Sci-Fi Biweekly Bulletin: Black Panther, The Gone World, and More

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From spaceships to alternate history, and other worlds to nanites, science fiction is a fascinating genre of rather amazing depth that many talented writers happily delve into on a daily basis. And we, the curators here at Sci-Fi & Scary, aren’t even going to talk about a tenth of it right now. However, what you will get is a selection of movies, books, and interesting articles from across the net. Also, there’s a strong potential for puns, gifs, and a moderate amount of fangirling.

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Science Fiction Movies

Movie cover for Black Panther

I don’t think I need to talk about this again, do I? What I want to know at this point is when are you going to see Black Panther?

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Science Fiction Books

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First off, in case you missed it, if you’re balls-to-the-wall about Black Panther, Titan Comics is releasing a Official Guide to the movie,complete with behind the scenes pictures and everything, on February 20th. Find out more here on our original post.

Book cover for The Gone World

The Gone World – Tom Sweterlitsch – February 6th, 2018

Inception meets True Detective in this science-fiction thriller of spellbinding tension and staggering scope. The Gone World follows a special agent into a savage murder case with grave implications for the fate of mankind. 

Shannon Moss is part of a clandestine division within the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. In Western Pennsylvania, 1997, she is assigned to solve the murder of a Navy SEAL’s family–and to locate his teenage daughter, who has disappeared. Though she can’t share the information with conventional law enforcement, Moss discovers that the missing SEAL was an astronaut aboard the spaceship U.S.S. Libra–a ship assumed lost to the darkest currents of Deep Time. Moss knows first-hand the mental trauma of time-travel and believes the SEAL’s experience with the future has triggered this violence.

Determined to find the missing girl and driven by a troubling connection from her own past, Moss travels ahead in time to explore possible versions of the future, seeking evidence or insight that will crack the present-day case. To her horror, the future reveals that it’s not only the fate of a family that hinges on her work, for what she witnesses rising over time’s horizon and hurtling toward the present is the Terminus: the terrifying and cataclysmic end of humanity itself.

Luminous and unsettling, The Gone World bristles with world-shattering ideas yet remains at its heart an intensely human story.

Note: I’m almost done with this, and it is a good read. Not an “Oh my god, this is so awesome I must forgo sleep to finish it” read, but a good read nonethless. Sweterlitsch has a fantastic imagination.

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Also released on Feb 13th: Gunpowder Moon and The Megarothke

Book cover for Gunpowder Moon

Book cover for the Megarothke

Goodreads Giveaways

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland

Awakened: A Novel by James S. Murray and Darren Wearmouth

Stars Uncharted by S.K. Dunstall

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Science Fiction Trivia

Thinking about carrots the other day I eventually started thinking about Signs (do you really want to know the thought processes behind that?) and it really annoys me when people gripe about two parts. Whether or not the rest of the movie is good is up for debate. Personally I like it. Except the ridiculous “Swing away, Merrill”. I would think it would make more sense to just throw the water at them.

Ok, one of the two things that it seems most people find ridiculous in the movie is the aliens coming to a planet that is primarily water. The movie leaves the aliens’ motives unexplained because, in a way, they’re really secondary in the plot to the human element. But humans are boring so let’s check out the aliens. Most of what they do in the movie seem to line up with what the kid (going by a book) describes as a raiding party. If they needed a resource, presumably humans since they are said to have taken some, wouldn’t they grab that resource from wherever it’s available? Whether or not that environment is hazardous? And it does seem as though they tried to take precautions against being near water. So, to me, it still makes sense that they would come here even if certain elements on the planet were hazardous to them.

The other is that damn doorknob. And the argument I always hear for that is “if they’re so advanced why can’t they open a door?”. Well, the only thing that I can say to that is that maybe their civilization has advanced past the use of knobs or maybe even doors. The alien takes a bit to figure it out but it obviously eventually does. So, when confronted with an object it may have never seen of course its going to take a bit to figure it out!

Well, what do you guys think? does it make sense? If you don’t think it does let me know (politely please!).

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Sci-Fi Guest Post Call

Anyone fancy doing a guest post about ‘relationship’ bots in Sci-Fi?

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Sci-Fi on the Web

Debate Club talks their Top 5 Sci-Fi Romances (Only one might surprise you.)

Haven’t had your fill of people griping about The Cloverfield Paradox? Check out The Ithican’s take on it.

Semiosis is a novel that’s on my radar (and I’m on it’s waiting list at the library), here’s a somewhat spoilery review from The Verge.

Like staying on top of what people call the ‘best recent science fiction’? Here’s The Guardian’s take on it.

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5 thoughts on “Sci-Fi Biweekly Bulletin: Black Panther, The Gone World, and More

  1. I’m seeing Black Panther Sunday.

    The Gone World and Gunpowder Moon (great title) both sound intriguing.

    I agree about Signs. I found it touching and genuinely scary at times. Even ‘Swing away’ doesn’t bother me. You get a much wider dispersal than simply tossing a glass of water which could miss, and the movie is not about aliens, it’s about the brothers finding their faith and self worth. In that regard I believe it is Night’s best work. Regarding the complaints of logic, Native people don’t wait until the weather is perfect to hunt, they do so when they need food regardless of the conditions. As you said, we don;t know why they are here, so it’s impossible to question their motives. Again, it’s not about the aliens, it’s about faith.

    One of the stories for my upcoming anthology revolves around a robot becoming integrated into a family unit, but its purpose is not that of ‘relationships’, but relationships and domestic service. I wouldn’t touch the former with a ten-meter cattle prod.

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