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Bodies as Commodities: A Review of Matt Hill’s Graft

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Graft (2016) Written by: Matt Hill Genre: Science Fiction Pages: 448 pages (Kindle) Publisher: Angry Robot Why I Chose It: At Speculative Chic, we decided to review all of the Philip K. Dick Award nominees, and as Editor-in-Chic, it was my responsibility to coordinate that. One by one, books were selected, until one was left, alone, without a home: Graft.…

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Welcome to the ARC

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No, we’re not getting on a giant boat with a lot of animals — that’s an ark. ARC stands for Advance Reading Copy. Or Advance Review Copy. Or Advanced Reader’s Copy. Or you might see ARE for Advance Reader’s Edition. The point is that a book that is labeled as such is an early copy that hasn’t yet hit the…

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Silver Screen Resolution: Edge of Tomorrow

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Let me remind you of how it came to this. The Rules Recap: For 2017, 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.  And I made myself some rules. It…

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Paradise In Strange Places: Susan diRende’s Unpronounceable

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Who hasn’t daydreamed about running away from reality?  What if you were given the chance to visit a newly discovered alien planet?  Susan diRende’s Unpronounceable offers just such a taste of this delicious daydream. Unpronounceable (2016) Written by: Susan diRende Genre: Science Fiction Pages: 116 (Kindle) Publisher: Aqueduct Press Why I Chose It: When we here at Spec Chic decided…

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Sound Off! Life

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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, explore new species and discuss Life, which premiered in the United States on Friday, March 24, 2017.   Sound Off! is meant to be a reaction, but not necessarily a review. After all, while…

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Sound Off! Power Rangers

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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, revisit your childhood and discuss Power Rangers, which premiered in the United States on Friday, March 24, 2017. Sound Off! is meant to be a reaction, but not necessarily a review. After all, while…

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Chain Reaction: Three Madcap Time-Travel Adventures

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Who doesn’t love a good time-traveling adventure? Although more serious time-travel stories — 12 Monkeys [the film], Ray Bradbury’s classic short story “A Sound of Thunder” (1952), the TV series Continuum (discussed in a prior post) or the film Primer — can break your brain (especially Primer!), time travel has enchanted audiences since H.G. Wells published The Time Machine in the…

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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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