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J. J. (or just Jen) Ulm lives in the Fifth By Northwest neighborhood of Columbus with three ferrets and her long-suffering best friend-slash-roommate. She grew up first in rural Alabama, then in the Washington D.C. suburbs, but as a Columbus resident since 2002 she considers Ohio her true home. She worked at Half Price Books and then Nationwide before recently deciding to get serious about writing, and she writes fiction in addition to her articles for the Free Press. Her obsessions include Transformers, writing implements, and long-out-of-print sci-fi and fantasy authors.

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03 April 2018

It’s that time of year again: Another summer movie season is nearly upon us.

You could certainly be forgiven for not being up to date on what special...

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05 March 2018

Since Pepper Potts in the very first Iron Man movie in 2008, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has given us solid, well-written women – in supporting roles. And...

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30 January 2018

There's a simple fact about geek media that's well-known to every woman, every person of color, every queer person who has ever been a fan, but which seems...

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03 January 2018

Your heroes aren’t perfect. That’s the lesson of The Last Jedi, the latest feature film installment in the Star Wars series. Your heroes...

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06 December 2017

Do you use the internet? Like, at all? On your phone, on your laptop, on a big glowing gaming rig or a desktop held together with chewing gum and...

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31 October 2017

For the last several decades, since we got enough distance between us and World War II for them to be a hypothetical threat rather than an active...

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