10 Things Sci-fi Promised Us That DID Happen in 2013 (or Thereabout)

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Last week I published a list of top 10 things science fiction promised us that didn’t happen in 2013. So, lest you think I’m completely negative, let’s take a look at a few things that did happen in 2013… Continue reading

Revisiting the Hugo Award-Winning Redshirts

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Earlier this month at LoneStarCon 3, John Scalzi won the Hugo Award for Best Novel for his 2012 book Redshirts, which has more than a little bit of fun with one of science fiction’s longstanding tropes. Seems a good time, then, to revisit Scalzi’s interview with GeekDad covering metafiction, parody, humor’s place in sci-fi history, and Poor Ensign Jones. Continue reading

Blockbuster Stew of Harry Potter, The Hunger Games and Twilight: A Review of The Bone Season

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Into the cauldron that is her debut urban fantasy novel, The Bone Season, Samantha Shannon has wisely sprinkled every element for potential success. Continue reading

Aetna Adrift — Indie Science Fiction and Scoundrels

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When it comes to self-published science fiction, I’ve downloaded and started a number of non-traditionally published books. Key word — started. As in… not finished. There are definitely a number of gems to be found in the growing number of indie books out there, but in my experience the ratio of bad to good for self-publishing seems to be about 100:1. That’s not to say that the traditional publishing world doesn’t produce some bad stories, but I’ve found the ratio to be completely opposite… about 1 bad book in every 100 that has made it through the gauntlet of editors (and possibly an agent or two). Continue reading

The 10 Best Dads in Fantasy and Science Fiction

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There are so few good dads in science fiction and fantasy. Fathers in so many stories are absent for one reason or another (death being fairly common), and sometimes they even turn out to be the villain! So where are the Mike Bradys of science fiction and fantasy? The Cliff Huxtables? You do happen upon dads of those stripes, or roughly equivalent ones, every now and then. Here’s our list of the top 10. Continue reading

New Elysium Trailer

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Here’s the new official trailer for Elysium, starring power duo Matt Damon and Jodie Foster. Directed and written by Neill Blomkamp (District 9) Elysium takes place on a ruined Earth and a man-made space station called Elysium. Yep, this looks sweet. Continue reading

Classic Simon & Kirby Science Fiction

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It’s no big surprise that I’m a huge fan of pulp science fiction. I love the rayguns, the rockets, the aliens, and all the other tacky (but not at the time!) technology. I love movies, comics, magazines, and books… all of it. Men breathing on Mars? I can accept that. Rockets zooming from Earth to Pluto in minutes? Not a problem. Guns that shoot fire instead of lasers? Why not? Continue reading