This is Sci-Fi, Issue 12: Feminist Sci-Fi, The Borg, Wonder Woman

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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!

This is Sci-Fi’s Quote to Consider:

“The ability to speak does not make you intelligent.”
George Lucas

Science Fiction Movies:

Sci-Fi Movie Suggestion for the Week:

Book cover for Star Trek: First Contact

The Star Trek movies are good (some better than others). I’m a big fan of the reboot movies, but you gotta love Star Trek: First Contact. 

Star Trek: First Contact Synopsis: The Borg travel back in time intended on preventing Earth’s first contact with an alien species. Captain Picard and his crew pursue them to ensure that Zefram Cochrane makes his maiden flight reaching warp speed.

Starring: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner




Opening this Week (June 9th, 2017)

In Theatres Now:

  1. Wonder Woman
  2. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2Review
  3. Alien Covenant Review

Trailer to Watch:

War for the Planet of the Apes releases in mid-July. Watch the official trailer on Youtube.

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Science Fiction Books

June New Sci-Fi Book Releases (up to June 9th):

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A Peace Divided – Tanya Huff – Release Date: June 6th, 2017

The second book in the action-packed Peacekeeper series, a continuation of Tanya Huff’s military sci-fi Confederation series following Torin Kerr.

Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr had been the very model of a Confederation Marine. No one who’d ever served with her could imagine any circumstance that would see her walking away from the Corps. But that was before Torin learned the truth about the war the Confederation was fighting…before she’d been declared dead and had spent time in a prison that shouldn’t exist…before she’d learned about the “plastic” beings who were really behind the war between the Confederation and the Others. That was when Torin left the military for good.

Yet she couldn’t walk away from preserving and protecting everything the Confederation represented. Instead, ex-Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr drew together an elite corps of friends and allies–some ex-Marines, some civilians with unique skills–and together they prepared to take on covert missions that the Justice Department and the Corps could not–or would not–officially touch. But after their first major mission, it became obvious that covert operations were not going to be enough.

Although the war is over, the fight goes on and the Justice Department finds its regular Wardens unable to deal with violence and the people trained to use it. Ex-Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr has a solution: Strike Teams made up of ex-military personnel, small enough to maneuver quickly, able to work together if necessary. Justice has no choice but to implement her idea and Torin puts her team of independent contractors back into uniform. It isn’t war, it is policing, but it often looks much the same.

When the scientists doing a preliminary archaeological dig on a Class Two planet are taken hostage, Torin’s team is sent to free them. The problem of innocents in the line of fire is further complicated by the fact that the mercenaries holding them are a mix of Confederation and Primacy forces, and are looking for a weapon able to destroy the plastic aliens who’d started and maintained the war.

If Torin weren’t already torn by wanting that weapon in play, she also has to contend with the politics of peace that have added members of the Primacy–former enemies–to her team. Before they confront the mercenaries, Torin will have to sift through shifting loyalties as she discovers that the line between”us” and “them” is anything but straight.

The Rogue World – Matthew J. Kirby – Release Date: June 6th, 2017

Perfect for fans of the Percy Jackson and Seven Wonders series, The Rogue World is the third book in an epic, fast-paced middle grade adventure trilogy by acclaimed author Matthew J. Kirby.

After the shattering new discoveries they made in Egypt, Eleanor and her mother, Samantha, have been separated: Samantha working with the sinister Dr. Watkins to ensure the survival of only a small number of humans, and Eleanor and her friends uniting in the desperate hope of saving the entire planet. They are preparing for a trek to the icy Himalayas, where they believe they’ll find the Master Concentrator and a chance to end the threat of the rogue planet—one way or the other.

But that’s when something happens that none of them expected: an alien spacecraft crash lands on earth, throwing the globe into crisis and changing everything for Eleanor. She has just begun to understand the mysterious power that sets her apart from everyone else on the planet; now, everything rests on her ability to control the same alien intelligence that has pushed us to the brink of extinction.

The Rebellion’s Last Traitor – Nik Korpon – Release Date: June 6th, 2017

In a dystopian world ravaged by war and environmental collapse, one man fights history to discover the truth about his wife and child.

After decades of war, the brutal Tathadann Party restored order toshattered Eitan City by outlawing the past and rewriting history. Memory is a commodity bought and sold, and experienced like a drug. Henraek works as a Tathadann memory thief, draining citizens memories.

