This is Sci-Fi, Issue 11: The Gauntlet, Radiate, and Star Trek: Discovery

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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:

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”
Carl Sagan

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Science Fiction Movies

Sci-Fi Movie Suggestion for the Week:

Movie cover for Contact

Contact (1997):  Contact is one of those movies that, even if you don’t end up liking, you need to have at least watched once. (Or tried to watch. Don’t torture yourself if you hate it.) This is one of (if not the) Jodi Foster’s signature roles, and she does a solid job in this movie. I don’t remember McConaughey’s part at all, so he wasn’t too annoying, obviously.


Contact Synopsis: Dr. Ellie Arroway, after years of searching, finds conclusive radio proof of intelligent aliens, who send plans for a mysterious machine.

Starring: Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Skerritt


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Sci-Fi Movies Opening This Week (May 26th):

Zilch again. Sorry folks!

Sci-Fi Movies in Theatres (links to IMDB)

Alien: Covenant (Going to see this today!)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2

Trailer to Watch:

Wonder Woman is opening June 2nd, and if you’ve managed to be totally blind to the advertising that is everywhere, you can find see the official trailer here.

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Science Fiction Books

New Releases

Book cover for The Caledonian Gambit Book cover for Radiate Book cover for The Gauntlet



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The Caledonian Gambit – Dan Moren – Release Date: May 23rd, 2017

The galaxy is mired in a cold war between two superpowers, the Illyrican Empire and the Commonwealth. Thrust between this struggle are Simon Kovalic, the Commonwealth’s preeminent spy, and Kyle Rankin, a lowly soldier happily scrubbing toilets on Sabea, a remote and isolated planet. However, nothing is as it seems. Kyle Rankin is a lie. His real name is Eli Brody, and he fled his home world of Caledonia years ago. Simon Kovalic knows Caledonia is a lit fuse hurtling towards detonation. The past Brody so desperately tried to abandon can grant him access to people and places that are off limits even to a professional spy like Kovalic.

Kovalic needs Eli Brody to come home and face his past. With Brody suddenly cast in a play he never auditioned for, he and Kovalic will quickly realize it’s everything they don’t know that will tip the scales of galactic peace. Sounds like a desperate plan, sure, but what gambit isn’t?

The Caledonian Gambit is a throwback to the classic sci-fi adventures of spies and off-world politics, but filled to the brim with modern sensibilities. – Goodreads

Radiate – Lightless #3 – C.A. Higgens – Release Date: May 23rd, 2017

In the follow-up to Lightless and Supernova, C. A. Higgins again fuses science fiction, suspense, and drama to tell the story of a most unlikely heroine: Ananke, once a military spacecraft, now a sentient artificial intelligence. Ananke may have the powers of a god, but she is consumed by a very human longing: to know her creators.

Now Ananke is on a quest to find companionship, understanding, and even love. She is accompanied by Althea, the engineer who created her, and whom she sees as her mother. And she is in search of her father, Matthew, the programmer whose code gave her the spark of life.  But Matthew is on a strange quest of his own, traveling the galaxy alongside Ivan, with whom he shares a deeply painful history. Ananke and her parents are racing toward an inevitable collision, with consequences as violent as the birth of the solar system itself and as devastating as the discovery of love. – Goodreads

The Gauntlet – Cage #3 – Megan Shepherd – Release Date: May 23rd, 2017

The Maze Runner meets Scott Westerfeld in the final novel in the gripping and romantic Cage series, about teens abducted from Earth by an otherworldly race.

Cora and her friends have escaped the Kindred station and landed at Armstrong—a supposed safe haven on a small moon—where they plan to regroup and figure out how to win the Gauntlet, the challenging competition to prove humanity’s intelligence and set them free. But Armstrong is no paradise; ruled by a power-hungry sheriff, it’s a violent world where the teens are enslaved and put to work in mines. As Nok’s due date grows closer, and Mali and Leon journey across space to rescue Cassian, the former inhabitants of the cage are up against impossible odds.

With the whole universe at stake, Cora will do whatever it takes, including pushing her body and mind to the breaking point, to escape Armstrong and run the Gauntlet. But it isn’t just a deranged sheriff she has to overcome: the other intelligent species—the Axion, Kindred, Gatherers, and Mosca—all have their own reasons to stop her. Not knowing who to trust, Cora must rely on her own instincts to win the competition, which could change the world—though it might destroy her in the process. – Goodreads

Time Travel Fiction:

Book cover for Timeline  Book cover for 11/22/63  Book cover for The Time Machine






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The Sci-Fi Zone:

 The Best of The Twilight Zone: Season Two

 1. The Obsolete Man: This ranks in my top 5 of Twilight Zones ever. It has an excellent theme and Burgess Meredith and Fritz Weaver are totally awesome in it. I honestly can’t wait to get to this one on our Twilight Zone Tuesday.

 2. Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room: Joe Mantell carries almost this entire episode on his shoulders and he does it perfectly. Awesome episode.

 3. A Penny for Your Thoughts: One of the Twilight Zone’s rare humorous episodes. It’s cute and funny and I love it.

 4. Twenty Two: The creepiness factor in this one runs high and the sassy character of  Liz Powell (Barbara Nichols) just tops it off.

 5. Will the Real Martian Please stand Up?: Partly funny and partly dramatic. the ending is a waiting game between a couple of players with Earth as their playing field.

 6. The Silence: A great episode plumbing the depths of human behavior.

 7. The Night of the Meek: This one gets overlooked a bit as over-sweet and smarmy. Call me a softie but I do love this episode.

 8. Eye of the Beholder: One might wonder why this one is so far down the list. I do really like it but it gets a lot of attention on it’s own that I wanted to feature a few awesome, lesser known episodes.

 9. The Howling Man: Again, another fantastic episode that is fairly well-known. Acted well and with a great story.

 10. The Whole Truth: Perhaps not a popular choice but what could be worse for people in certain professions but a car that forces it’s owner to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth? Rod Serling’s glee in telling it is so apparent as well that it’s pretty funny.

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Notable Events in Sci-Fi History

3Science Fiction Actors Birth / Death (May 13th – May 26th)

Phyllis Gotlieb b. May 25th (Sunburst)

J. Brian Clarke b. May 23rd (Alphanauts)

Yoji  Kondo/Eric Kotani b. May 26th (Island Worlds)

5 Science Fiction Movies Released (May 13th – May 26th)

It Came from Outer Space (1953)

Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958)

Escape from Planet of the Apes (1971)

Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)

Alien (1979)

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Science Fiction on the Web