Posts tagged with sci-fi

Sep 20 2023

Eh, maybe


This movie adaptation of Iain Reid's 2019 novel Foe looks like a modern, big-budget Twilight Zone episode. Saoirse Ronan and Paul Mescal are both pretty buzzy young actors, so I'm assuming they wouldn't sign up for something terrible, but I'm...

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Jun 21 2023

Was literally everyone else busy?


Well, the first teaser trailer is out for Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff & D.B. Weiss's adaptation of Cixin Liu's novel The Three Body Problem, and it looks... expensive. Netflix clearly dug deep into the old couch cushions for this one. Unfortunately, based on Benioff and Weiss's previous work, do I trust them to handle cultural issues with sensitivity? No. Am I confident...

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Dec 13 2022

Holiday Gift Idea 6: National Park Monsters Puzzle


I love pretty much everything from this etsy shop, but this particular 1000-piece puzzle seems like the ideal gift for any outdoors-y sci-fi nerds in your life...

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Jul 25 2019



Classic sci-fi nerds take note: there is both an awesome-sounding new audio drama and a comic book adaptation based on Neuromancer author William Gibson's never-filmed script for Alien III...

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Jun 11 2019



I have watched the first four episodes of Netflix's new show The Society (billed as a modern YA take on The Lord of the Flies, but with a supernatural twist), and I am giving it a somewhat wobbly thumbs-up. It took me two full episodes to be able to tell most of the characters apart (the Elle and Allie actresses were particularly confusing), and...

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Mar 13 2019

Free and easy (for me, anyway)


According to The Verge, Netflix has acquired the streaming rights for The Wandering Earth, China’s first science fiction blockbuster, which was based on a story by Hugo-award-winning author Cixin Liu...

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Mar 12 2019

Binti: The Complete Trilogy, by Nnedi Okorafor


If the plot of Nnedi Okorafor's Binti was as impressive as her world-building and character design, her book would be an instant sci-fi classic. Sadly, the plot is by far the weakest element of this story—although Okorafor has clearly established herself as an author to watch...

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Mar 11 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: Binti: The Complete Trilogy by Nnedi Okorafor


Our latest Book Giveaway is Binti: The Complete Trilogy, a flawed but impressively imaginative fantasy/sci-fi by Nnedi Okorafor. A full review will follow shortly, and this giveaway will run through 5/10/19...

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Jan 7 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: Smooth Criminals: Issues 1 & 2, by Kurt Lustgarten and Kirsten "Kiwi" Smith


Our current Book Giveaway is the first two issues of Smooth Criminals, the second comic by Misfit City creators Kurt Lustgarten and Kerstin "Kiwi" Smith. A full review will follow shortly, but here's a spoiler: they still have some kinks to work out. This giveaway will run through 3/09/19...

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Aug 15 2018

In the works


Huh. I had no idea that Ursula K. Le Guin’s work was becoming such a hot commodity: according to io9, there are five Le Guin TV or movie adaptations in some stage of development. Sure, that's not quite Philip K. Dick/Stephen King levels of enthusiasm...

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Aug 13 2018

Stars Uncharted, by S.K. Dunstall


I'm not surprised that there's a promotional quote on the front of S. K. Dunstall's new novel Stars Uncharted comparing it to the popular book/TV series The Expanse. The two stories have a number of similarities (multiple narrators, ragtag space explorers, nods to film noir), but Dunstall's book has its own strengths and weaknesses...

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Aug 13 2018

Weekly Book Giveaway: Stars Uncharted, by S. K. Dunstall


This week's Book Giveaway is S. K. Dunstall's new space opera Stars Uncharted, which I'm hoping will fill the gap that The Expanse's summer/network-swapping vacation has left in my heart. A full review will be posted shortly...

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Aug 6 2018

Dune: 50th Anniversary Edition, by Frank Herbert


I was so excited when I was offered a 50th anniversary edition of Frank Herbert's Dune. There are so many exciting editions of this story: lurid Dune! Tasteful Dune...

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Aug 6 2018

Weekly Book Giveaway: Dune, by Frank Herbert


I feel like it's time to re-read a classic that wasn't written by Jane Austen or P.G. Wodehouse. Someone was kind enough to send us a 50th Anniversary edition of Frank Herbert's Dune, so that's this week's Book Giveaway. A full review will follow shortly...

