Female Sci-Fi Authors Part 1: Canada and Australia

When I was working up my post for Juneteenth (African American Science Fiction and Horror Writers), I was pleasantly surprised by how many on the list were female. I honestly wasn’t expecting it to work out that way. So, it’s obvious there are some notable females writing in science fiction and horror. But one list just isn’t enough. So today we’re revisiting a segment of this, with a slight modification.

Every female in this list is from (or has chosen as her permanent residence) a country that isn’t the USA or Britain. There are lots of fantastic authors from both the US and Britain, but, let’s face it, they get 99 percent of the attention. Time to shake that up a bit.

This is the first in a planned series where I take some time to highlight notable female science fiction authors from around the world. It’s just too bulky of a piece to post all at once.

To be clear: This is an introduction to these authors, nothing more. While I have referenced some book lists and whatnot, I’m not qualified to do a full write-up on these talented women. I’ve given you the information, and at the bottom I’ve linked you to a database where you can visit their websites when available (wikipedia when not). I hope you take the time to investigate some of the names and hopefully find some new authors to check out!

Canadian Science Fiction Authors

Canada has given us some fantastic female science fiction authors, and some stories to really sink our teeth into. You may recognize one of Canada’s leading ladies of SF right away. Her name is Margaret Atwood, and she’s best known at the moment for her book The Handmaid’s Tale.

Book cover for The Handmaid's Tale

But she’s definitely not the only Canadian writer of note. They also have Candas Jane Dorsey, Esther Rochon, Joan D. Vinge, Tanya Huff and Madeline Ashby. Candas Jane Dorsey is the founder of SF Canada. Esther Rochon won the Quebec Science Fiction Fantasy Grand Prix four times. Joan D. Vinge’s novel, The Snow Queen, won the Hugo Award for best novel in 1981.

Book cover for The Snow QueenThey had Nalo Hopkinson until 2011. Then we lured her to the dark side. But considering she lived there from the time she was sixteen until fairly recently, I’m counting her as Canadian. Nalo Hopkinson won a Locus Award for Best First Novel for Brown Girl in the Ring.

And not forgetting the ladies who have passed on, but made their mark: Phyllis Gotlieb, Monica Hughes, Edna Mayne Hull (published under E. Mayne Hull).

Looking for specific book suggestions? You can start here.

Canadian Science Fiction Awards: The Aurora Awards, The Constellation Awards (Film and Televison), The Sunburst Award (Spec. fic)

Australian Science Fiction Authors

Australia is another country with a solid double handful of talented female science fiction writers. What young adult science fiction fan doesn’t know the name Amie Kaufman? Kaufman partnered with Jay Kristoff to produce the Illuminae series, which has received recognition not only for its unique formatting but for the stories the series tells. Though maybe not quite as familiar as Amie Kaufman, Kim Westood is also rather notable. She’s a name those with a penchant for darker works should pay attention to, and has won awards for both her science fiction and horror work. I’m sure readers are probably familiar with Lotus Blue by Cat Sparks as well. Lotus Blue is hardly Spark’s first work, though it is her firstBook cover for Illuminae novel. She has been nominated multiple times for awards for her short fiction (and won more than a few.) She also co-owns Agog! Press.

Marianne de Pierres has won 2 Aurealis awards for Best Science Fiction Novel, as well as Ditmar for Best Novel. (The Ditmar’s like the Hugo, but for Australia only.) Rosaleen Love has been nominated for the Ditmar award 6 times and won the Chandler Award in 2009 for her work.  If you like Dr. Who, you might be familiar with the name Kate Orman, who is well-known for her Dr. Who related novels.

Book cover for Dark Space

Majorie Barnard and Flora Eldershaw formed the team called M. Bernard Eldershaw, and produced one of the earliest recognized works of Australian Science Fiction.  Flora Eldershaw became the first woman president of the Fellowship of Australian Writers. Alison Goodman’s debut novel won an Aurealis for Best Young Adult Novel. She won a second Aurealis for a fantasy novel, and has also received the James Tiptree, Jr. award. Norma K. Hemming is considered to be Australia’s first significant female science fiction writer.  There is now an award given out by the Australian Science Fiction Foundation under her name. It is “given to mark excellence in the exploration of themes of race, gender, sexuality, class and disability in a speculative fiction work (e.g. science fiction, fantasy, horror) by an individual author, produced either in Australia or by Australian citizens” (from ASFF.org.au)

And I have to give a nod to author D.L. Richardson who does sci-fi, fantasy, and horror and is just a lovely person.

