Category Movies

Dirk Gently and the short, quirky science fiction show that didn’t suck

I heard the words, “the fundamental interconnectedness of all things,” while hunched over my laptop at the dining table. I couldn’t see the TV but I could see my husband. “Is that Dirk Gently?” I asked. Voice infused with incredulity, he said, “How did you know? It’s only the first minute of the show.” He […]

AI: Friends or Enemies

The term ‘robot’ was first used in R.U.R. or Rossum’s Universal Robots by writer Karel Čapek—robota means “forced labour” in Czech. In their very first outing in science fiction, robots—in this case, semi-organic, intelligent, manufactured creatures—don’t behave very well. They rise up, overthrow their human overlords, and set fire to civilization. Not a great start. […]

Junk Head 1: Into the dystopian rabbit hole

Takahide Hori spent four years making the stop-action 30-minute movie Junk Head 1 in his spare time. In his futuristic take on Alice in Wonderland, we follow an unnamed protagonist down, down, down, into the bowels of a futuristic hellscape of nightmares and dark humor where Earth has become a dytopian industrial labyrinth inhabited by […]

2013 Science Fiction Movie Roundup: What Rocked and What Sucked!

Do you know what awesome sci-fi movie (and accompanying TV series DVDs) resides on the International Space Station? Serenity! I love Joss Whedon’s Firefly and I think it’s pretty cool to imagine real-life astronauts kicking back watching Captain Mal and his gang on their adventures. I enjoyed Dianne’s post on SF in 2014. There are […]

SF in 2014

2014 is going to be great! There’s so much to look forward to. As we made this list of what we’re looking forward to from SF in 2014, we got all distracted by geeking out about how much fun it was all going to be. TV Sense8 is a Netflix series debuting in late 2014. […]

Deck the halls with geekiness

Happy holidays! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Solstice, Festivus, Hogmanay, New Year’s, Epiphany/Three Kings Day, Boxing Day or the birthdays of science fiction authors Arthur C. Clarke and Philip K. Dick on December 16, it’s that time of year for festive foods and gift giving. We had a geeky yuletide at our house. Many […]

It’s all a bit silly… and that’s OK

Every single person reading this has a ridiculous skeleton somewhere in their closet. Whether it’s a complete collection of Batman Forever trading cards lovingly stored in plastic sleeves, an 8th-grade notebook of sincere but awful poetry that should be burned, or files of fanfic about you and Data. And Jayne Cobb. And Batman. At the […]

Sci-Fi and the Sense of Wonder

It’s a vast, empty desert vista. A binary sunset bleeds twilight colours onto a lonely moisture farm. Enter young Luke Skywalker, on the threshhold of adulthood, unfulfilled, yearning for a life of adventure in the stars. He knows he’s destined to be out there, but duty’s holding him back. Most of his friends have gone. […]

Joss Whedon’s Agents of F.I.R.E.F.L.Y.

While I’ve been a Browncoat, an avid fan of Joss Whedon’s space western TV show Firefly and movie Serenity, for the past decade, I’m not a long-time, hardcore “Joss is Boss” Whedon-ite. I loved his work on Toy Story back in the ’90s and I own Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along Blog on DVD, but I couldn’t […]

Documentary summer: SF/F, geeks and fandom

When I wasn’t attending steampunk conventions, working on novels or earning my platinum trophy in Skyrim, I spent my summertime watching documentaries about SF/F and fandom. Here are a few of my favorites. TREK NATION (2011) is Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry’s touching journey of discovery about Star Trek and his father, who died when Rod was […]