Everything changes when Henraek harvests a memory of his own wife s death, in the hidden rebellion that once tore apart their city. Now he will do whatever it takes to learn the truth even ifit means burning Eitan City to the ground.

A Feminist Focus: 

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The Sci-Fi Zone

Holy Cthulhu, this was a hard season to just choose ten awesome Twilight Zone episodes. Not because there aren’t enough but far too many. Between seasons 1-3 this has got to be it’s best season yet. There are a few missteps in it but on the whole the excellent episodes outweigh the iffy ones. This is in no particular order as I rate them all a ten. It boggles the mind that this was one of the seasons they tried to cancel. In a way it’s not a surprise, considering the topics brought up but still…this is by far the strongest season yet.

1. Death’s Head Revisited – an excellent, powerful and disturbing episode in which justice, not revenge, is meted out by the ghosts of the past.

2. The Changing of the Guard – A sad, yet ultimately uplifting story of a teacher of poetry being forced into retirement.

3. A Quality of Mercy – Another heavy-hitter with an unexpected ending and a daring story for the time it came out in.

4. Nothing in the Dark – Starring Robert Redford in one of his first roles. Two actors in a room along with a powerful story makes this an unforgettable episode.

5. One More Pallbearer – A rich man tries to exact revenge on those he believes has wronged him in his youth.

6. Showdown with Rance McGrew – An utterly hilarious episode to help balance out the darker ones. This is one you’ll definitely have to watch because I can’t do justice to it.

7. To Serve Man – A pretty well known episode with one heck of a twist at the end. It was one of the stories that got me hooked on The Twilight Zone.

8. The Trade-Ins – A bittersweet story about enduring love and the price people are willing to pay for it.

9. The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank – An amusing story about a man risen from the dead and the consequences that ensue.

10. The Passersby – A Civil War story. No judgement passed and none given. Just a soldier’s conversation with a war widow and men marching their dusty march to who knows where.

As I said, so many good ones in this season so if I’ve forgotten a particular favorite please do let me know in the comments down below.

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Notable Events in Sci-Fi History

5 Science Fiction Actors Birth / Death (May 27th-June 9th)

  1. Harlan Ellison  b. May 27th (Troublemakers)
  2. Louise Cooper b. May 29th (Time Master series)
  3. Hal Clement b. May 30th (Mission of Gravity)
  4. Marion Zimmer Bradley b. June 3rd (Avalon Series)
  5. Joe Haldeman b. June 9th (The Forever War Series)

5 Science Fiction Movies Released (May 27th-June 9th)

  1. This Island Earth (1955)
  2. Tron (1982)
  3. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
  4. Total Recall (1990)
  5. The Thirteenth Floor (1999)

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Science Fiction on the Web

Nightmare Planet Review (Sci-Fi Adventure)

Title: Nightmare Planet | Author: Donald S. Rowland | Publisher: Venture Press | Pub. Date: 2017-4-10 | Pages: 191 | ASIN: B06Y685KTR | Genre: Science Fiction | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 3 out of 5 | Source: Received a copy from Netgalley for review consideration

Nightmare Planet

“We are intruders into this system, and I have a sneaking feeling that one of these planets is inhabited by hostile aliens…”

Kyle Barlor is captain aboard the spaceship Voyager on its exploration of the farther reaches of the Universe in a ceaseless hunt for minerals and chemicals badly needed by Earth and its space colonies in the solar system. With these resources dwindling not just on Earth, but her surrounding colonies, there is little choice but to explore further into deep space.

Voyager is nine hundred light years from Earth’s solar system…Kyle’s mission was to find the Brontus Major Constellation and search it for any metals that may be used. The spearhead through space, carried out by men such as those aboard Voyager, never saw the fruits of their work. They would merely locate the planets containing sufficient metals and then push on to leave the transport freighters to strip them. A seemingly endless mission…That is, until, an uncharted planetary system appears between them and the Brontus Major Constellation.

Why does it not show up on their scanners? And what are the strange missile silos doing around the planetary system?

Kyle decides their only course of action is to send out a search party to try to find out what forms of life are there. However, when they lose contact with the search party they realise something must be wrong. So far from Earth, Kyle Barlor is the only hope of ever returning home for the crew aboard the Voyager, but even he is beginning to feel out of his depth.