Australian Science Fiction Awards: Aurealis Awards, Ditmar Awards, and the Chandler Award

These two countries have, by far, the most female science fiction writers of any of the posts that I will do. I almost feel like I’m cheating because a lot of these names are well-known. I assure that will change as we work our way further down the list! Also, I know that I didn’t include every single female science fiction writer. That’s just not plausible. This would be nothing more than a list of names. (Though, if you want that, click here for my little database of female science fiction writers)

Sources not mentioned in links in text: 

 

Press Release: The Osiris Child (Sci-Fi Action Film)

 

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RLJ ENTERTAINMENT ACQUIRES

“THE OSIRIS CHILD: SCIENCE FICTION VOLUME 1”

Film Set to Release in Theaters and on VOD in Fall 2017

LOS ANGELES, June 13, 2017 – RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) has acquired all North American rights to the highly anticipated action/science fiction film THE OSIRIS CHILD.  Directed by Shane Abbess (Infini, Gabriel), who also co-wrote the film with Brian Cachia (Infini), the film stars Kellan Lutz (Twilight Franchise), Daniel MacPherson (The Shannara Chronicles, “APB”), Isabel Lucas (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Knight of Cups), Temuera Morrison (“Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith”), with Rachel Griffiths (Hacksaw Ridge, “Six Feet Under”) and Teagan Croft, making her feature film debut.

 

RLJE plans to release THE OSIRIS CHILD in theaters and On Demand in Fall 2017.  Mark Ward, RLJE’s Chief Acquisitions Officer, made the announcement today.

 

“We’re excited to be releasing this action-filled, science fiction film,” said Ward.  “Writer/director Shane Abbess is a true visual talent who cleverly applies his knowledge of filmmaking to bring a futuristic action-packed, adventure-filled story to the big screen.”

 

THE OSIRIS CHILD is set in a time of interplanetary colonization.  Sy Lombrok (Kellan Lutz), a drifter with a haunted past, forms an unlikely alliance with Kane Sommerville (Daniel MacPherson), a lieutenant who works for off-world military contractor Exor.  In a race against time, they set out to rescue Kane’s young daughter Indi (Teagan Croft) amid an impending global crisis created by Exor.

 

“We wanted to bring back a type of movie that seemed all but extinct – the old school sci-fi action/adventure from the 80’s with monsters, prison planets, sky battles and a host of fun, colorful characters. It’s a big universe with a huge story arc and we’re ecstatic to introduce it to the world with this first installment,’” said Abbess.

 

THE OSIRIS CHILD is produced by Matthew Graham, Brett Thornquest, Sidonie Abbene and Abbess via their Storm Alley and Eclectik Vision banners, in association with Phonetic Images and executive produced by Steven Matusko.  The producing team previously collaborated on Infini and Terminus and most recently the upcoming thriller Better Watch Out.

 

RLJ Entertainment’s Ward and Jess De Leo negotiated the deal with XYZ Film’s Co-Founder Nate Bolotin on behalf of the filmmakers.

Still from Osiris Child
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RLJ Entertainment’s upcoming feature films include Once Upon a Time in Venice with Bruce Willis, Bushwick with Dave Bautista and Brittany Snow, and Pilgrimage with Tom Holland and Jon Bernthal.   www.us.rljentertainment.com.

 

 

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Our Favorite Dads in Sci-Fi & Horror

A banner with the words The Top Ten Tuesday List on it.This isn’t going to be a TTT that just draws from books. Because, for as much as we read, it’s hard to think of dads in science fiction and horror. At least that aren’t weird or disgusting or, y’know, murderous. And it’s for that reason that we also need to clarify that this list of our favorite dads in sci-fi and horror may not include all blood-related fathers, but also step-fathers, honorary fathers, and father figures. This is also not a list in any particular order.

