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!
Movie Suggestion for the Week:
District 9 is a popular movie from a few years back that is just downright entertaining. However, especially now, it also has a certain significance. Because, you know, isolating people who are different, and building a wall between them and us always works out so well.
Synopsis: An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology.
Opening This Week (Feb 3)
Synopsis: The first human born on Mars travels to Earth for the first time, experiencing the wonders of the planet through fresh eyes. He embarks on an adventure with a street smart girl to discover how he came to be.
Watch The Space Between Us trailer here.
Trailer to Watch:
Colossal – starring Ann Hathaway – releases in the USA on April 7, 2017. She stars as a woman discovers that severe catastrophic events are somehow connected to the mental breakdown from which she’s suffering. (Ie: You get to watch a dancing monster.)
Featured Sci-Fi Art
This almost looks like it could be a photograph of the first crash landing on an alien planet. Very well done. Go show Tobias some love on DeviantArt if you like it!
Science Fiction Books
(Covers go to Goodreads)
Six Wakes: A space adventure set on a lone ship where the murdered crew are resurrected through cloning to discover who their killer was — and the secret to their mission.
It was not common to awaken in a cloning vat streaked with drying blood.
At least, Marie Shea iv had never experienced it. She had no memory of how she died. That was also new; before, when she had awakened as a new clone, her first memory was of how she died, from illness once and from injury once…
Maria’s vat was in the front of six vats, each one holding the clone of a crew member of the starship Pituitary, each clone waiting for its previous incarnation to die so it could awaken. Apparently, Maria wasn’t the only one to die recently.- Goodreads
Stark Trek: The Next Generation – Headlong Flight – Surveying a nebula as part of their continuing exploration of the previously uncharted “Odyssean Pass,” Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the Starship Enterprise encounter a rogue planet. Life signs are detected on the barren world’s surface, and then a garbled message is received: a partial warning to stay away at all costs. Determined to render assistance, Picard dispatches Commander Worf and an away team to investigate, but their shuttlecraft is forced to make an emergency landing on the surface—moments before all contact is lost and the planet completely disappears.
Worf and his team learn that this mysterious world is locked into an unending succession of random jumps between dimensions, the result of an ambitious experiment gone awry. The Enterprise crewmembers and the alien scientists who created the technology behind this astonishing feat find themselves trapped, powerless to break the cycle. Meanwhile, as the planet continues to fade in and out of various planes of existence, other parties have now taken notice….Goodreads
Binti: Home – The thrilling sequel to the Nebula-nominated Binti.
It’s been a year since Binti and Okwu enrolled at Oomza University. A year since Binti was declared a hero for uniting two warring planets. A year since she left her family to pursue her dream.
And now she must return home to her people, with her friend Okwu by her side, to face her family and face her elders.
But Okwu will be the first of his race to set foot on Earth in over a hundred years, and the first ever to come in peace.
After generations of conflict can human and Meduse ever learn to truly live in harmony? – Goodreads
New-To-You (and with a 3.75+ rating on Goodreads)
Science Fiction on the Web
- Chris Farnell writing for Den of Geek talks about How Allegory in Sci-Fi Can Narrow Representation. (This is excellent.)
- Inverse’s Sean Hutchinson examines How ‘The Expanse’ Puts the Science in Science Fiction.
- ScienceFiction.com reports Ben Affleck is stepping down as the director for “The Batman” movie.
- GuidingTech.com offers up their Top 11 Science Fiction Quotes (and you might squee at who is on there!)
- Futurism talks ‘Black Mirror’ reality with Genetically Modified Cyborg Dragonflies
- Continuing with the science fiction to science fact, Digitaltrends says Spaceworks Stasis Chambers, anyone?
- The NY Science Fiction Film Festival announced its Inaugural Award Winners
- Are you a member of the Tor Bookclub? The Bloodline Feud by Charles Stross is Feb’s free book!
- Screenrant says Peter Jackson’s Mortal Engines now has it’s cast leads.