Tag Archives : science fiction

Silver Screen Resolution: The Martian

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A quick reminder of how it came to this: This year, I’ve resolved to see twelve new-to-me spec fic movies in a no-doubt vain attempt at catching up with popular culture.  One movie per month, the results of watching said movie discussed at the beginning of the next month.  Do you all have any idea how many awesome-sounding spec fic…

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Chain Reaction: Three TV series Cut Off In Their First Season

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I’m a sucker for series that only get short runs. I like ruminating about untapped potential, I suppose; the what-ifs and what-could-have-beens make great daydreaming material (and story fodder). Every so often there’s talk of reviving Firefly, Joss Whedon’s beloved 2002 space western series, whose fans often feel was given short shrift by FOX. Firefly’s first season was fourteen episodes…

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Gender, Xenophobia, and Prescient Politics in The Left Hand of Darkness

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This Month On Changing the Map It’s not often that you pick up a nearly fifty-year-old novel only to find that it mirrors your current political climate with uncanny precision. It’s a bit like hearing a sermon at the precise moment you need it. You’re grateful for the enlightenment, but vaguely unsettled that the good lord or the universe knew…

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Psychic Romances and Passive Protagonists: A Review of Connie Willis’s Crosstalk

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Crosstalk (2016) Written by: Connie Willis Genre: Science Fiction Pages: 498 (Hardback) Publisher: Del Ray Why I Chose It: A few years ago, I read a handful of really great books by Connie Willis: To Say Nothing of the Dog, Doomsday Book, and Bellwether. With the release of her latest book, Crosstalk, I figured that it was the perfect time to…

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Sound Off! Passengers

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Welcome back to Sound Off!, a semi-regular column where members of Speculative Chic gather together to chat about the latest BIG THING in entertainment. This time, we’ve awoken from our sleep chambers in order to discuss Passengers, which premiered in the United States on Wednesday, December 21st, 2016. Sound Off! is meant to be a group of reactions, but not…

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How to Shop for Geeks

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We live in the era of the unabashed geek, and it’s wonderful. But what if you’re not into Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, World of Warcraft, or comic books and you have friends or family that are? What do you buy them for the holidays? Don’t fret — there’s still hope.

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Sound Off! Arrival

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Welcome back to Sound Off!, a semi-regular column where members of Speculative Chic gather together to chat about the latest BIG THING in entertainment. This time, we’ve landed on the blog to chat about Arrival, which premiered in the U.S. on Friday, November 11th, 2016. Sound Off! is meant to be a group of reactions, but not necessarily a review.…

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Know Your Enemy: Orphan Black Rewatch Episodes 2.01 thru 2.05

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It’s a turbulent, emotional time in the United States right now. After eight years of progress on many fronts, many people who differ from the norm (norm = straight white male, or in some cases, straight white female) are feeling rightfully terrified by the electorate’s choice on President Elect. When I was watching my five Orphan Black episodes for November,…

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Leave The Lies To The Living: A Review of Mira Grant’s Feedback

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Halloween might be over, but that doesn’t mean we stop embracing the scary around here.  Welcome back to my soon-to-be-completed romp through the world of Mira Grant’s Newsflesh series.  Today, we are discussing the newest addition to the series, Feedback.  In Grant’s own words, This standalone entry in the Newsflesh world follows a new blogging team through a new adventure…and…

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