Psst: As usual, the prompts for Top Ten Tuesday are provided courtesy of Broke and Bookish.

 


Our Favorite Dads in Sci-Fi & Horror

  1. Rupert Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Okay, while I had a seriously skeevy crush on the old man in tweed when I was younger, even I can admit he was also a great father figure to Buffy and the crew. I wanted him for his intelligence and his books. They needed him for everything else. And they got it. Giles stepped up for the crew in a way that no one could have expected, and I loved the family unit that they became, trials and allIcre Cream Gif.
  2. Bobby Singer from Supernatural. Can anyone argue there’s a more awesome father figure out there? Bobby has no obligation to Sam and Dean, and yet he would give his life for them. He loves the kids, comes to their rescue, and has no problem letting them know when they’re being ‘idjits’. And they are. Idjits, that is. Quite regularly. There might have been sniffles involved in the real world when Bobby Singer finally bit it.
  3. Professor X from X-Men. Okay, this is solely based off the movies. And we’re talking the Patrick Stewart Professor X. Not the weird reboot with the dude from Split. But Professor Xavier was awesome. Who didn’t want him to show up at your door, take you to a school where there were others just like you, and teach you to be a super-hero? Okay, he wasn’t perfect, and he was definitely the distant father-figure type, but you knew that he cared and that he was regularly trying to save the world. So totally earns his place on this list.Idits gif
  4. Harry from Silent Hill (game, not movie): While Harry in the movies was a good guy, Harry from the game was an awesome dad in a very strange situation. He and his wife originally found Cheryl after Cheryl was split off from the main girl, Alessa. Harry and his wife adopted Cheryl. After his wife’s death, when Cheryl was 7, they went back to the town of Silent Hill. Cheryl was rejoined with her other half, Alessa. After Alessa was killed she split herself into another baby and gave it to Harry. Harry took the baby, whom he named Heather and raised her until his death, when Heather was 17. So, to sum it up, Harry raised an adopted daughter until she went missing and literally went through hell trying to get her back. At her “death” he raised the baby left with him. Caring for Heather and protecting her from the cult that was trying to reclaim her. On the dad scale he gets a ten from me.
  5. Arthur Kritikos from Thir13een Ghosts. Ok, you can argue whether the movie is good or bad forever but one thing you can’t argue with is that Arthur is a great dad. After the useless nanny runs off with the kids and then gets separated from them, Arthur spends the rest of his time trying to get his family back together. He even leaps through spinning death rings to get to his kids. (Lilyn says: Executive decision – we both think its awesome, so if you don’t, you can go state your opinion somewhere else. Hmph.)

That’s all we have in terms of our favorite dads in sci-fi and horror. Let’s face it, in these two particular genres, good dads are a bit hard to find.  However, there’s some bonus content below this adorable video, so keep reading!

Bonus content: 5 Awesome Men Who Suck as Dads in Sci-Fi & Horror

  1. John Winchester from Supernatural – Okay, the lusty part of me looks at John Winchester and just thinks grownup thoughts, but when I can shove my hormones to the side for a moment, you have to admit, he’s an awesome dude. Sucks as a dad, considering he basically left his kids to raise themselves frequently, or foisted them off on Bobby, but an awesome ass-kicking monster hunter.
  2. Mr. Church from Joe Ledger – His relationship with his (known) child, Circe, tends to consist of “we don’t acknowledge our relationship ever”. And even when people get in on the know, he never goes out of his way to be dad. However, when push comes to shove, he will unleash hell to protect his daughter.
  3. Walter Bishop from Fringe – Crazy, lovable, previously psychotic Walter. He’s a genius, funny as hell, batshit crazy….and absolutely sucks as a father. He gets an A for effort though!
  4. Jack Taggart, Sr.  from Jeepers Creepers 2 – Okay, yeah, he’s not exactly a great dad, but the man does get vengeance for the Creeper’s nabbing his boy for spare parts in fairly epic stabby fashion. I don’t think anyone can disagree how awesome the harpooning of the Creeper is and that’s not enough for him. And then there’s the wheeelchair scene.
  5. Big Boss from Metal Gear Solid – Big Boss may not win any Dad of the Year awards but you can’t deny he’s one kick-ass mercenary. Creating a non-UN nation dedicated to freelance mercenaries takes a lot of time. It also requires the ability to recognize talent. Whether it’s in the soldiering department or brainiacs to create mobilized, nuclear armed mechs. His kids/clones don’t really want to spend Thanksgiving with him (especially after the whole Zanzibar Land incident) but he comes through in a big way for small countries struggling to make it on their own.