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Nightmare Planet Review

I rarely do this, but I have to start with saying I love the cover for Nightmare Planet. It took me about two seconds to decide to get this book after I laid eyes on the cover. Fantastic job. (Though it doesn’t hurt that after reading Deathworld by Harry Harrison I’m looking for more books where its man versus planet.)

Nightmare Planet was originally published in 1976, and you can tell. The language is just a bit off. Not enough that it drags you out of the story, but you’re conscious of the fact that this is an older work. None of the technology mentioned really dates the book (as happens in Man Plus with the massive IBMs), it’s really just wording that screws it.

One of the problems that Nightmare Planet has is that it feels a bit amateur in the writing. Rowland definitely knew what he wanted to do with the book, but his writing just doesn’t feel very polished. Sometimes it’s also a bit stilted and formal. For example:

“The Chief Engineer seems to think we are travelling faster than indicated. He has a hunch. On what do you base your misgivings?”

I think if the author had paused to even just read the dialogue out loud, he would have discovered the problem.  It also seems that the author had a bit of a prejudice against women. Every time one appears in the story, she’s mentioned as being beautiful but annoying/irritating/helpless.  Ugh.

The premise of Nightmare Planet is fascinating, and the first few chapters definitely grab your attention. The aliens are a bit laughable but yet I still applaud him for his imagination. You have monstrous tailless meat-eating kangaroos and creatures that resemble Thing from the Addams Family (plus more) inhabiting this utterly strange Nightmare Planet. The action never stops, with the author skipping time ahead as need be to keep things going.

With some tweaking of the dialogue and smoothing out of story flow, Nightmare Planet could be a fun read. Well, that and the Captain needs to be given a modicum of common sense.  It’s space adventure, man against aliens, and doesn’t require any thinking to enjoy. However, I just can’t recommend it in it’s current form. It’s not bad, it’s just not good enough.

Revelation Space Review (Sci-Fi Space Opera)

Title: Revelation Space | Series: Revelation Space #1 | Author: Alastair Reynolds | Publisher: Ace | Pub. Date: 2009-5-29 | Pages: 585 | ASIN: B001QL5MAA | Genre: Science Fiction Space Opera | Rating: 3 out of 5 | Source: Self-purchased

Revelation Space

Nine hundred thousand years ago, something annihilated the Amarantin civilization just as it was on the verge of discovering space flight. Now one scientist, Dan Sylveste, will stop at nothing to solve the Amarantin riddle before ancient history repeats itself. With no other resources at his disposal, Sylveste forges a dangerous alliance with the cyborg crew of the starship Nostalgia for Infinity. But as he closes in on the secret, a killer closes in on him. Because the Amarantin were destroyed for a reason — and if that reason is uncovered, the universe—and reality itself — could be irrecoverably altered…. -Goodreads

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Telonaut Review

Telonaut.jpgTelonaut: Humanity has recovered from economic apocalypse, to rebuild a better society, but one still plagued by dissension and selfishness.

Sero Novak is biologically teleported to the wetworld of NineDee on a critical mission to discover the mysterious fate of the colonists there. Novak is mentally connected with the rest of humanity by NeuroVision memory technology. Novak explores NineDee, encountering the dangers of the indigenous life forms and environment—and uncovers ever weirder secrets about the colonists themselves, culminating in a terrible revelation that forces him to take desperate action.

Bereaved, tormented by grief and driven by the fading shadow of the ideals he once held, he knows that a powerful and expectant government is tracking him from Earth via the global broadcast of his own memories. During his mission, Novak befriends a young colonist in whom he sees similar torment and confusion. Will Novak be able to protect the young girl?

Will humanity carry petty desires and desperate wishes across the galaxy? And will Novak be able to act in the best interests of all of humanity when faced with slipping ideals and destructive passions of the people sent to build among the distant stars?

Alone, he confronts the wilderness of loss and the physical danger of the wilds the only way he knows how; sheer will. – Goodreads

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2017 Science Fiction Reading Challenge March Link-Up

It’s time for our 3rd update for the 2017 Science Fiction Reading Challenge currently being hosted by Sci-Fi & Scary.

At the bottom of this list will be a linky.  Feel free to linkup to the page you’re monitoring all your book challenges on (or, alternately, I believe you can leave a link to each individual review once they’ve been posted on your site.)

(I promise there will be better shiny badges at some point!)

Rocketship Badge for Decades of Sci-Fi

For Decades of Sci-Fi:

You’ve stated you wish to expand your knowledge of science fiction by reading 1 book a month for each decade of science fiction starting at 1900.

