This is Sci-Fi, Issue 23 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!
Weekly Science Fiction Quote
The hardest theme in science fiction is that of the alien. The simplest solution of all is in fact quite profound — that the real difficulty lies not in understanding what is alien, but in understanding what is self. We are all aliens to each other, all different and divided. We are even aliens to ourselves at different stages of our lives. Do any of us remember precisely what it was like to be a baby?
-GREG BEAR, Plague of Conscience
Science Fiction Movies
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Science Fiction Books
Featured New Release
Terminal Alliance – Jim C. Hines – November 7th, 2017
In his hilarious new sci-fi series, Jim C. Hines introduces the unlikely heroes that may just save the galaxy: a crew of space janitors.
The Krakau came to Earth to invite humanity into a growing alliance of sentient species. However, they happened to arrive after a mutated plague wiped out half the planet, turned the rest into shambling, near-unstoppable animals, and basically destroyed human civilization. You know—your standard apocalypse.
The Krakau’s first impulse was to turn around and go home. (After all, it’s hard to have diplomatic relations with mindless savages who eat your diplomats.) Their second impulse was to try to fix us. Now, a century later, human beings might not be what they once were, but at least they’re no longer trying to eat everyone. Mostly.
Marion “Mops” Adamopoulos is surprisingly bright (for a human). As a Lieutenant on the Earth Mercenary Corps Ship Pufferfish, she’s in charge of the Shipboard Hygiene and Sanitation team. When a bioweapon attack wipes out the Krakau command crew and reverts the rest of the humans to their feral state, only Mops and her team are left with their minds intact.
Escaping the attacking aliens—not to mention her shambling crewmates—is only the beginning. Sure, Mops and her team of space janitors and plumbers can clean the ship as well as anyone, but flying the damn thing is another matter.
As they struggle to keep the Pufferfish functioning and find a cure for their crew, they stumble onto a conspiracy that could threaten the entire alliance… a conspiracy born from the truth of what happened on Earth all those years ago.
Other new releases:
Better Off Undead by James Preller
Golgotha by Matt Hawkins
Barbary Station by R.E. Stearns
Lost Solace by Karl Drinkwater
Science Fiction Goodreads Giveaways
I was going about the internet one day, blithely skipping along and stumbled and tripped and fell into an article saying there is a Twilight Zone Reboot in the works. As far as I know, because information is fairly limited at this time, is that it’s in the works at CBS. From what I gather Jordan Peele (of Key & Peele) is most likely going to write for it and possibly host. I have no problem with Jordan Peele, I loved the show Key & Peele and I really would be somewhat interested to see what he would do with it. I also think he might be a capable host.
I’m just wondering how well it will succeed. The Twilight Zone has been tried to be rebooted before. I think part of the reason it succeeded before was the great blend of writing and recurring writers and stories and the hosting by Rod Serling. His dry humour and ability to talk about subjects in a way that could be described as ‘melodramatic’ with a seriousness that let you know exactly what he thought of certain subjects. A lot of the subjects were taboo at the time and broke boundaries. Maybe they didn’t do it overtly because that was not possible but he clothed it in more ‘fantastical’ ways but he still got his messages out there. I think some of why the reboots haven’t worked is the stories just don’t have the depth in them. They’re fluff stories.
I also think it’s…rude…that it’s being hosted by CBS. Probably because they own the title but directly because of the way the original series (and its host) was treated. So I don’t think it’s very fair that they keep trying to make money off of a series that they actively kept trying to kill for each season that it came out because it’s creator wouldn’t play nice.
I’m curious about how it will succeed and when I get more information I will let you know.
Sci-Fi on the Web
You all know that GracieKat is a fond and ardent admirer of The Twilight Zone. And now there’s a Twilight Zone Reboot in the works with Jordan Peele.
5 Sci-Fi shows that are out there hoping to get a reboot more than ‘Charmed’ on moviepilot.com
A review of Thelma on the NY Post. Do you guys think Thelma is actually sci-fi or supernatural?
slashfilm.com has an article with information about Crater, a coming-of-age story set on the moon
An interesting article on the new game released called Echo, a puzzle-based game where the biggest threat is yourself.