 

If you missed our Mother’s Day post(s), you can find them here and here.

This is Sci-Fi, Issue 12: Feminist Sci-Fi, The Borg, Wonder Woman

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This is Sci-Fi is a sampling of science fiction news across the mediums. From movies to books, to real life, and any bits in between that I can think of to list. This is by no means a comprehensive list of what’s happening, but it should whet your appetite!

This is Sci-Fi’s Quote to Consider:

“The ability to speak does not make you intelligent.”
George Lucas

Science Fiction Movies:

Sci-Fi Movie Suggestion for the Week:

Book cover for Star Trek: First Contact

The Star Trek movies are good (some better than others). I’m a big fan of the reboot movies, but you gotta love Star Trek: First Contact. 

Star Trek: First Contact Synopsis: The Borg travel back in time intended on preventing Earth’s first contact with an alien species. Captain Picard and his crew pursue them to ensure that Zefram Cochrane makes his maiden flight reaching warp speed.

Starring: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner

 

 

 

Opening this Week (June 9th, 2017)


In Theatres Now:

  1. Wonder Woman
  2. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2Review
  3. Alien Covenant Review


Trailer to Watch:

War for the Planet of the Apes releases in mid-July. Watch the official trailer on Youtube.

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Science Fiction Books

June New Sci-Fi Book Releases (up to June 9th):

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A Peace Divided – Tanya Huff – Release Date: June 6th, 2017

The second book in the action-packed Peacekeeper series, a continuation of Tanya Huff’s military sci-fi Confederation series following Torin Kerr.

Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr had been the very model of a Confederation Marine. No one who’d ever served with her could imagine any circumstance that would see her walking away from the Corps. But that was before Torin learned the truth about the war the Confederation was fighting…before she’d been declared dead and had spent time in a prison that shouldn’t exist…before she’d learned about the “plastic” beings who were really behind the war between the Confederation and the Others. That was when Torin left the military for good.

Yet she couldn’t walk away from preserving and protecting everything the Confederation represented. Instead, ex-Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr drew together an elite corps of friends and allies–some ex-Marines, some civilians with unique skills–and together they prepared to take on covert missions that the Justice Department and the Corps could not–or would not–officially touch. But after their first major mission, it became obvious that covert operations were not going to be enough.

Although the war is over, the fight goes on and the Justice Department finds its regular Wardens unable to deal with violence and the people trained to use it. Ex-Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr has a solution: Strike Teams made up of ex-military personnel, small enough to maneuver quickly, able to work together if necessary. Justice has no choice but to implement her idea and Torin puts her team of independent contractors back into uniform. It isn’t war, it is policing, but it often looks much the same.

When the scientists doing a preliminary archaeological dig on a Class Two planet are taken hostage, Torin’s team is sent to free them. The problem of innocents in the line of fire is further complicated by the fact that the mercenaries holding them are a mix of Confederation and Primacy forces, and are looking for a weapon able to destroy the plastic aliens who’d started and maintained the war.

If Torin weren’t already torn by wanting that weapon in play, she also has to contend with the politics of peace that have added members of the Primacy–former enemies–to her team. Before they confront the mercenaries, Torin will have to sift through shifting loyalties as she discovers that the line between”us” and “them” is anything but straight.

The Rogue World – Matthew J. Kirby – Release Date: June 6th, 2017

Perfect for fans of the Percy Jackson and Seven Wonders series, The Rogue World is the third book in an epic, fast-paced middle grade adventure trilogy by acclaimed author Matthew J. Kirby.

