Welcome to the ninth issue of What’s Up in Sci-Fi. This 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
Movie Suggestion for the Week:
You just can’t go wrong with Wall-E. For a feel-good movie that everyone from the biggest to the littlest in the family can enjoy over Christmas, look no further than this movie. It seems to have a pretty universal appeal, even years after it’s release.
Assassin’s Creed opened 12/21/2016. So far it’s got a 7.2 out of 10 rating on IMDB. If you’re unfamiliar with the title, it started as a video game. (I played it, sucked at it.)
Synopsis: When Callum Lynch explores the memories of his ancestor Aguilar and gains the skills of a Master Assassin, he discovers he is a descendant of the secret Assassins society.
Watch the Assassin’s Creed trailer here.
Rogue One was released 12/16/2016. It currently has an 8.2 rating on IMDB.
Synopsis: The Rebel Alliance makes a risky move to steal the plans for the Death Star, setting up the epic saga to follow.
Watch the Rogue One trailer here.
I mentioned Passengers week before last. I watched it yesterday (my birthday!). If you want to know what I thought about it, you’re going to have to stay tuned for my review on Monday.
Passengers currently has a 6.7/10 rating on IMDB.
Trailers to Watch:
Attraction is a 2017 science fiction Russian release. Obviously, unless you speak Russian subtitles are a necessity. It looks really well shot. I’m looking forward to it.
Blade Runner 2049. A reboot/sequel of the 1982 Blade Runner. I honestly don’t remember enough about the original Bladerunner to be able to judge it, but I’m not excited about cast lineup. We shall see.
Featured Sci-Fi Vimeo Short
It’s only 2:36 long, and not much happens, but it sure is pretty.
Featured Science Fiction Art
Not what I would usually share, but changing the pace a bit sometimes is fun! Enjoy 🙂
Science Fiction Books
Interesting Looking New Releases:
Rogue One Novel Adaptation: As the shadows of the Empire loom ever larger across the galaxy, so do deeply troubling rumors. The Rebellion has learned of a sinister Imperial plot to bring entire worlds to their knees. Deep in Empire-dominated space, a machine of unimaginable destructive power is nearing completion. A weapon too terrifying to contemplate . . . and a threat that may be too great to overcome.
If the worlds at the Empire s mercy stand any chance, it lies with an unlikely band of allies: Jyn Erso, a resourceful young woman seeking vengeance; Cassian Andor, a war-weary rebel commander; Bodhi Rook, a defector from the Empire s military; Chirrut Imwe, a blind holy man and his crack-shot companion, Baze Malbus; and K-2SO, a deadly Imperial droid turned against its former masters. In their hands rests the new hope that could turn the tide toward a crucial Rebellion victory if only they can capture the plans to the Empire s new weapon.
But even as they race toward their dangerous goal, the specter of their ultimate enemy a monstrous world unto itself darkens the skies. Waiting to herald the Empire s brutal reign with a burst of annihilation worthy of its dreaded name: Death Star.”
Note: I listed this one because I’ve found sometimes that while I don’t particularly enjoy book-to-movie, I like movie-to-book.
New-to-You (and with a 3.75+ rating on Goodreads)
Around the Web
- Looking for a twist on Christmas from the SFF side of things? Try these six books recommended by Unbound Worlds.
- Not science fiction, but super freaking important: Obama block’s Trumps greedy grasp on oil with one slick move.
- Space.com interviewed the duo that makes up James S.A. Corey about Babylon’s Ashes, TV adaptations, and more.
- NatGeo presents a 360-degree tour at a test habitat designed to simulate a Martian mission.
- How plausible is the hibernation in Passengers? Air&Space talked with a NASA contractor to find out.
- ScienceFiction.com reports that Sam Esmail is working on bringing the science fiction classic ‘Metropolis’ to TV.
- Science Fiction to Science Fact: We’re closer to actual Tri-corders says Inverse.
- I wouldn’t necessarily say that these are great films, but Inquisitr says these are the classic science fiction films that time forgot.