If you’re working your way through the list, as many are doing, from earliest to newest, in March you should have read: The Clockwork Man by E.V. Odle However, you’re free to choose to do the list in any order that you want.

If you need a reminder of the list to follow, click the link at the top of the page.

How I’m doing:  I slacked. Read, just didn’t read the book I was supposed to read yet.



For Wired Into Sci-Fi:

Whether you be a Dabbler, a Dreamer, or fancy yourself a Sci-Fi Connoisseur the time has come to make your 1st accounting.

Wired Into Sci-Fi Challenge ButtonDabbler– Read 10 out of 30 of the Wired into Sci-Fi Books.

Dreamer – Read 20 out of 30 of the Wired into Sci-Fi Books.

Connoisseur – Read 25+ books of the Wired into Sci-Fi Books.


Daring Dabblers – Though you have a small amount of wiggle room, you should have started your challenge by now. Which book did you choose to start your journey with?

Dashing Dreamers – You’ve probably read at least6 or 8 books by now if you want to stay on track to achieve your dreams. How’s it going? Are you an over-achiever yet?

Courageous Connoisseurs – I hope you’ve read at least 6 books by now, or you may not have time to savor the flavor of your books as you rushed to read later on. Is there one that exceeded your expectations?

If you need a reminder of the pool of books you can choose from, please click the link at the top of the page.

How I’m doing: I started on one, but did not finish it. Jeeesh. I’ve got some catching up to do!


Twilight Zone Tuesday – Perchance to Dream

Perchance to Dream



Edward Hall – Richard Conte
Dr. Eliot Rathmann – John Larch
Maya/Miss Thompson – Suzanne Lloyd
Narrator – Rod Serling
Written by Charles Beaumont

Highlight to see Trigger Warnings: Jump-scares in a fun house, a man jumps out of a window, effectively committing suicide in a dream. A body on a couch. End Spoiler.

We open on a zoomy freaky PoV shot of a very tall office building. Soon we see the man who’s point of view we are sharing.

12:00 noon, an ordinary scene, an ordinary city, lunchtime for thousands of ordinary people. To most of them this hour will be a rest, a pleasant break in the day’s routine. To most, but not all. To Edward Hall, time is an enemy. And the hour to come is a matter of life and death.

Edward Hall looks like he’s working up his nerve to enter through the scary revolving door. Can’t say I blame him, those things are freaky. Only slightly less freaky than escalators. Finally he peels himself off the pillar he’s on, only to lean against the wall of the building. Well, that’s progress, I guess. Eddie finally makes his way through the revolving door.

He goes to door 1410 Eliot Rathmann M.D. He goes through the reception area into the doctor’s office, after he takes a good long look at the receptionist.

Eddie oozes into Dr. Elliot office and leans on a desk, the doctor thinks Eddie is ill but he says “No, I’m just tired.” Dr. Eliot says Eddie needs to rest and leads Eddie over to one of those famous leather couches. I’m curious, do psychiatrists actually use those? Eddie closes his eyes for a moment. Things get a little dimmer. They brighten back up though as he pops up from the couch. Dr. Eliot wants to know if Eddie’s so tired then why doesn’t he lay down. Edward says he is tired, he’s been up for 87 hours. Almost 4 days.

Dr. Eliot asks why Eddie can’t go to sleep and Eddie says that it’s not that he can’t, it’s that he mustn’t. If he falls asleep he’ll never wake up. And we actually get the DUN DUN DUNNN music!

When the lights fade up again the doctor is lighting Eddie’s cigarette for him. Eddie wants to walk around so he doesn’t fall asleep. Dr. Eliot tells him to stand on his head if he thinks it will help. Eddie thinks he’s a strange sort of psychiatrist. Dr. Eliot chuckles and asks what Eddie expected, Sigmund Freud? He says he’s thought of wearing  disguise and puts on a pair of glasses.

Eddie doesn’t think the psychiatrist can help him and says he only came to see the psychiatrist because his regular doctor suggested it. Eddie wants to leave and Dr. Eliot says to do as he pleases. Eddie wants to know if Dr. Eliot promises not to put him in a strait-jacket but the psychiatrist promises nothing. He’s actually pretty funny. Eddie wanders over to the window to look at a very nicely painted city scene. He opens the window and looks down at the drop. I think it’s weird that  the window of a psychiatrist’s office would even open or be made of real glass.