After the shattering new discoveries they made in Egypt, Eleanor and her mother, Samantha, have been separated: Samantha working with the sinister Dr. Watkins to ensure the survival of only a small number of humans, and Eleanor and her friends uniting in the desperate hope of saving the entire planet. They are preparing for a trek to the icy Himalayas, where they believe they’ll find the Master Concentrator and a chance to end the threat of the rogue planet—one way or the other.

But that’s when something happens that none of them expected: an alien spacecraft crash lands on earth, throwing the globe into crisis and changing everything for Eleanor. She has just begun to understand the mysterious power that sets her apart from everyone else on the planet; now, everything rests on her ability to control the same alien intelligence that has pushed us to the brink of extinction.

The Rebellion’s Last Traitor – Nik Korpon – Release Date: June 6th, 2017

In a dystopian world ravaged by war and environmental collapse, one man fights history to discover the truth about his wife and child.

After decades of war, the brutal Tathadann Party restored order toshattered Eitan City by outlawing the past and rewriting history. Memory is a commodity bought and sold, and experienced like a drug. Henraek works as a Tathadann memory thief, draining citizens memories.

Everything changes when Henraek harvests a memory of his own wife s death, in the hidden rebellion that once tore apart their city. Now he will do whatever it takes to learn the truth even ifit means burning Eitan City to the ground.

A Feminist Focus: 

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The Sci-Fi Zone

Holy Cthulhu, this was a hard season to just choose ten awesome Twilight Zone episodes. Not because there aren’t enough but far too many. Between seasons 1-3 this has got to be it’s best season yet. There are a few missteps in it but on the whole the excellent episodes outweigh the iffy ones. This is in no particular order as I rate them all a ten. It boggles the mind that this was one of the seasons they tried to cancel. In a way it’s not a surprise, considering the topics brought up but still…this is by far the strongest season yet.

1. Death’s Head Revisited – an excellent, powerful and disturbing episode in which justice, not revenge, is meted out by the ghosts of the past.

2. The Changing of the Guard – A sad, yet ultimately uplifting story of a teacher of poetry being forced into retirement.

3. A Quality of Mercy – Another heavy-hitter with an unexpected ending and a daring story for the time it came out in.

4. Nothing in the Dark – Starring Robert Redford in one of his first roles. Two actors in a room along with a powerful story makes this an unforgettable episode.

5. One More Pallbearer – A rich man tries to exact revenge on those he believes has wronged him in his youth.

6. Showdown with Rance McGrew – An utterly hilarious episode to help balance out the darker ones. This is one you’ll definitely have to watch because I can’t do justice to it.

7. To Serve Man – A pretty well known episode with one heck of a twist at the end. It was one of the stories that got me hooked on The Twilight Zone.

8. The Trade-Ins – A bittersweet story about enduring love and the price people are willing to pay for it.

9. The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank – An amusing story about a man risen from the dead and the consequences that ensue.

10. The Passersby – A Civil War story. No judgement passed and none given. Just a soldier’s conversation with a war widow and men marching their dusty march to who knows where.

As I said, so many good ones in this season so if I’ve forgotten a particular favorite please do let me know in the comments down below.

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Notable Events in Sci-Fi History

5 Science Fiction Actors Birth / Death (May 27th-June 9th)

  1. Harlan Ellison  b. May 27th (Troublemakers)
  2. Louise Cooper b. May 29th (Time Master series)
  3. Hal Clement b. May 30th (Mission of Gravity)
  4. Marion Zimmer Bradley b. June 3rd (Avalon Series)
  5. Joe Haldeman b. June 9th (The Forever War Series)

5 Science Fiction Movies Released (May 27th-June 9th)

  1. This Island Earth (1955)
  2. Tron (1982)
  3. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
  4. Total Recall (1990)
  5. The Thirteenth Floor (1999)

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Science Fiction on the Web

2017 Science Fiction Reading Challenge May Link-Up

It’s time for our 5th update for the 2017 Science Fiction Reading Challenge currently being hosted by Sci-Fi & Scary.

