This is Sci-Fi, Issue 25 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
“I call it nap time. Which is right before food time. And then comes food-nap time! That is my favorite time of them all!”
“Time…line? Time isn’t made out of lines. It’s made out of circles, that’s why clocks are round.”
“I do not want to catch pregnancy!”
— Caboose, Red vs. Blue
Science Fiction Movies
In Theatres Still
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Starring: Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher
Science Fiction Books
Featured New Release
Bitch Planet: Triple Feature Vol 1 – Various – December 13th, 2017
DECONNICK & DE LANDRO PRESENT: The Triple Feature!
Ripped directly from the world of BITCH PLANET, a crack team of creators spin fifteen teeth-clenching tales of rage, revolution and ridicule.
Patriarchy beware…this scifi kidney punch can’t be stopped…!
100% Grade A satire. Accept no substitutes.
Featuring writers CHERYL LYNN EATON, ANDREW AYDIN, CONLEY LYONS, CHE GRAYSON, DANIELLE HENDERSON, JORDAN CLARK, ALISSA SALLAH, DYLAN MECONIS, KIT COX, MARC DESCHAMPS, SARA WOOLLEY, VITA AYALA, JON TSUEI & MORE!
With art by creators MARIA FROHLICH, JOANNA ESTEP, CRAIG YEUNG, SHARON DE LA CRUZ, TED BRANDT, RO STEIN, NAOMI FRANQUIZ, ALEC VALERIUS, DYLAN MECONIS, VANESA R. DEL REY, MINDY LEE, SARA WOOLLEY, ROSSI GIFFORD & MORE!
Collects issues 1-5.
Other New Releases
Persepolis Rising (The Expanse #7)
Goodreads Science Fiction Giveaways
Sci-Fi Trivia: The X-Files
My Favorite X-Files episodes Season Two
1. One Breath – This episode could be seen as the closing episode of Duane Barry and Ascension because we get our Scully back! However, this episode is so, so good. It’s easily one of my top five favorites. Mulder actually shows some emotion. I noticed that, for as careless as he is with Scully’s safety and well-being sometimes. the only times he seems to show true rage is when people hurt Scully. One Breath also has other great moments and I loved the scenes of Scully in the rowboat. They’re very simple but also beautiful and creepy. It also has a great line in it. Scully’s mother is telling (presumably) Mulder a story about Scully when she was a little girl. She had killed a snake with a BB Gun and then wept over it, saying “She took something that wasn’t hers to take”. If that’s not a perfect description of murder, I don’t know what is.
2. Sleepless – Such a great episode with great acting. And not only by Tony Todd (although he is scary and tragic at the same time).
3. Irresistible – The introduction of Donny Phaster (played by Nick Chinlund who is fantastic in his roles). He really puts his whole being into playing Donny Phaster and he is creepy to the max. The second episode he appears in is fantastic, too.
4. Humbug – This episode is just fun. Proving that when The X-Files lightens up a bit it can be amazingly funny, playing to the strengths of Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny. Their encounter with the ex-JimJim is hilarious.
5. Die Hand Die Verletzt (The Hand That Wounds) – I just like this one. I can’t really explain why and it bums me out that the kids get caught up in their parents mess. However, it does have a great quote from Mulder: “Did you really think you could call the Devil up and ask him to behave?”
6. Soft Light – Starring Tony Shalhoub as a scientist who’s literally afraid of his own shadow. The end of it actually made me tear up a bit because he does such a great job acting (without even saying anything) and the whole situation just seems horrible.
7. Firewalker – This episode makes a nice bookend to the first season’s “Ice”. The fungi are suitably gross and i can’t help but giggle at their shape. The spores are a bit, um, suggestive looking.
8. Aubrey – While I do like this one, a lot, there are some things that I’m not crazy about. I don’t really believe in genetic destiny and the show hammers that point a bit too much. However, there are a lot of great scenes in it as well. The character of Harry Cokely is genuinely scary and not over the top at all. Scully’s face as she talks to him is great. She looks absolutely disgusted by him. I did notice three things about this episode, one of which was mildly irritating and the other two just giggle worthy goofs. The first is that this is the second episode to point to a man’s psychosis as “having too many sisters” basically. And it’s not the last, either. Now, I know I’m not a brave and valiant FBI officer, but if someone lit up a cigarette next to an oxygen tank (while in use) I don’t think I’d hang around too long. My other thought was that the baby’s father must have a very understanding wife.
9. The Host – Ok, this one isn’t really a ‘favorite’ because it always makes me want to throw up. But it has some great scenes. First of all, we get to meet Skinner (who I think is awesome and may or may not have a slight crush on him). We also get introduced to Krycek who, as we all know, will be a V.I.P. (Very Important Player) in the series to come. My favorite scenes are where Mulder ditches Krycek “like a bad prom date” (Krycek’s words) and also the scene in the morgue with Krycek, Scully and Mulder. they are huddled in, close together with their backs slightly turned to Krycek. It’s a great scene because it gives you the feeling that Scully and Mulder have become very insular by this point and three’s a crowd. Get the hint, Krycek?
10. Blood – This is just another fun MoW episode. Even though there’s ultimately no resolution or answers by the end of the episode it’s still interesting. And there’s one sight gag that always makes me laugh. If it is, in fact, an experiment it’s a very convoluted and messy one.
Sci-Fi on the Web
- According to The Verge, Netflix has optioned Scalzi’s Old Man’s War.
- A review of Barbarella #1 – Graphic Novel – from BleedingCool might be up your alley.
- What do you think about Tarantino being brought on board for Star Trek 4? (Sciencefiction.com) My interest in it just tanked.
- Literary Hub just interviewed Samuel Delany. Worth checking out.
- Geekwire has a piece on “Life after The Martian“ from Andy Weir and Neal Stephenson.