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Movie Suggestion for the Week:
The 1951 version was selected for preservation in 1995 in the United States Film Registry as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. It has many parallels to the Christian concept of Christ, so may be worth a good think. More importantly, though, it’s much better acted than that other version we shall not name.
Start your new year off wth a classic.
Opening Next Week (Jan 13):
Synopsis: Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, Tripp (Lucas Till), a high school senior, builds a Monster Truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a strange and subterranean creature with a taste and a talent for speed, Tripp may have just found the key to getting out of town and a most unlikely friend.
Starring: Lucas Till, Jane Levy, Thomas Lennon
Watch the Monster Trucks trailer here.
Trailers to Watch:
Ickerman doesn’t have a specific release date yet, but it looks like they’re optimistic about it coming out in 2017. I liked the CGI that I saw, and the vision of the future. We shall see.
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Invasion by lavam00 on DeviantArt
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The highly-anticipated follow-up to William R. Forstchen’s New York Times bestsellers, One Second After and One Year After, The Final Day immerses readers once more in the story of our nation’s struggle to rebuild itself after an electromagnetic pulse wipes out all electricity and plunges the country into darkness, starvation, and terror.
After defeating the designs of the alleged federal government, John Matherson and his community have returned their attention to restoring the technologies and social order that existed prior to the EMP (Electro-Magnetic Pulse) attack. Then the government announces that it’s ceding large portions of the country to China and Mexico. The Constitution is no longer in effect, and what’s left of the U.S. Army has been deployed to suppress rebellion in the remaining states.
The man sent to confront John is General Bob Scales, John’s old commanding officer and closest friend from prewar days. Will General Scales follow orders, or might he be the crucial turning point in the quest for an America that is again united? As the dubious Federal government increasingly curtails liberty and trades away sovereignty, it might just get exactly what it fears: revolution. – Goodreads
Peter Cochrane and his new wife, Karina, have been married less than a year. And although things have been quiet in relation to the old Empire during that time, they’re about to get a lot hotter. Peter and Karina have embarked on a diplomatic mission to Sandosa, an old ally of Pendax, the newest member of the Union.
But during their mission the government of Sandosa attacks Peter’s new command, Defiant, and tries to assassinate Karina and him. Peter responds the only way he can, with all the power at his disposal to protect both his wife and Defiant.
Then suddenly Defiant is called away to Skondar, where Peter’s old flame Dobrina Kierkopf and her new ship Impulse II have come under attack by the Butcher of Carinthia, Prince Arin. Though Defiant chases away the prince, it is not before some pretty devastating events have occurred.
And soon Peter finds himself racing toward the mysterious world of Altos, where he discovers an unpleasant truth about the Union’s allies, the Historians of Earth.
Each encounter with Arin and his allies leaves Peter and the Union Navy fleet reeling, even as they continue to pursue this elusive enemy. But all of this can only have one conclusion, a final confrontation in which Peter and Arin will battle over the future of humanity—Union or Empire.
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Sci-Fi on the Web
- Bustle has a great science fiction that every badass woman should read list on .
- Jonathan Drake, writing for Open Democracy, has a really interesting piece on Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights.
- Biography has a short video on Octavia Butler that might be worth your time, if you’re wondering about her.
- Vox talks Star Wars and the Alt-Right in an article that will make you think.
- Ben Silverio, for ScienceFiction.com, has a list of his most anticipated films of 2017.
- Bullsh*t.ist has a thought-provoking article on Science Fiction’s Dysfunction.