Feel free to linkup to the page you’re monitoring all your book challenges on (or, alternately, I believe you can leave a link to each individual review once they’ve been posted on your site.) in the comments below. (My linkytoolz thing is proving unreliable,if you have trouble seeing the linky, just leave your list in a comment.)

(I promise there will be better shiny badges at some point!)

Rocketship Badge for Decades of Sci-Fi

For Decades of Sci-Fi:

You’ve stated you wish to expand your knowledge of science fiction by reading 1 book a month for each decade of science fiction starting at 1900.

If you’re working your way through the list, as many are doing, from earliest to newest, in May you should have read: What Mad Universe. However, you’re free to choose to do the list in any order that you want.

If you need a reminder of the list to follow, click the link at the top of the page.

 

 


For Wired Into Sci-Fi:

Whether you be a Dabbler, a Dreamer, or fancy yourself a Sci-Fi Connoisseur the time has come to make your 1st accounting.

Wired Into Sci-Fi Challenge ButtonDabbler– Read 10 out of 30 of the Wired into Sci-Fi Books.

Dreamer – Read 20 out of 30 of the Wired into Sci-Fi Books.

Connoisseur – Read 25+ books of the Wired into Sci-Fi Books.

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Daring Dabblers – Though you have a small amount of wiggle room, you should have started your challenge by now.  At this point hopefully you’ve read 5 or 6 books!

Dashing DreamersYou’ve probably read at least 12-14 books by now if you want to stay on track to achieve your dreams. How’s it going? Are you an over-achiever yet?

Courageous Connoisseurs I hope you’ve read at least 16 books by now, or you may not have time to savor the flavor of your books as you rushed to read later on. Is there one that exceeded your expectations?

If you need a reminder of the pool of books you can choose from, please click the link at the top of the page.

MAKE YOUR ENTRIES HERE

Revelation Space Review (Sci-Fi Space Opera)

Title: Revelation Space | Series: Revelation Space #1 | Author: Alastair Reynolds | Publisher: Ace | Pub. Date: 2009-5-29 | Pages: 585 | ASIN: B001QL5MAA | Genre: Science Fiction Space Opera | Rating: 3 out of 5 | Source: Self-purchased


Revelation Space

Nine hundred thousand years ago, something annihilated the Amarantin civilization just as it was on the verge of discovering space flight. Now one scientist, Dan Sylveste, will stop at nothing to solve the Amarantin riddle before ancient history repeats itself. With no other resources at his disposal, Sylveste forges a dangerous alliance with the cyborg crew of the starship Nostalgia for Infinity. But as he closes in on the secret, a killer closes in on him. Because the Amarantin were destroyed for a reason — and if that reason is uncovered, the universe—and reality itself — could be irrecoverably altered…. -Goodreads

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Killing Gravity Review (Sci-Fi)

Title: Killing Gravity | Series: Voidwitch Saga #1 | Author: Corey J White |Publisher: Tor.com | Pub. Date: 2017-5-9 | Pages: 176 | ASIN: B01MYM808E | Genre: Science Fiction | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 5 out of 5 | Source: Self-purchased | Purchase on Amazon


Killing Gravity

Mariam Xi can kill you with her mind. She escaped the MEPHISTO lab where she was raised as a psychic supersoldier, which left her with terrifying capabilities, a fierce sense of independence, a deficit of trust and an experimental pet named Seven. She’s spent her life on the run, but the boogeymen from her past are catching up with her. An encounter with a bounty hunter has left her hanging helpless in a dying spaceship, dependent on the mercy of strangers.

Penned in on all sides, Mariam chases rumors to find the one who sold her out. To discover the truth and defeat her pursuers, she’ll have to stare into the abyss and find the secrets of her past, her future, and her terrifying potential. – GoodreadsKilling Gravity

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This is Sci-Fi, Issue 10: Killing Gravity, Mars, Blade Runner

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This is Sci-Fi is a sampling of science fiction news across the mediums. From movies to books, to real life, and any bits in between that I can think of to list. This is by no means a comprehensive list of what’s happening, but it should whet your appetite!