Dr. Eliot pulls him back in and closes the windows. Eddie’s amused and says he just wanted some air. He wants to know if the doctor thought he was going to jump. Dr. Eliot says he doesn’t know, hence the need for caution. Eddie says there’s not a chance of that. Dr. Eliot tells him to start from the beginning and now we finally get to why Eddie is at the psychiatrist’s office.

Eddie looks at a painting of a ship on the wall. He wants to know if the doctor has ever really looked at it. Eddie says he can make it move. At least, for him. He starts telling the doctor about having a picture similar to the picture of the ship at his home when he was younger. Eddie’s mother told him to watch it long enough and it would move. Which seems a little mean but before TV mom’s did what they could to keep their kids amused.

One evening it did move. He realized that it was just an optical illusion but after a while he couldn’t control it. Every time he would look at the painting it would seem to move. Even though he knows it’s an optical illusion it still terrifies him. A boat moving terrifies him? Mmmkay.

Eddie pops a few uppers and the Dr. Eliot wants to know if that’s how he’s staying awake. He also washes it down with some of the doc’s water (that I thought was brandy at first. While smoking a cigarette that Dr. Eliot helpfully lit for him. Damn, they were hardcore back then. After everything he’s just downed he says he has had a rheumatic heart since the age of 15. I’m sure those uppers and smokes will do that rheumatic heart real good there.

He was ordered by his general physician to be calm and relaxed. No strenuous exercise, no long walks, no stairs, no shocks. especially no shocks. They forgot about his imagination that he apparently has no control over. At all.

When he read about a woman being killed by a murderer who hid in her backseat (which sounds like something he heard from a friend of a friend) that freaked him out. He imagined the murderer in his own backseat. So much so that he crashed his car. Eddie says that his doctor told him one more shock would kill him.

Dr. Eliot wants to know if there has been another shock. Um, I’m pretty sure he hasn’t doctor because he’s alive and in your office. Eddie does say, however, that there will be, the next time he goes to sleep and it will kill him.

Eddie starts talking about his dreams and how he always dreams in sequence, like the old movie serials. He hasn’t dreamed in a while. That is, until a few weeks ago. We get an awesomely thrilling detailed description of his night and how he fell asleep.

Eddie suddenly finds himself in an amusement park. It’s very real and detailed but also very disturbing, twisted and dark.
He’s looking at a Ferris Wheel, a creepy carousel. Eddie’s shooting at a big swirly thing trying to win one of those terrifying Kewpie Dolls. Who the hell would want one of those things? They rank right up there with Troll dolls on the creepy scale.

Don’t Worry. I’m Just Here to Steal Your Soul. It Won’t Hurt…Much


Come…Join the Cult. Just Look Deep Into Our Soulless Gaze


Anyways, Eddie gets distracted by a dancer named Maya the Cat Girl. So he ditches the Kewpie Doll (wise decision) to go check out the Cat Girl. Maya does a very awkward ‘cat dance’ that is out of rhythm with the drum-beats.

She shows some fifties risque leg (they are very nice legs though) She starts twirling and he gets scared and runs away. She laughs an evilly brunette laugh at him.

They might be pushing the G – Rating a bit thigh high with thhis one

Eddie says he doesn’t know who she is (duh, she’s Maya the Cat Girl). He’s drawn to her but also repelled by her. He goes to light a dream-cigarette but finds out the random arm lighting his cigarette belongs to Maya. She wants to know why he ran away. They have some flirty talk while they share a smoke. Well, not share, exactly. She plucks it out of his mouth which is supposed to be sexy, I guess.

She wants Eddie to come with her but he’s scared to. Because of her cat eyes. Which are kind of scary because she went a little crazy with the eye-liner. She asks him if he’s afraid and he says no because it’s a dream. She then invites him to come…and I’ll just back away from that one.

He rudely drops his cigarette, littering his dream carnival. She wants to go in the fun house which she says is cool, dark ad soft. He foolishly follows her into the ‘fun house’ that looks more like a cheap haunted house and it doesn’t look that fun. Or that scary, really. They share a smoochie but are rudely interrupted by a scream and a gorilla-bigfoot thing. Eddie runs off while Maya evilly laughs again.

