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!
Science Fiction Movies
Sci-Fi Movie Suggestion of the Week
Sometimes you just need to watch Piranha Sharks destroying New York City. This gem was released in 2014 and had a budget of less than a million dollars. The CGI is laughable, the poster has a phallic symbol in undead green getting reading to be devoured by sharks, and the dialogue is… just as bad as you’d expect.
It’s not perfect, but it’s pretty perfectly entertaining.
Synopsis: Great white sharks bio-engineered to be the size of piranhas with the purpose of living in rich people’s exotic aquariums terrorize New York City when they get into the water supply and do what great white sharks do best.
Opening this Week (March 31st)
Ghost in the Shell Synopsis: In the near future, Major is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world’s most dangerous criminals.
Side Note: Pretty much the only thing I know about this movie is that by hiring Scarlett Johansen, they white-washed it. Not the best advertising if that’s what the average person knows, yeah?
Fiction Photo Art
The Sci-Fi Zone: Arthur C. Clarke Trivia
I think it’s safe to say that every science fiction fan knows the name Arthur C. Clarke. But beyond the fact that he’s considered one of the Big Three of science fiction, has won a buttload of awards, and wrote those Space Odyssey books, how much do you actually know about him? Here’s a few fun factoids we cobbled together through various sources.
- He was knighted in 1998.
- He had his own scuba-diving school in Sri Lanka.
- He had contracted polio in 1962, and then got whomped with post-polio syndrome later in life.
- He was an avid protector of gorillas.
- The first book he published was a nonfiction work on Interplanetary Flight.
- He won his first (of FIVE!) Hugo Award in 1956.
- There’s an asteroid designated “Clarke” for him. (Asteroid No. 4923)
- He was good friends with Rupert Murdoch
- His award-winning novel, Rendezvous with Rama, has been ‘optioned for film’ for years, but has never made it to the big screen.
- He identified as a pantheist when he entered the army, and then later as an atheist.
Sources: biography.com, hugoawards.org, theguardian.com, wikipedia.com
Science Fiction Books
From Ice to Ashes Synopsis: Kale Drayton knows his place. As a Ringer born on Titan, he’s used to keeping his head down and his mouth shut—no matter how much the Earthers abuse him or his own kind berate him. So when he’s caught stealing from a wealthy merchant, he’s lucky to be sentenced to low-paying maintenance work on a gas-harvesting ship instead of life in a cell . . . or worse.
But when his mother is quarantined, Kale finds himself backed into a corner. To pay for her medicine, he needs money—the kind of money he’ll never make sweeping floors and cleaning ships. So when he receives a mysterious offer asking him to do a simple job in exchange for his mother’s treatment, Kale takes a chance once more. All he has to do is upload a program onto his employer’s ship and all of his problems will disappear.
What starts as a straightforward smuggling gig soon reveals its shattering repercussions. The people who hired Kale are more dangerous than he suspected—and he’s more important to them than he ever could have imagined.
The Gauntlet Synopsis: When twelve-year-old Farah and her two best friends get sucked into a mechanical board game called The Gauntlet of Blood and Sand—a puzzle game akin to a large Rubik’s cube—they know it’s up to them to defeat the game’s diabolical architect in order to save themselves and those who are trapped inside, including her baby brother Ahmed. But first they have to figure out how.
Under the tutelage of a lizard guide named Henrietta Peel and an aeronaut Vijay, the Farah and her friends battle camel spiders, red scorpions, grease monkeys, and sand cats as they prepare to face off with the maniacal Lord Amari, the man behind the machine. Can they defeat Amari at his own game…or will they, like the children who came before them, become cogs in the machine?
The Big Three’s Big Three
Science Fiction on the Web
- 30 Best Sci-Fi Movies of All Time — at least to the writers behind CinemaBlend
- FIRST Robotics Competition Puts the Steam in Steampunk – MilwaulkeIndependent (Kids Engineering Challenge!)
- TheGuardian writes a decent piece about Scarlett Johansen’s role choices. (I’m not a huge fan of the actress, but they make good points.)
- This review of Life from Artesia Daily Press seems to be a representative example of the reception Life is receiving.
(That’s all I found worth sharing, sorry. )
The book for Dare 2 Discuss: Science Fiction will be Alastair Reynolds’ Revelation Space.
Date: May 17th. (So you have no excuses. Plenty of time to read it!) Time: 7 PM EST
Location: Sci-Fi & Scary Forums.