Author Archives: Matthew Bowman

About Matthew Bowman

Matthew Bowman is a traditionally-minded Catholic convert and freelance science fiction and fantasy editor, which means that he's in high demand in a small population. Fortunately, he loves talking about stories. And Catholicism. And history. And philosophy. And lots of other stuff.

Fate RPG Alternate Rules: Health

I’ve been a tabletop RPG gamer for decades. No, I’m not going to toss out how, gosh, I’m so old-school ’cause I know how to calculate THAC0, and that makes me better than you. I mean, I do know how to calculate … Continue reading

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Remembering the Challengers

On January 28th, 1986, the United States manned space program ground to a sudden halt with the deaths of seven people. Their names were Michael Smith, Dick Scobee, Judy Resnik, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Gregory Jarvis, and Christa McAuliffe.

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Ask a Catholic Geek: Moral Culpability in Service

I’ve been meaning to start up an Ask a Catholic Geek series, and this question posed in our Facebook group was the perfect opportunity. How do we explain, using moral theology, why it is licit to allow racists to use your … Continue reading

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Catholic Geek Lecture on the Hero’s Journey

This Saturday (yes, it’s short notice; sorry about that), I’ll be giving an online lecture through the Catholic Writers Guild. The topic is on the Hero’s Journey, a concept invented and popularized by Joseph Campbell. Here’s the blurb: March 24 … Continue reading

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[Guest Post] Rogue One: A Catholic Story

Robert Towne writes about Catholic parallels in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Continue reading

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The LEGO Ninjago Movie

As we all know, I’m a self-professed Lego fanboy. I’m also involved with an RLUG (an official club recognized by Lego, with some access to certain perks), and got an invite to see all three Lego franchise films before they … Continue reading

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Bricktonshire at BrickFair

I just got through with BrickFair VA 2017, which was fun as always. I didn’t have much time to go enjoy other displays, though, so I didn’t get a lot of picture-taking done. The last time I had all the … Continue reading

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Confession and the Rosary

The other day, I went to Confession and had an experience I wanted to share with the Catholic Geek audience. The priest was forceful, which is always a mixture of refreshing and startling. Confession is a sacrament of love, but sometimes … Continue reading

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Remembering Mother Angelica

A year ago today, Mother Angelica, founder of the Eternal Word Television Network and a powerful force for orthodoxy and the Church, passed away. She was an amazing figure who helped convert and revert untold thousands — one of them … Continue reading

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The Incarnation and the One Ring

Happy Ring Destruction Day! That’s right, Tolkien fans. Tomorrow, the 25th of March, is the anniversary of the day when, mumbleteen thousand years ago, Frodo, Sam, and Gollum entered Mount Doom to pitch the One Ring into the fire below. … Continue reading

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Why Is St. Patrick’s Day a Big Deal?

Is St. Patrick’s Day just an excuse to pretend to be Irish? Or is there more to it for Catholicism in America? Continue reading

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Doomsday Approacheth

I’ve always heard of doomsday referring to the end of the world. I’ve even heard it referring to comic book characters (notably Dr. Doom’s own holiday, Doom’s Day). I hadn’t known it was something that happened more than fifty times … Continue reading

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Avast! It Be Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Arr! It be International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Avast, ye landlubbers, or ye be walkin’ the plank!  It be possible that yer fine an’ brave captain o’ the fearsome ship Catholic Geek might have forgotten what today is . . … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Awards

A lot of attention has come to the state of awards in the field of science fiction and fantasy in the last few years, thanks to increasing problems with and arguments over the Hugo Awards. If you’re unaware of why, … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Discovery

Well, we have finally got a substantial update on the new Star Trek series that’s been talked about for a few years now. No time like the present, right? So I’m sure you want to know all about the characters! . … Continue reading

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The Catholic Geeks on The Drew Mariani Show

As I write this, I’m fresh from a last-minute interview on The Drew Mariani Show on Relevant Radio. I was asked to come on to talk about the Pokemon Go craze. Being myself, I wrote up about a page and a … Continue reading

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The Catholic Geek Radio Show: Emergency Substitution Edition!

Hello, sports fans! This is your friendly neighborhood admin speaking. Due to Declan being offline for the weekend with a severe case of convention attendance, I will be filling in this week on The Catholic Geek Radio Show!

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More on the Catholic Geek Library

Response to the Library has been great. I had done a pre-release announcement in three Facebook groups, and had a lot of immediate interest. There were authors who pledged to submit the moment that we went live, and submit they … Continue reading

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Announcing the Catholic Geek Library!

This weekend, I teased the logo you see here on social media. If you saw that, then now you get answers! If this is new to you, well, you still get answers! The Catholic Geeks is happy to announce a … Continue reading

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In the Spirit of ‘Rationalia’

The Internet has been blowing up about how Neil deGrasse Tyson proposing a new one-line constitutional society. I really have nothing to add to that . . . well, nothing specific to that. However, it reminded me heavily of a … Continue reading

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