V.22 No.21 | 5/23/2013

In Memoriam

RIP Jack Vance

The cusp of the demon is the iPad in your lap

If you said “Jack who?” you might want to know George R.R. Martin once called him the greatest living science fiction writer and a master of fantasy “right up there with Tolkien.” That’s right, buddy, Tolkien. Unfortunately, as of Sunday, May 26, 2013, he no longer qualifies as living and will have to settle for merely being the greatest.

Carlo Rotella’s overview of Vance’s significance as a writer in The New York Times Magazine is probably the best thing I’ve ever read about him. I suggest you read it too. “The Eyes of the Overworld” (from the second Dying Earth book) is a prescient and deeply ironic metaphor for this avatar-obsessed virtual non-life we’re cultivating as a race of touchscreen and phone addicts. And this, 40 years before FaceBook. It’s also hilarious. Thank you, Jack Vance, for just being you.

V.20 No.36 | 9/8/2011

Arts Feature

Five Seven Five

The winners of our 19th annual Haiku Contest

It wasn’t easy editing the results of our 19th annual haiku contest. Below the winners wax poetic on subjects ranging from “APD” to “Erotic” to “Breaking Bad.”

V.20 No.34 | 8/25/2011

Culture Shock

Bubonicon, Steampunk Style

A totally killer schedule is in place for Albuquerque’s annual, homegrown festival of science fiction and fantasy. The theme of this year’s convention is steampunk, which we at the Alibi are crazy about [Feature, “Full Steam Ahead,” July 21-27]. There’s a costume contest on Saturday night, a discussion on “Steampunk Definitions: More Than Victorian Clothing,” a make-and-take workshop with gears, and vendors selling corsets, cloaks and all the other bits and bobs to fulfill your mechanical-wonder needs.

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V.20 No.33 | 8/18/2011


The Daily Word in Madoff’s pants, hand hearts and whiskey

The Daily Word

Family of civil rights lawyer Mary Han says police botched the investigation of her death.

Los Ranchos may get a plastic bag manufacturing plant that operates 24 hours a day.

Guv sent out letters to see whether immigrants with driver’s licenses still live in the state. She says more than a quarter of them were sent back by the post office.

Bernie Madoff’s pants can house your iPad.

Carlsbad is running out of water.

Tonight, Republican candidates will debate in Iowa. Gawker’s got your predictions.

More people are getting their tattoos removed.

Cybersex 2.0

The secrets of hand hearts revealed.

Robotic exoskeleton. Yhuuuuuusssssssssss.

Underwater volcano to erupt near Oregon.

American distillers may be rushing whiskey. Crisis?

An investigative report on the use of drones.

The top 100 sci-fi and fantasy books.

V.20 No.27 | 7/7/2011
Sam Adams

Album Release

Pistol Star

SuperGiant’s oracular third creation

On Saturday, July 9, SuperGiant releases its third (mystical, heavy, bitchin’) album Pistol Star, recorded over the past two years with Sid Garcia at Sight 16 Studio. The Alibi was previously unable to cover SuperGiant happenings given the fact that half of the band was employed by the paper. That no longer being the case, below, in our first article on the band, vocalist Joel Rogers discusses equipment, symbolism and the mysteries of existence.
V.20 No.25 | 6/23/2011


ACE Panel Schedule

Friday, June 24

Our comprehensive guide to the Albuquerque Comic Expo–panels, prizes and super-powered personas galore.
V.20 No.1 | 1/6/2011

Couch Potato

I Like to Watch (Instantly): She

Or maybe I don’t


Directed by Avi Nesher

Cast: Sandahl Bergman, David Goss, Quin Kessler, Harrison Muller Jr., Elena Wiedermann, Gordon Mitchell, Laurie Sherman, Andrew McLeay

Is this a recommendation or a warning? Only you can decide.

The unlikable protagonists, Tom and Dick, are wandering around a post-apocalyptic bizarro world where each town is a separate movie cliché. They’re looking for their kidnapped sister, Hari. So that’s Tom, Dick and Hari. They don’t say much during the movie, though Dick is kind of rape-y.

The brothers are kidnapped themselves by a worshipper of the goddess She. Tom is shoved into a series of wooden spikes lined up as a wooden-spike gauntlet in a scene of the worst acting, camerawork and blood effects I have ever seen. He’s left for dead.

Goddess She embarks on some kind of test in an area full of packing crates. The props master clearly told some flunky to spray tough-looking graffiti on all of the crates, so they say “New York” and “Danger” and “Don’t Touch.” If you decide to watch this flick, pay attention to the graffiti throughout. It’s a highlight.

With her big knives tucked sexily into her revealing white shift (because when the society goes matriarchal, women are even MORE sexy and wear even LESS clothing despite the necessities of battle), She defeats a bunch of giant masked dudes who jump out of the packing crates. A mechanical Frankenstein is her last foe.

Tom survives the spikes somehow and kidnaps the goddess in the next scene by picking her up with his hands. That was easy! Then he puts her on a horse and rides away, keeping her hostage with one arm while commanding the horse with the other.

They end up in a leper town, and the lepers have apparently seen the Star Wars trash compactor scene, because they throw Tom, Dick and She into the exact same scenario. She’s warrior women, all wearing tighty whiteys, rescue them. (The actresses in this cinematic masterpiece clearly do 120 minutes of step aerobics each day.)

The goddess doesn’t allow her soldiers to kill Tom and Dick—in spite of the kidnapping and rape innuendo—and instead chooses to follow them through dangerous situations while they look for their sister. Never mind the entire village of worshipers waiting to say “She, She, She, She, She, She, She” for waaaaay too long back home.

They meet up with vampires in Grecian garb, a communist god who controls things with his glowing green eyes, and a man in a ballerina costume who works for an old-man scientist wearing lipstick.

There’s a moment where one of the commie god’s followers kills him to find out if he’s mortal, and then screams about how the god lied to them. I was totally hooked. Sometimes even bad imaginations produce good moments if you get in deep enough.

She stars Sandahl Bergman as the goddess, though it seems like her IMDb bio is trying really hard to forget that.

In sum: Wait, what?

V.19 No.37 | 9/16/2010
The Dark Crystal

Couch Potato

I Like to Watch (Instantly): The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth

Notable ’80s Jim Henson titles from the Netflix Watch Instantly world


Directed by Frank Oz, Jim Henson

Cast: Stephen Garlick, Lisa Maxwell, Billie Whitelaw, Percy Edwards, Barry Dennen, Michael Kilgarriff, Jerry Nelson, Thick Wilson, Joseph O'Conor

Back in 1982, Muppet men Jim Henson and Frank Oz created this imaginative fantasy film and populated it with some of their most memorable puppeteering work. Everything takes place in a dark, ruined world ruled over by the evil, birdlike Skeksis. Naturally, a young orphan boy holds the key to stopping the bad guys and saving his planet. Misunderstood at the time, this scarier, more adult film has garnered a significant cult following in the years since.

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V.19 No.34 | 8/26/2010

Alibi Picks

Bubonicon 42

Turn off the SyFy channel and tune in to the real deal; Bubonicon 42, Albuquerque's largest convention for all things science fiction and fantasy, lands this weekend at the Albuquerque Grand Airport Hotel (2910 Yale SE). For three days, unleash your inner nerd and get your fill of artists, authors, filmmakers, screenwriters and vendors. The theme for this year is based on Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, so wear a bathrobe and bring a towel. Admission is $15 for Friday and Sunday and $25 for Saturday, or you can snag a three-day pass for $42. It's $20 for the entire weekend if you're 14 to 17. And children 14-and-under are free but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, or risk being vaporized on the spot. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit