What’s Up in Sci-Fi: Apprentice in Death to Babel Fish


Welcome back to What’s Up in Sci-Fi #4. 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 and Television Tidbits

New in Theatres / Out Now

Technically, Suicide Squad should go here, but…that’s not science fiction! (Or is it?)

Coming Soon

Zip, Zilch, Zero until November.

Sci-Fi Books

NY Times Best Sellers – Combined Fiction – (1-20):


It’s already dropped to number 6 on the list, but J.D. Robb’s Apprentice in Death (available on Amazon) is still representing science fiction on the NY Times Best Sellers list and USA Today’s Best Sellers List!







Amazon’s Kindle Science Fiction Best Selling List is topped by:


Science Fiction –> Alternate History


Science Fiction –>Exploration


Science Fiction –> Action/Adventure

Sci-Fi to Real Life

The universal translator. If you’re familiar with Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, then you know about the Babel Fish. This little fish, once inserted into your ear (eugh!) instantly translated all languages that you were in the immediate vicinity of.  Well, this definitely isn’t that, but it’s a step towards the Babel.

Rob Verger, writing for BGR, brings us news of this potential new development. Both people speaking would wear a small device in their ears, and translations would be made via a smart-phone app. Clunky it is, and real it might not be (there’s a little doubt), but the fact is – we’re approaching the point (if not already there) where it could be a reality.

There’s a video if you’re curious.


  • Arizona State University spearheaded an effort to compile a work of climate change fiction. This anthology “Everything Change” is FREE to download, read, and share today. (Yes, I’ve downloaded it myself.)

Everything Change features twelve stories from our 2016 Climate Fiction Short Story Contest along with along with a foreword by science fiction legend and contest judge Kim Stanley Robinson and an interview with renowned climate fiction author Paolo Bacigalupi.- ClimateImagination.Asu.Edu





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