-fashioned cyberpunk aesthetic with the grungy spaceships and barely-human cyborgs?

I'm bringing you science fiction and fantasy (SFF) with a pinch of 80's retro-synth aesthetics, and an appreciation for the finest pulp authors of the weird like Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, and Robert E. Howard.

About rogue planet
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Hey, I'm Matt.

I'm a writer and recovering academic who appreciates the craft of story, thinks that 80's action movies are about the best thing ever, and believes that John Carpenter is an underappreciated treasure.

Your Host works as a freelance marketing consultant & copywriter on the side.

Which means that I understand that talking about your favorite writers and stories isn't any fun when it's pretentious, dry, and boring.

SFF and weird "pulp" stories ought to be fun and exciting. Forget the Marxist revolutionary junk and the screeching about social change.

If that means reveling in Robert E. Howard's problematic masculinity or fanboying about 80s action flicks, then by Zeus's beard that's what we're going to do.

Oh, and we're going to talk about NewPub (indie publishing), the Pulp Revolution, and creativity, too.

How can you trust if this site is up your alley?

Here are a few rules of thumb:

  • You think Aliens, Predator, The Terminator, and Total Recall are among the best films ever made
  • You find yourself wishing for more films like this while gnashing your teeth at the state of Hollywood's terminal decline
  • You like to read stories about spaceships, ray-guns, and monsters getting smashed in the face by ex-bodybuilder action stars, but you find that there's a curious gap in that market
  • You aren't bothered when an SJW high priest casts Level 12 "that's racist" at a Lovecraft story from 1928
  • You find that John Carpenter's low-budget 80s movies tell better stories than any billion-dollar blockbuster in The Current Year

How does your life get better when you subscribe?

When you join, you can expect regular posts about fantastic fiction, written and filmed, along with obtuse reflections on philosophy, all accompanied by drops of  the latest synthwave soundtracks scrounged up from Youtube.

While many articles are publicly available, the good stuff is for members. If you want to read it all you'll need to join.

BEWARE: I don't have the usual writer's scruples about selling and shameless self-promotion. When it's time to pitch, you're getting pitched.

Not yet? Go have a read of the many dozens of free posts.

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