Jurassic World Trailer

“If something chases you… run!” Welcome back to Jurassic World, a theme park where the patrons are lunch. Though we expected the first full trailer for Colin Trevorrow’s sequel to drop on Thanksgiving, someone took the bird out of the oven much earlier, giving us a long, loving look at what promises to be one of the biggest movies of 2015.


Jurassic World – Official Trailer (HD)
The Park Is Open June 12


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Mokele-Mbembe Expedition 2015

My mates and I will be doing our damnedest to find the elusive Mokele-mbembe in the next year or so.

We’ll also be pressing the Cameroonian authorities to deal severely with poachers of elephants and gorillas. They have heard us by sending 600 commandos into our search area to arrest the lowlifes who cater to the barbarous trade in animal parts.

Bill Gibbons put together this video to emphasize the perils and work that lie before us.

It’s graphic, but it shows what we have to contend with when we are in the nether reaches of the Dja river region.

We do what we have to even though we face real danger. The slaughter has to stop and the great unknown we have sought needs to be protected. We won’t cease until both objectives are achieved.

Plans are now underway to return to a discreet location near the upper Dja River in January 2015. Please check in with us on Facebook at ‘Into The Cameroon’ and learn what you can do to help us make the trip. We hope to track the movements of elephant & gorilla poachers with the help of our Cameroonian friends & colleagues, as well as gather evidence for new and rare species in the area. Its going to be tough, but together we CAN make it happen!

Kronos Rising Reviewed

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Crypto-fiction review: Kronos Rising
Reviewed by: Matt Bille

Kronos Rising
Max Hawthorne
Far From the Tree Press
2013 (updated edition)

“Creature” novels usually have two faults: the hand-waving of the science and the inability of the author to keep our attention when the creature is off stage. Hawthorne’s novel succeeds on the second count and certainly tries on the first.

So to give the good news first, Hawthorne can write. Some of his characters (the two-fisted lawman, the woman scientist) are tropes of this genre, but Hawthorne writes them colorfully and sure-footedly. Everyone has an interesting backstory, which helps us cheer on the heroes and slightly humanizes the villains. (One odd note here: the novel’s repeated reference to champion fencers being national figures and having a professional tour is so weird I assume Hawthorne means it as a kind of running gag.)

Hawthorne knows the sea, and the ocean scenes are authentic and suspenseful. We spend time on several ships, and all of them are described in interesting detail. We feel the rocking of the waves and smell the salt air.

Finally, Hawthorne is good at plotting and pacing. The book races along, and only the drawn-out climax seems too long.

So it’s eminently readable. The science needs some work.


Hawthorne’s villain is an evolved species of kronosaur, close to a hundred feet long. It’s common for authors using extinct creatures to postulate that evolution over millions of years has left them bigger, smarter, and in this case, with the ability of echolocation, and that all falls under the heading of speculative fiction as long as the critter is at least possible.

It bothered me to see a baleen whale echolocate. This and some other liberties with the science are things that could have been revised (e.g., if it’s the wrong habitat for a colossal squid, good old Architeuthis would do) or written around.

The knonosaurs’ survival to the present is incomplete: Hawthorne presents a story that puts two kronosaurs in a volcanic cone after the K-T asteroid impact, but the next 65 million years is a bit fuzzy. However, he gets credit for trying, because a lot of “survival” novelists really don’t.

None of the nitpicks will bother anyone looking for a fun read, because Kronos Rising delivers on the fun: it has plenty of plot twists, roller-coaster suspense, colorful characters, and action. On that score, I got my money’s worth.

See also:

Whale Killed by Extinct Marine Reptile?
Q & A With Kronos Rising Author
Reviewed: Kronos Rising
Kronos Rising Soon!

Mokele-Mbembe Expedition 2015

Bill Gibbons, myself and the rest of our Mokele-mbembe expedition group are looking to raise funds to go back to Cameroon to find the elusive animal.

We will start a fundraising campaign soon and have posted this video to help you decide whether you want to help us or not.

It’s quite informative so enjoy:

Mokele mbembe – A New Hunt Is On!

New findings concerning Mokele-mbembe have prompted us to launch a major expedition set for late 2014. Watch out for our crowd funding event with some great concessions, coming soon. Thanks for watching!