Author Archives: Dirk Flinthart

Confessions Of A Sometime Neophiliac

My mum was… not a very good cook. In saying this, I take nothing from her memory. She often admitted this herself: she did not enjoy cooking. The food that sustained my sister and me for so many years was plain, but healthy and sufficient. Even after all this time, I could still list the […]

The Troublesome Question of Star Trek: Discovery…

Now,  here’s a thing. I know perfectly well that expressing an opinion with regard to ANYTHING Star Trek from ANY time or location is tantamount to throwing rocks a wasp nest… a really big wasp nest full of dopey, angry and confused wasps who are nevertheless extremely persistent. But — what the hell. Some days […]

Russell’s Teapot

— by Dirk Flinthart “Is that..? No. That can’t possibly be what it looks like.” Untermeyer frowned at the glossy photo on his desk, and pushed it aside. “It’s some kind of a hoax. A prank?” Mieke faked a cough to cover her gasp of indignation. “Ahhh… no, sir. I wouldn’t do that to you, […]

For My Daughter

I’m still writing narrative fiction, but lately I’ve been tangled up with scriptwriting for a few folks. While as yet nothing much has come of it, I have hopes — and it’s keeping me quite busy. But not so busy I can’t find time for my daughter. I’ve taken to doing some role-playing gaming with […]

Review: Netflix movie “Bright”

Sue me. I was tired and slightly drunk. I watched ‘Bright’. Normally I’d include an image or two, or a link. Or whatever. But screw it. Too much effort. No. I didn’t like ‘Bright’.  It reminded me of ‘The Matrix’. When ‘The Matrix’ came out, the moviegoing world drew a collective breath and went “Oooh! […]

Why I Like The Princess Bride

Ought to be a no-brainer, right? Apparently less so than I thought. I went to a 30th anniversary screening of The Princess Bride the other night. It was organised by a local political figure, and the film played on a small dropdown screen in a space above  a sports facility. Nevertheless, the room was full […]

Straya On The Moon!

So apparently Australia is getting it’s very own Space Agency. Who knew? If only it had happened earlier. Perhaps this story — written, I think, while I was at least partly drunk — might have been closer to the truth… The year is 1973, in an alternate universe. Here, America very sensibly decided that a […]