The 1st Annual 50’s Sci-Fi Summer Trailerganza

As a huge fan of 50’s sci-fi films – honestly, I’d rather watch The Monolith Monsters than Avatar – I’ve come up with a theme for the posts I’m going to do this summer, a Sci-Fi Summer Trailerganza (I was going to call it “Trailerpalooza” but apparently that’s already a thing). Each week I’ll post the trailer for a sci-fi/monster movie from the 50’s along with comments and trivia about the film and links to where you can either watch it or buy it.

First up? Well, it has to be The Day the Earth Stood Still, since that’s where the title for this very site came from.

You can buy it here and learn some trivia about it at Wikipedia (fun fact: Gort the robot was played by 7 foot 1 inch Lock Martin, an usher at Grauman’s Chinese Theater). Also: avoid the Keanu Reeves remake.


16 years of PBJ

First, a thank you and hello to all of the new visitors I’ve had this week. I’ve discovered that the secret to getting tons of traffic is to put “Matt Damon” and “SNL” in the headline.

Second, today is the 16th birthday of Professor Barnhardt’s Journal. It’s more of a blog now instead of the magazine-like format it used to have, with essays and interviews and fiction and theme issues. Here’s our very first issue, Why I Write, with essays from Roger Ebert, Lawrence Block, T.C. Boyle, John Scalzi, and others.

(And here’s more, from last year’s 15th anniversary post.)

PBJ at 15

Today is the 15th anniversary of Professor Barnhardt’s Journal. It’s more of a blog now but we used to have original essays and stories and interviews. Maybe we’ll get back to that at some point. Anyway, I thought I’d link to some of my favorite pieces and posts over the years.

Why I Write – the first issue, with Roger Ebert, Lawrence Block, TC Boyle, & others
Lab Results: Love Potions One Through Eight, by Adam Finley
Guilty Pleasure: Unemployment, by Adam Finley
Two Writers Drinking, by Will Leitch and Bob Sassone
Rod Serling, by Jonathan Lethem
Words of Wisdom, by Bruce Campbell, Michael J. Nelson, Laura Miller, & others
Death Rat!, by Michael J. Nelson
Dispatches From An Embedded Office Worker, by Joe Lavin
The Ghost of Toto, by Tod Goldberg
Do Not Try This At Home, by Ken Levine
Wife, by Bob Sassone
Kevin Gilbert: 20 Years Later, by Bob Sassone
Design For Dying, by Renee Patrick
Smith Street, by Will Leitch

That’s just a small sampling. There’s more in the archives on the right!