Back in the office Eddie is telling Dr. Eliot that he’s sure Maya is trying to kill him. He woke up with his heart beating fast (I’ll bet) and he had to lie still for an hour until it settled down. Dr. Eliot asks if Eddie knew her. Which he literally just said he didn’t, I’m starting to wonder about this doctor. Eddie says that she looks vaguely familiar but doesn’t really recognize her.

The dream is out of control now and Eddie’s running. Maya is close behind and taunting him with the fact it’s only a dream and he can do whatever he wants to in his dream. She lures him onto a roller-coaster using strong-arm tactics like, you know, asking. He doesn’t want to go but he’s helpless against her sequins. So they get on the coaster Maya is chuckling (and to be honest her voice and laugh is pretty creepy). He wants to stop the coaster but they can’t and he keeps saying he wants out. So, reasonably enough, she tells him to jump off the coaster. Sounds legit.

We’re in a slightly terrifying close-up of Eddie’s face. Basically he’s in a damned if you do, damned if you don’t situation. If he falls asleep she’ll reach him and push him off (I guess safety harnesses weren’t a thing in the fifties) but if he stays awake any longer then the strain will be too much and his heart will give out. Eddie thinks the doctor can’t help him and goes to leave. Eddie steps out into the lobby but sees the receptionist. Eeek! It’s Maya! Receptionist Maya this time, not Cat Girl Maya. He freaks out and runs back into the doctor’s office. Dr. Eliot wants to know what is the matter. Eddie says it’s her, it’s Maya the Cat Girl. Dr. Eliot says that the receptionist isn’t named Maya. Eddie says to himself “I’m not letting her take me alive!” And jumps out of a window. Makes sense. I guess. Eddie plummets to the sidewalk. I guess it wasn’t until later that the unbreakable windows caught on.

Back to the doctor, he is sitting at his desk and looking thoughtful. He calls his receptionist (Miss Thomas) in. Eddie is dead on the couch. Dr. Eliot checks his pulse. I’m not really sure why he wanted the receptionist to come look at the dead guy on his couch. Miss Thomas says he just came in a few seconds ago. Dr. Eliot says Eddie came in, laid down and in two seconds was asleep. (Remember the ominous dimming?)
Dr. Eliot says that Eddie screamed and died. They guess it was a heart attack. Well, I guess they’re not going to bother with resuscitation or an ambulance or pesky little details like that. Dr. Eliot thinks it was a good way to go at least, peacefully in his sleep. I think Eddie would disagree.)

They say a dream takes only a second or so. And yet in that second a man can live a lifetime. He can suffer and die and who’s to say which is the greater reality. The one we know? Or the one in dreams. Between heaven, the sky, the earth, in the Twilight zone.

As you can tell this one was good but I just couldn’t help poking fun at it every once in a while. It does have a wavering air of reality and unreality. Such as Miss Thomas/Maya. When Edward first enters the building he takes a good long look at her and it doesn’t seem to bother him overly much. As he’s “leaving” though, he suddenly seems to realize that she looks just like Maya. And is the personality of the doctor really so flip or is that just what Edward’s mind conjured up? It certainly raises some interesting questions.

Join me again for next week’s Twilight Zone Tuesday – Judgement Night. A great episode with a bit more of a serious bent to it. I’m looking forward to ‘watching’ it with you guys!

Mutationem Review (Science Fiction)

Book cover for Mutationem by Phoenix Jericho

Mutationem: Decades after World War III, nuclear war is decimating the planet. Amidst the turmoil and destruction lies one last drop of hope: the most ambitious space mission ever planned, to be executed by the largest earthly spacecraft. The goal? For the crew aboard IWSA-24 to be the first to colonize Alpha-64, located 100 Earth years away. The clock is ticking, with the launch only a few weeks out. But when the war takes a calamitous turn only minutes before the shuttle’s first flight simulation, suddenly the crew on board realize they are the planet’s only survivors. With minimal provisions, equipment, and astronauts, a new set of questions arise for Captain Kriss and her all-female crew: will IWSA-24 have enough fuel to make it to Alpha-64? Will they devise a plan to secure male DNA in time to save humanity? What mysteries and unknowns lurk on this faraway planet? What starts as an unlikely community of lovers, enemies, scientists, and spies evolves rapidly as the crew approaches Alpha-64. – Goodreads

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This is Sci-Fi #2: Carve the Mark and Martians Abroad!

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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!

Sci-Fi Movies

Movie Suggestion for the Week:

Movie post for Idiocracy

Since The Toupee from Outer Space is getting sworn in today, I felt there was really only one movie that I could suggest for this week.

