What’s Up in Sci-Fi: Max Steel, Obama, and Asgardia


Welcome back to What’s Up in Sci-Fi #5. 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 to list. I have no doubt the format will change as I figure out what works and what doesn’t. This is by no means a comprehensive list of what’s happening, but it should whet your appetite!

Movie Tidbits

In Theatres

max-steelMax Steel – The adventures of teenager Max McGrath and his alien companion, Steel, who must harness and combine their tremendous new powers to evolve into the turbo-charged superhero Max Steel.

Well, I can’t say I’m going to watch this. Ever. But, hey, for it’s intended age range, I’m sure it’s great!





Coming Soon

Nothing in the next week.

Featured Vimeo Short Science Fiction Film

VOYAGER – Indie Short Film from SUPAMONKS STUDIO on Vimeo.

I’m not sure how I feel about this. It made me feel all sorts of things, and totally didn’t end the way I thought it would. What do you guys/gals think?

Sci-Fi Art

Abeyance by Julian-Faylona on DeviantArt

Sci-Fi Books

Small Press Featurettes:

These books may not be brand new releases, but they’re probably brand new to you (and they’ve got at least 3.75 rating on Goodreads)!

Note: Sci-Fi & Scary is not affiliated with any of these small presses. We just like giving lesser known horror books a chance to shine.

Phase 5 PublishingGoodreads: 4.86

Phase 5 Publishing
Goodreads: 4.86

ChiZine Publications Goodreads: 3.78

ChiZine Publications
Goodreads: 3.78

Night Shade BooksGoodreads: 3.78

Night Shade Books
Goodreads: 3.78

Apex Book Company Goodreads: 3.80

Apex Book Company
Goodreads: 3.80


Unfortunately, I’ve nothing to report for the New York Times and USA Today Best Selling Lists, but…
Amazon’s Kindle Science Fiction Best Selling List is topped by:
the-atlantis-gene the-man-in-high-castlethe-einstein-prophecy


WIRED presents a list of President Obama’s favorite science fiction movies / television shows.

Want to join the first Space Nation? Asgardia is accepting applicants.

Den of Geek has Charlie Booker talking about bringing Black Mirror to Netflix. It also makes the claim that science fiction can’t survive anymore in an age where everything is on the cusp of becoming reality. So… yeah.

Techcrunch has a very interesting piece on the role of science fiction in entrepreneurship. If you can get past the part where the guy calls science fiction “crap, serialized crap, and hard science fiction”, you might find something worth reading.

Mashable has a video on how the chestburster scene in Alien changed science fiction forever.

and, finally:

James Conan writes about Writing about Oppressed/Marginalized People in SF&F.  Its worth the read.


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  • I love Audible. Tons of books, fantastic narrators, good prices.