 

This is Sci-Fi’s Quote to Consider

“Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.” ―
Arthur C. Clarke

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Science Fiction Movies

Sci-Fi Movie Suggestion for the Week:
Movie cover for Blade Runner Blade Runner (1982) – With Blade Runner 2049 coming out in a few months, Blade Runner is on people’s minds again. Though, to be fair, it never seems to be far from sci-fi fans minds. Widely regarded to be a classic, it’s perhaps most notable for the fact that many people admit the movie is better than the book. (And I mean, really, when does that happen?) I plan on watching this soon myself.

Blade Runner Synopsis: A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator.

Starring:  Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young

 

 

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Sci-Fi Movies Opening This Week (May 12th):

Nothing. What in the world is going on?! Gah!

Sci-Fi Movies in Theatre (links to IMDB):

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 (see our review.)

The Circle

Trailer to Watch:

Alien: Covenant is opening May 19th. Only a week away! Have you seen the trailer yet?


Featured Sci-Fi DeviantArt

Star Wars: The Force Awakens by PatrickBrown on DeviantArt

Not much to say about this other than it’s extremely well-drawn and fun to look at -whether you’re a Star Wars fan or not!


The Sci-Fi Zone:

Since we’re getting into week eighteen of Twilight Zone Tuesdays I thought I’d share with you my ten favorite Twilight Zone episodes. Since the seasons are so long and there are so many, I thought I would divide them each week by season. The episodes which have appeared on the blog already I will link the titles to if you’re interested in reading more.

Season One:

1. What You Need: I love this one. The actors are great in it and the story is interesting. No explanation is given and no explanation is needed. He’s a very modest-living little man. He has what he needs.

2. Judgement Night: A very good episode filled with mounting dread and paranoia. Whether you believe in an afterlife is beside the point. It ends on a somber note. It also has the distinction of actually showing a typical German officer (tall, blonde, handsome) in a sympathetic light at a time when it wasn’t exactly a popular idea.

3. Nightmare as a Child: A young woman meets a small child who seems to know quite a lot about her past and childhood, which should be impossible. This is a great episode that delves more deeply into the psyche than other episodes.

4. A World of His Own: A very meta episode where a writer decides to create a world of his own making. Love this one it’s interesting and breaks the fourth wall in an interesting way.

5. The Hitch-Hiker: A great episode where the actress carries almost the entire episode by herself. Which is no mean feat. The hitcher also does very well for only having one or two lines.

6. The Last Flight: A bi-plane lands on a modern day Air Force base in France. The pilot, from World War I, has no idea how he arrived there nor how much hinges on him overcoming his cowardice and returning to the past. A great episode with great acting and a touch of humor.

7. The After-Hours: A woman is puzzled by the seemingly rude behavior by the sales staff on a floor that seemingly doesn’t exist. Excellent acting all around with a vague undercurrent of uneasiness that runs through it, keeping you on edge.

8. Long Live Walter Jameson: A college professor grows increasingly suspicious of his daughter’s fiancee. With good reason. Another rather creepy offering that veers more into the horror genre than many others.

9. A Nice Place to Visit: A small-time hood is shot during a robbery and taken to paradise. Or is it? An excellent episode with a creepy twist of an ending and a bit of humor makes this one of my favorites.

10. Third from the Sun: This plot has been done since but seriously, the first time I read it (in Twilight Zone: The Original Stories) it totally blew me away. This, of course, was before every story in creation had to have a ‘twist’ to it and it totally surprised me. This and ‘To Serve Man’ were what hooked me on the Twilight Zone to begin with.

That wraps it up for now. On the next This is Sci-Fi I’ll list my favorites of season two, if that’s acceptable.

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Science Fiction Books

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Killing Gravity — Corey J. White — May 9, 2017

Mariam Xi can kill you with her mind. She escaped the MEPHISTO lab where she was raised as a psychic supersoldier, which left her with terrifying capabilities, a fierce sense of independence, a deficit of trust and an experimental pet named Seven. She’s spent her life on the run, but the boogeymen from her past are catching up with her. An encounter with a bounty hunter has left her hanging helpless in a dying spaceship, dependent on the mercy of strangers.

Penned in on all sides, Mariam chases rumors to find the one who sold her out. To discover the truth and defeat her pursuers, she’ll have to stare into the abyss and find the secrets of her past, her future, and her terrifying potential.