Idiocracy is swiftly becoming a documentary instead of the comedy it was meant to be. Released in 2006, it stars Luke Wilson and Maya Rudolph. It’s funny, but frightening, and will definitely stick in your mind once you’ve watched it.

Synopsis: Private Joe Bauers, the definition of “average American”, is selected by the Pentagon to be the guinea pig for a top-secret hibernation program. Forgotten, he awakes five centuries in the future. He discovers a society so incredibly dumbed-down that he’s easily the most intelligent person alive.



Opening Next Week (Jan 27th)

Movie poster for Resident Evil The Final Chapter

Synopsis: Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, Alice (Milla Jovovich) is the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s final stand against the undead. Now, she must return to where the nightmare began – The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse.

Starring:  Ruby Rose, Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter

Rating: R

Watch the  Resident Evil: The Final Chapter trailer here.



Trailer to Watch:

The Discovery is due in theaters March 31st, 2017.  It stars Rooney Mara & Jesse Plemons. It’s a romance, so the chances of me watching it are about 1 in 350,000, but I hope at least some of you watch it and like it!

Featured Sci-Fi Art

scifi by Ericoscarj on DeviantArt

This is absolutely gorgeous in its own way. I’d love to have this blown up and on my wall. One of those landscapes you can study for quite a while without feeling bored, I think.

Science Fiction Books

(Covers go to Goodreads)

New Releases

Book cover for Martians Abroad

Martians Abroad Synopsis: Polly Newton has one single-minded dream, to be a starship pilot and travel the galaxy. Her mother, the director of the Mars Colony, derails Polly’s plans when she sends Polly and her genius twin brother, Charles, to Galileo Academy on Earth—the one planet Polly has no desire to visit. Ever.

Homesick and cut off from her desired future, Polly cannot seem to fit into the constraints of life on Earth, unlike Charles, who deftly maneuvers around people and sees through their behavior to their true motives. Strange, unexplained, dangerous coincidences centered on their high-profile classmates begin piling up. Charles may be right—there’s more going on than would appear, and the stakes are high. With the help of Charles, Polly is determined to find the truth, no matter the cost. – Goodreads


Book cover for Carve the Mark

Carve the Mark Synopsis: On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not—their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world?

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power—something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is from the peace-loving nation of Thuvhe, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Though protected by his unusual currentgift, once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive—no matter what the cost. When Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. They must decide to help each other to survive—or to destroy one another.-Goodreads

Book cover for Empire Games

The year is 2020. It’s seventeen years since the Revolution overthrew the last king of the New British Empire, and the newly-reconstituted North American Commonwealth is developing rapidly, on course to defeat the French and bring democracy to a troubled world. But Miriam Burgeson, commissioner in charge of the shadowy Ministry of Intertemporal Research and Intelligence—the paratime espionage agency tasked with catalyzing the Commonwealth’s great leap forward–has a problem. For years, she’s warned everyone: “The Americans are coming.” Now their drones arrive in the middle of a succession crisis—the leader of the American Commonwealth is dying and the vultures are circling.

In another timeline, the U.S. has recruited Rita, Miriam’s estranged daughter, to spy across timelines and bring down any remaining world-walkers who might threaten national security. But her handlers are keeping information from her.

Two nuclear superpowers are set on a collision course. Two increasingly desperate paratime espionage agencies are fumbling around in the dark, trying to find a solution to the first contact problem that doesn’t result in a nuclear holocaust. And two women—a mother and her long-lost, adopted daughter—are about to find themselves on opposite sides of the confrontation.

New-To-You (and with a 3.75+ rating on Goodreads)

Book cover for Brown Girl in the Ring
Grand Central Publishing
Goodreads: 3.83
Book cover for Babel-17
Gregg Press
Goodreads: 3.79
Book cover for Voyage to Alpha Centauri
Ignatius Press
Goodreads: 4.13









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Twilight Zone Tuesday – One for the Angels



Twilight Zone - One for the Angels


Lou Bookman: Ed Wynn
Mr. Death: Murray Hamilton
Narrator: Rod Serling

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The This is My Genre Tell Me Yours Tag

Okay, I’ll probably actually do two of these, because you just can’t ask me to pick between science fiction and horror. I love the both of them for different reasons. So, since this is science fiction month, sci-fi gets to go first. Did this because a few of the bloggers I follow have been doing it, and it looks like a chance to fangirl appropriately.
science fiction genre

The Rules

  • Credit Bad Bad Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek as the creator of the tag. Either use the created tag name graphic or create your own and link back to his blog.
  • Answer the questions.
  • Tag as many people as you want.

