This is Sci-Fi, Issue 20 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 Weekly Quote
“My doctor says that I have a malformed public-duty gland and a natural deficiency in moral fibre and that I am therefore excused from saving universes.”
― Douglas Adams,
Science Fiction Movies
New Science Fiction Releases (September 29th)
Five medical students, obsessed by what lies beyond the confines of life, embark on a daring experiment: by stopping their hearts for short periods, each triggers a near-death experience – giving them a firsthand account of the afterlife.
Marc (Tom Hughes) is diagnosed with a disease and is given one year left to live. Unable to accept his own end, he decides to freeze his body. Sixty years later, in the year 2084, he becomes the first man to be revived in history. It is then he discovers that the love of his life, Naomi (Oona Chaplin), has accompanied him this entire time in a way that he’d never expected.
Science Fiction Books
Featured New Science Fiction Release
Paradox Bound – Peter Clines – September 26th, 2017
An ingenious, irresistible new time-travel thriller from the author of The Fold and the Ex-Heroes series
Eli’s willing to admit it: he’s a little obsessed with the mysterious woman he met years ago. Okay, maybe a lot obsessed. But come on, how often do you meet someone who’s driving a hundred-year-old car, clad in Revolutionary-War era clothes, wielding an oddly modified flintlock rifle—someone who pauses just long enough to reveal strange things about you and your world before disappearing in a cloud of gunfire and a squeal of tires?
So when the traveler finally reappears in his life, Eli is determined that this time he’s not going to let her go without getting some answers. But his determination soon leads him into a strange, dangerous world and a chase not just across the country but through a hundred years of history—with nothing less than America’s past, present, and future at stake.
Other New Science Fiction Releases
Provenance by Ann Lecki
The Corporation Wars: Emergence by Ken MacLeod
Science Fiction Trivia
I’ve always been intrigued by Kirlian Photography. When it was first discovered it was thought that the process was ‘photographing’ auras. It was theorized from this that it could potentially be used to treat illnesses based on the aura of energy produced. I don’t really know if that could work medically for treatment but perhaps diagnosis. I have no science in me but it seems like if you were sick then the natural energy you produce would change colors or intensity. Again, I have no science to back me up on this but it seems semi-logical to me.
It’s now being used in all different capacities such as parapsychology, art and real science. I (for obvious reasons) don’t really buy the whole spiritual aura part of it but it is still pretty damn interesting. Unless coins are actually sentient and do have auras of their own. Hmm. This might be the basis of a good sci-fi thriller.
“Need a Quarter for the vending machine? Only if you want death flavored soda in return!”
Science Fiction on the Web
The NYTimes asks the experrts “Is Climate-Themed Fiction All Too Real?“
Want to read a review of Star Trek: Discovery? LAReviewofBooks has an interesting one.
DenofGeeks reports on SYFY’s Genre Giant Supervisory Council.
And finally, WIRED takes you behind the scenes of Blade Runner 2049.