Who Is Ed?

Ed Grabianowski is an author and freelance writer. He’s worked as a contributing writer for io9, HowStuffWorks, and Sweethome, and his fiction has appeared in several publications. Ed took second place in David Wellington’s Fear Project.

True Detective -- Night Finds You

It’s going to be hard to talk about anything else in this episode of True Detective other than that thing that happened. But let’s try. I had to watch this one twice to start to grasp things. My first mission…

True Detective Season 2 -- The Western Book of the Dead

True Detective: Season 2 is finally here, and it’s time to start unravelling the mysteries and unpacking the symbols. I love this sort of thing. To be sure, these aren’t going to be weekly recaps. I’m not going to rehash…

The '80s Marvel Super Heroes RPG Was Class 5000 Awesome

The 1980s Marvel Super Heroes RPG was well-designed and was supported by a ton of supplements and adventures. But the greatest thing about it was the FASERIP chart, the one chart that could tell you once and for all who…

How Shark Attacks Work

The sudden violence of a shark attack is truly a terrifying experience for the victim — but are sharks really man-eating monsters with a taste for human flesh?

The Strange Case of the $15,000 Magic Card

On the final weekend in May, Magic: the Gathering held a massive tournament in Las Vegas (and also in Chiba, Japan and Utrecht, Holland) that shattered attendance records, included at least one wedding, tons of cosplay, and one card opened…

Five weird theories of what lies outside the universe

Physicists have long studied the nature of the universe. But some go a step further into the unknown (and probably unknowable), contemplating what lies outside the boundaries of our universe. Is it possible that something else exists beyond existence? Yes….

How Rogue Waves Work

What was this colossal wave that appeared seemingly out of nowhere? It was a rogue wave. Rogue waves sound like something straight out of a sailor’s tall tale: ominous, mysterious, solitary waves of enormous height crashing down on ships at…

ROM: Spaceknight Might Be The Best Science Fiction Comic Of All Time

ROM: Spaceknight was designed as a toy, and Marvel’s comic about it was supposed to be a throwaway marketing gimmick. But writer Bill Mantlo created a space opera about duty and sacrifice, made ROM fall in love with a human,…

My Theory on the True Secret of True Detective

I’m weirdly obsessed with True Detective Season 1. I don’t usually get this way with things, but I’ve watched it three times so far. And I’ve come to believe in a weird idea about Rust Cohle and why he is…

Welcome Back to Robot Viking!

Hi everyone. The Robot Viking can never die, it merely waits. For longtime readers, most of the old gaming posts will not be coming back — we’re starting fresh! There will be new gaming posts, movie reviews, and information about…

Call Of Cthulhu Was The First Role-Playing Game To Drive People Insane

No swords. No wizards. Just regular humans, in way over their heads as they work to uncover the mind-shattering horrors of the Lovecraftian mythos. That’s the promise of the Call of Cthulhu RPG, and over 30 years later we’re still…

How Will The Infinity Gauntlet Be Adapted for Marvel Movies?

We know that the Avengers: Infinity War movies will focus on Thanos and his quest for godlike power, an idea pulled straight from The Infinity Gauntlet limited series. What parts of Gauntlet will the MCU use, and what parts are too…