1.) What’s your favorite genre?

Science Fiction Genre. Well, about half the time. The other half it’s horror, but this is neither the time or place for that discussion!

2.) Who is your favorite author from this genre?

Oh, sweet baby Cthulhu. Erm.. The answer on the tip of my tongue is Arthur C. Clarke, but that comes with addendums. The man had great talent, but he fails hard when it comes to series. I guess I’d still have to go with him, though. Even if he fails on the follow-through, his imagination is wonderful. He’s created stories that people will be reading for hundreds of years to come. I’m actually working my way through a massive compilation via audio book of “The Complete Works of Arthur C. Clarke.” right now.

3.) What is it about the genre that keeps pulling you back?

Logic and hope. Science Fiction is, essentially, about hope. It’s about the world surviving, else it wouldn’t be set in the future. It’s about innovation, or else we wouldn’t have the robots, AI, spaceships, etc. It’s about not letting our beginnings hold us back, for if that was true we’d never leave the planet. It’s about conquering diseases, exploring the unknown, and forever looking forward instead of back. Logic is because to write proper science fiction (especially the hard stuff), people have to be able to look at where we are, and extrapolate where we’re going. Not only that, but technology behaves in reasonable ways. I’ve often thought I’d get along better with computers than people because I find it soothing to know the exact rules that something follows.

Now, obviously there’s some sub-genres and stuff where that’s not true, but that’s what science fiction means to me as a whole. And why I keep coming back.

4.) What’s the book that started your love for your favourite genre?

Now, I read so much it’s hard to pinpoint a specific book, but I’d have to say it was probably Rendezvous with Rama. The rest of the series sucks, but that first book? That was amazing. Could possibly have been Ender’s Game, though. OSC created a book that will perpetually screw with your insides in Ender’s Game, and yet makes you see the possibilities and wonder in science fiction too.

5.) If you had to recommend at least one book from your favourite genre to a non-reader/someone looking to start reading that genre, what book would you choose and why?

It really depends on the person that I’m talking to! I mean I love hard sci-fi, but am not much of one for the softer sci-fi stuff. Many, many people out there are the exact opposite.

Tau Zero is breath-taking in its way. People who slam it for the soap-opera dialogue miss the whole point.
Tau Zero by Poul Anderson

If I thought that person would love hard sci-fi, I’d say Tau Zero. Tau Zero is one of those novels that somehow meshes pages of ridiculously hard to understand math against human emotions. It shouldn’t work as well as it does, but it’s more than the sum of it’s parts.

Transcendental by James Gunn

If they seem like they’d be more interested in the softer side of sci-fi, I’d recommend Transcendental by James Gunn. Gunn uses this novel as an excuse to let his imagination fly free and think about the many, many forms life could take out in the universe. There’s very little science, but a whole lot of personality in it.

But, now if someone asked me for a recommendation for a younger reader, obviously I wouldn’t recommend either of this. For ages 7+, I’d say let them read James Patterson’s Robots Go Wild. It’s specifically focused on robots, and it could take place in a future that’s close enough they could imagine.  It’s cute, funny, has lots of pictures and just works very well. Now, for a slightly older reader, around 10 or so, I’d recommend The Star Agency by R.E. Weber. It reminded me in a lot of ways of Ender’s Game when I first read, but it’s definitely a more accessible read without nearly the amount of pain in it.

6. Why do you read (Sci-Fi)?

I read to escape. Life sucks quite a lot. I don’t smoke anymore. I don’t get drunk anymore. I don’t do drugs. I don’t over-indulge in chocolate. I only have two ways to let off steam. One is to immerse myself in another world, and the other is to see exactly how creatively I can tell someone they’re the left nut of a syphilis infected liger.  Obviously, it’s better for everyone if I choose reading. I read sci-fi because science fiction becomes science fact very often. And maybe, someday, science fact will produce a cure for my daughter’s disease and I won’t have to wake up every morning facing the fact that she could take a turn for the worse and be gone from me in the blink of an eye.

I tag: whoever wants to do it, really. I can’t name off that many bloggers that read science fiction. Maybe Melanie from MNBernardBooks?