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PBS Great American Read: History Of Science Fiction Video
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PBS Great American Read: History of Science Fiction Video

Back in May, PBS launched The Great American Read, their interactive search for America’s favorite novel. They’ve compiled a list of America’s 100 best-loved novels, and now you can vote here for your favorite!

In conjunction with this new initiative, PBS has released a new video called “The Evolution of Science Fiction,” hosted by Lindsay Ellis. Watch the video here below!

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Book Review: The Best American Science Fiction And Fantasy 2017
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The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017
The Best American Series
Paperback | Kindle
Edited By Charles Yu and John Joseph Adams
Publisher: Mariner Books
Release Date: October 3, 2017

If I have said it once, I have said it a thousand times: I love anthologies for the sheer fact that I get to preview a plethora of authors, some new and some not so much. Where else but in a compilation like this will you find so much talent in one spot without literally hanging out in a bookstore all day (I’m looking at you old Waldenbooks customers, folks)? That is precisely what The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017 will give you. So anyway, I’m going to drop a few names, talk about a few stories, and make you want to run out and grab a copy of this. All in one little review. Are you ready? Okay, here we go!

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Movie Review: Alien: Covenant
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Alien: Covenant
Director: Ridley Scott
Screenwriter: John Logan and Dante Harper
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Carmen Ejogo, Demián Bichir
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Rated PG-13 | 122 Minutes
Release Date: May 19, 2017

The truth is that while I liked Alien: Covenant, I didn’t love it. What’s tragic, aside for the future the prequel sets humanity up for, is that all it would have taken to make the film phenomenal was some small tweaks and changes.

Alien: Covenant lacks the same emotional heights sci-fi fans associate with Ridley Scott’s film of 1979 or James Cameron’s 1986 sequel, though it’s not without merit. Chief among the complaints is that the new film seems to sit on the franchise’s laurels rather than push it forward in the way Casino Royale did for James Bond or Logan did for X-Men. It’s been 38 years since the original Alien thriller, but this movie lacks some of the lauded learnings and innovations of modern science fiction cinema.

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Kickstarter Spotlight: ‘Lilith In The Garden,’ An Indie Sci-Fi Drama Short Film
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Lilith in the Garden

Emily Lawrence, an actress, writer, and veteran audiobook narrator, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a short film she is writing, producing, and starring in titled Lilith in the Garden.

Described as a sci-fi drama that “looks at what makes us who we are,” Lilith is to be directed by Leslie Bumgarner, a longtime cinematographer who recently started to take on directing projects for short features and television, with actor Rob Mathes set to play the male lead. The target fundraising goal for the campaign is $5,000, and donors will be treated to all manner of juicy perks depending on the size of their donation.

Continue below for more on the film and to watch the Kickstarter video.

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Second Opinion: ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Movie Review
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Guardians of the Galaxy

If you really want to see a totally ass-kicking space fantasy adventure movie that is well-written and produced, with characters you care about from start to finish, then go see Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Based on the Marvel comic of the same name, it’s the action flick of the year, hands-down.

Peter Quill, aka Star Lord (Chris Pratt) has found a mysterious orb that holds the key to the salvation – or destruction – of an entire planet and the race of people who live on it. Chased by the henchmen of Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) and with a bounty on his head, he encounters Gamora (Zoe Saldana), a killer raised by the mysterious character Thanos (Josh Brolin), as well as Rocket (Bradley Cooper), a self-aware raccoon who’s the product of genetic experimentation. Rocket’s accomplice is the giant enigmatic plant-being Groot (Vin Diesel), whose vocabulary is seemingly limited to the three words “I am Groot.” Arrested by Nova HQ and sentenced to prison, the group encounters Drax the Destroyer (David Bautista), whose family was killed by Ronan, and who has sworn to avenge their deaths.

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Book Review: Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror
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Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, And HorrorNow Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, And Horror
Softcover | Kindle Edition
Edited by Laurie Lamson
Tarcher/Penguin
Release Date: February 20, 2014

If you’re like me and you read ridiculous amounts of literature, surely at some point you have wondered if you could possibly pen your own novel and leave your nine to five job to be a professional writer. I mean, other people have done it and now they get to travel the world and write about whatever makes them happy…right? Wrong.

Being an author is more than just hauling a laptop around and writing whenever the mood strikes you. It’s about dedication, perseverance, and tenacity. But not to worry, some of today’s greatest writers and teachers have come together to lend you a hand (or a book, at least). Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, And Horror is the latest in a series of helpful books that are geared towards the budding author in all of us.

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Science Fiction Author A.C. Crispin Has Died
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Author A.C. Crispin, Star Wars, Star Trek, StarBridge

Science fiction writer and advocate A.C. Crispin, who contributed greatly to the Star Wars Expanded Universe, passed away today after a long battle with cancer. She was 63.

Crispin, who began her writing career in 1983, had 23 published novels, including her own original science fiction series called Starbridge. Along with her editions to the Star Wars universe, which included the well-received Han Solo Trilogy, the best-selling author also wrote the Star Trek novels Yesterday’s Son, Sarek, and Time for Yesterday. There were also the novelizations for the V miniseries and Alien Resurrection, as well as the adventure novel Pirates of the Caribbean: The Price of Freedom that she did as a prequel for the Disney films which provided a backstory for Captain Jack Sparrow, popularized on screen by Johnny Depp.

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eBook Deal: ‘Regarding Ducks and Universes’ For $2
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Regarding Ducks and Universes

The Kindle ebook deal of the day over at Amazon today is Regarding Ducks and Universes by Neve Maslakovic for only $1.99 (that’s 74% off the regular price of $7.95).

Note – this deal is valid only for today, Friday, November 4, 2011, until 11:59pm PST.

If you’d like to purchase a physical copy of Regarding Ducks and Universes, the book is also in paperback.

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Comic Review: Spaceman #1
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Spaceman #1Spaceman #1 (of 9)
Written by Brian Azzarello
Pencils by Eduardo Risso
Colors by Patricia Mulvihill and Giulia Brusco
Letters by Clem Robins
Cover by Dave Johnson
DC/Vertigo
Release date: October 26, 2011
Cover Price: $1.00

Brian Azzarello. Eduardo Risso. These are two comic creators whose names create instant excitement when attached to a new project, especially when they are on the same book, as they are with their new series from DC/Vertigo, which launches this week with Spaceman #1. Azzarello and Risso are the team that brought us a landmark run with their series 100 Bullets. They were also the team for possibly the best thing to come out of DC’s Flashpoint event, with their Batman: Knight of Vengeance mini-series. So, when they start a new project, it’s easy to get me and many other comics fans excited. It’s a good thing then that Spaceman is very good, because you do not want to see a bunch of fanboys get pissed off when things don’t live up to their expectations.

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NASA’s Kepler Spacecraft Discovers Real-Life ‘Star Wars’ Planet Tatooine
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Star Wars Tatooine

Over three decades ago, George Lucas gave Star Wars to the world, and in that movie there was a planet called Tatooine that had two suns, which of course was just absurd and ridiculous science fiction at the time.

Now, just in time for the release of the movies on Blu–ray, NASA’s Kepler spacecraft has discovered the first real–life circumbinary planet, which means it orbits two stars.

You can read more below, as well as check out a video about the discovery.

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