Note: Guys, gals, Killing Gravity is a wonderful read and I highly recommend it. My review comes out on the fifteenth, but short version is this: It’s on the shortlist for my best reads of 2017 at this point.

 


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All Systems Red – Martha Wells – May 2nd, 2017

In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety.

But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn’t a primary concern.

On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ‘droid — a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as “Murderbot.” Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is.

But when a neighboring mission goes dark, it’s up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth.

 


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Cold Summer – Gwen Cole – May 2nd, 2017

Today, he’s a high school dropout with no future. Tomorrow, he’s a soldier in World War II.

Kale Jackson has spent years trying to control his time-traveling ability but hasn’t had much luck. One day he lives in 1945, fighting in the war as a sharpshooter and helplessly watching soldiers—friends—die. Then the next day, he’s back in the present, where WWII has bled into his modern life in the form of PTSD, straining his relationship with his father and the few friends he has left. Every day it becomes harder to hide his battle wounds, both physical and mental, from the past.

When the ex-girl-next-door, Harper, moves back to town, thoughts of what could be if only he had a normal life begin to haunt him. Harper reminds him of the person he was before the PTSD, which helps anchor him to the present. With practice, maybe Kale could remain in the present permanently and never step foot on a battlefield again. Maybe he can have the normal life he craves.

But then Harper finds Kale’s name in a historical article—and he’s listed as a casualty of the war. Kale knows now that he must learn to control his time-traveling ability to save himself and his chance at a life with Harper. Otherwise, he’ll be killed in a time where he doesn’t belong by a bullet that was never meant for him.

A Focus on Mars

Book cover for The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

Book cover for Mars by Ben Bova

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Notable Events in Sci-Fi History

5 Science Fiction Actors Birth / Death (April 28 – May 12)
Domnhall Gleeson – b. May 12 (Ex Machina)

Nicky Katt – b. May 11 (Phantoms)

Stephen Amell – b. May 8 (Arrow)

Orson Welles – b. May 6 (War of the Worlds)

John Rys-Davies – b. May 5 (Sliders)

 

5 Science Fiction Movies Released (April 28-May 12)

The Fifth Element (1997)

Gojira/Godzilla (1954)

Soylent Green (1973)

Short Circuit (1986)

Star Trek (2009)

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Science Fiction on the Web

A Look at the Space Race and Classic Sci-Fi

Discovered this while bloghopping this morning, and thought it was well-written and very interesting. For those of you that like science fiction, especially the classic stuff, it’s worth the read.

Science fiction as a literary genre shifted from the idea of predicting a future to preventing one during The Cold War Era which is exemplified in The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury and both the genre and the Space Race draw influences from America’s past of settlement and colonization. Space…the final frontier; or is it […]

via “What’s Another Night On Mars?” Science Fiction, The Cold War Era, and Ray Bradbury’s “The Martian Chronicles.” — Verbal Punching Bag

Telonaut Review

Telonaut.jpgTelonaut: Humanity has recovered from economic apocalypse, to rebuild a better society, but one still plagued by dissension and selfishness.

Sero Novak is biologically teleported to the wetworld of NineDee on a critical mission to discover the mysterious fate of the colonists there. Novak is mentally connected with the rest of humanity by NeuroVision memory technology. Novak explores NineDee, encountering the dangers of the indigenous life forms and environment—and uncovers ever weirder secrets about the colonists themselves, culminating in a terrible revelation that forces him to take desperate action.

Bereaved, tormented by grief and driven by the fading shadow of the ideals he once held, he knows that a powerful and expectant government is tracking him from Earth via the global broadcast of his own memories. During his mission, Novak befriends a young colonist in whom he sees similar torment and confusion. Will Novak be able to protect the young girl?

Will humanity carry petty desires and desperate wishes across the galaxy? And will Novak be able to act in the best interests of all of humanity when faced with slipping ideals and destructive passions of the people sent to build among the distant stars?

Alone, he confronts the wilderness of loss and the physical danger of the wilds the only way he knows how; sheer will. – Goodreads


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