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Jun 21 2018



Paste Magazine recently compiled a list of the 30 Best Dystopian Books of All Time. I have some questions (the books are very English-language heavy; surely there are some great dystopian novels that haven't been translated yet?), and...

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Jun 20 2018

Be strong, Julia.


I'm not proud of being a sucker, I don't like the packaging (did this really need to be promoted by name-dropping The Big Bang Theory?), and I'm never going to shell out $65 for one of these, but a small part of me really wants this...

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May 21 2018

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Sky is Yours, by Chandler Klang Smith


This week's Book Giveaway is Chandler Klang Smith's debut novel The Sky Is Yours, which I fully admit I picked due to its awesome cover art. Of course, I've been burned by seductive covers in the past, but hope springs eternal. A full review will follow shortly...

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Apr 26 2018

I'm a pop culture sloth


I've never heard of The Expanse, despite the fact that it's based on a series of novels by James S. A. Corey (the pen name of authors Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck), it's already three seasons in, and this Pajiba article has devoted approximately one million words to its alleged awesomeness...

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Apr 18 2018

Thematically similar


In other miniseries adaptation news, the AV Club is reporting that Westworld showrunners Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan are working on a script for an adaptation of William Gibson’s 2014 novel The Peripheral. I've never read it, but the premise sounds right up their alley..

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Mar 26 2018

Warcross, by Marie Lu


When I first picked up Marie Lu's Warcross, my hopes were simple: I wanted a less aggressively self-indulgent version of Ernest Cline's Ready Player One. This definitely qualifies (of course, it's hard to imagine a more self-indulgent version of Ready Player One), but Lu's story has problems of its own...

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Mar 26 2018

Weekly Book Giveaway: Warcross, by Marie Lu


This week's Book Giveaway pick is Marie Lu's Warcross, which I chose because I've been wanting to read one of Lu's books for a while, and I mistakenly thought this was a standalone. (You win some, you lose some.) A full review will follow shortly...

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Feb 27 2018

Not convinced, but worth a try


Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America recently released its nominees for the 2017 Nebula Awards (which are awarded to the best sci-fi novel, novella, novelette, and short story of the year, as determined by professional authors). The Verge published the list of nominees...

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Feb 7 2018



Variety informs me that a TV series adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy is in the works at Paramount Television and Anonymous Content. This isn't the first attempt at adapting this material (Darren Aronofsky was previously working on an adaptation of the novels for HBO—thankfully we've been spared that), but...

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Feb 1 2018

100% would watch


Go Fug Yourself recently featured a couture fashion show by Chinese designer Guo Pei (best known for Rihanna's Met Gala gown a few years ago), and it was glorious. I don't know anything about high fashion, but...

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Jan 15 2018

Renegades, by Marissa Meyer


I've been reading Marissa Meyer's work for a long time. She got her start writing fanfiction, then wrote a series of fairy tale adaptations, then followed those up with an origin story for a famous villain...

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Jan 15 2018

Weekly Book Giveaway: Renegades, by Marissa Meyer


This week's Book Giveaway is Renegades, the first book in a new series by the Lunar Chronicles' Marissa Meyer. I was never as emotionally invested in the Lunar Chronicles as I hoped to be, but I'm assuming this new series won't be so visibly cobbled together from outside sources (specifically, fairytales and Sailor Moon), so that might help. A full review will be posted later this week...

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Dec 20 2017

At least it's not Tolkien


The trailer is out for the upcoming movie adaptation of Philip Reeve's Mortal Engines, which will be directed by Christian Rivers, but...

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Dec 14 2017

Might work, might not


According to Deadline, Netflix has acquired the movie rights to John Scalzi’s space opera Old Man’s War, the first novel in the six-book series of the same name. The production has been in stuck in development limbo...

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Dec 6 2017

And no dragons


According to io9, George R.R. Martin has confirmed that his horror novella Nightflyers is going to be adapted into a SyFy television series, with an 10-episode first season order. I'll be curious to see how well Martin's work is received when the contents are edited down for a non-premium cable channel...

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Aug 29 2017

Money was spent


The promotions for the upcoming Blade Runner sequel are mad fancy: Collider just premiered an “in-world” short film that explains what happened between the events of the first movie, set in 2019, and this sequel, set in 2049. This short takes place in 2036, and features...

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