This is Sci-Fi, Issue 24 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
“Are you afraid?”
“Energy never stops, remember. It just changes forms.”
“I am still afraid.”
― Amie Kaufman,
Science Fiction Movies
In Theatres Now
Thor: Ragnarok (Review)
Blade Runner 2049
Downsizing (Starring Matt Damon)
Science Fiction Books
Featured New Release
Artemis – Andy Weir – November 14th, 2017
Jazz Bashara is a criminal.
Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you’ve got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.
Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she’s stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself—and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first.
Note: I read the first 60 pages of Artemis when I was waiting for my 8 YO to finish her movie date. Based on that (roughly) 19%, I would say that this is a ‘check out from the library’ read. It could get dramatically better, but even though I enjoyed it, it didn’t quite bring me to “Oh, my sweet baby Cthulhu. I must buy this.”
Other new releases:
Skin by Christian Baines – LBGTQ+
Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich
Goodreads Science Fiction Giveaways:
With the recurrence of The X-Files possible I thought this would be a great time to do a Best Of X-Files list. I’ll try to avoid spoilers the best I can. My relationship with The X-Files has always been a love/indifference relationship. There are some truly great episodes but some are yawn-worthy. And I know I’ll probably be ticking off some X-Fans by saying that they’re generally the mythos arc ones that are a bit boring to me. I love the Monster of the Week ones the best. So get out your paranoia and debuggers and let’s dive in!
1. Pilot – Even though there are some changes later it’s a great first episode. It perfectly sets the tone for the series to come and Scully and Muder’s uneasy alliance.
2. Squeeze – No offense to Doug Hutchins but holy Cthulhu can that guy be creepy! I also love that Scully and Mulder are starting to warm up to each other but also becoming more trusting. The only thing I don’t like in the episode is the ending. Scully and Mulder get their big break from the former officer on the case and they can’t even give him a phone call?!
3. Ghost in the Machine – It may be a bit silly in spots but how can you not love the HAL reference? And Scully’s very pissed off look when she emerges from the air duct all dirty and with wind-hair. Do air ducts always have that much paper and leaves lying around in them? I also greatly respect the fact that they don’t “pretty up” Scully after her adventures in the air duct.
4. Ice – Ai-yi ice bugs that crawl under your skin. No thank you. Unless the worms procreate with themselves I really don’t see how the species would survive if upon sight of another parasite they battle to mutual extinction. I’m with Scully on this one. Nuke the worms. Imagine if a bunch of roid rage worms got into the general public.
5. Eve – A great episode with Harriet Samson Harris playing an awesome triple role. As Eve 6 she is hilarious…and terrifying. The Eves and mini-Eves are scary but also sympathetic figures. It may be hard to see them that way but really, these women and boys were created by The Powers That Be Evil and then ditched because it didn’t work. I’m also hoping, with the somewhat cliffhanger ending, that maybe the Eves will show up again.
6. Beyond the Sea – Brad Dourif and Gillian Anderson are both amazing in this episode. I’ve long thought Dourif a great character actor and he plays Boggs to the hilt. When he’s talking about “the cold, dark place” it gives me the creeps. And Scully’s response is perfect. My only quibble with it is Mulder. His character seems inconsistent in this one. Not for his disbelief of Boggs because Mulder displays those same traits throughout the series but for his 180 at the end when he asks Scully why she can’t believe.
7. Lazarus – I really liked this episode. i also liked it when it was the movie called Natural Born Killers. Seriously, this episode puzzles me. It’s almost an exact copy of Natural Born Killers (but with a more PG-13 rating)but they were released so closely together it’s hard to say which came first. If anyone has any ideas I’d love to hear them.
8. Miracle Man – Another great episode that I love just because it’s a great story with some very good acting.
9. Darkness Falls – Just a silly, fun bug episode that doesn’t quite reach the lofty heights of ecological commentary it seems to want to. Also, Mulder is a complete and utter high-handed d-bag throughout.
10. Born Again – I love a good reincarnation story. That’s all I can really say about it. It’s just a good all-around episode.
So who’s your favorite of the Fearless Duo? Which types of episodes do you like best? Let us know down below!
Sci-Fi on the Web
Well, since he says there’s no difference between science and science fiction, have a laugh at this Flat Earther who is going to prove the Earth is flat – From NPR
GayStarNews interviewed author J. Scott Coatsworth about The Queer Appeal of Science Fiction
Need a giggle? Check out The 5 Worst Ways to Die in Sci-Fi from OuterPlaces
The Student Newspaper has a interesting read on Representation of Disability in Science Fiction Versus Real Life
And here’s a review of A Matter of Oaths from Today’s Echos.