Tagged sci fi

Battle Angel Alita Is an Oldie and a Goodie

It’s been nearly 30 years since the manga series Battle Angel Alita came onto the scene in 1990, but Yukito Kishiro’s dystopian masterpiece has stood the test of time. It’s simultaneously a callback to the retrofuturistic cyborg films of yesteryear and a still-fresh story whose relevance has only increased over the years. The series is all set to get the live-action movie treatment in 2018, and in honor of the upcoming film, the series is getting a digital exclusive release with an...

Throwback Thursday: Insert Multi-Pass Joke Here for The Fifth Element

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. As the final space-opera themed Throwback Thursday before CONvergence next week, I wanted to take a moment to shine a light on one of my favorite films, Luc Besson’s 1997 extravaganza The Fifth Element. Owing a huge debt to the production design of Jean “Moebius” Giraud, and Jean-Claude Mézières,...

We’re Giving Away FREE Tickets to MantiCon 2017!

Convention season is in full swing, and MantiCon 2017 is coming up on May 26–28. This local con is the place to be for fans of military sci fi and fantasy, and if that describes you, then you’ll be interested to know we’re giving away 2 pairs of Gryphon-level tickets! To enter, all you have to do is like the Twin Cities Geek page on Facebook (if you haven’t already) and comment on the MantiCon giveaway post telling us...

Throwback Thursday: The Enemy of My Enemy is Enemy Mine

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. Due to creative differences, a director leaves a project. Another director steps in. This is a pretty regular occurrence in Hollywood. In 1984 this happened while filming a science-fiction film about two different species learning to put aside hate and embracing friendship. It’s a good concept for a science-fiction film....

Throwback Thursday: Barbarella Really Could Be the Queen of the Galaxy

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. Released at the tail end of the time period affectionately known as Swinging London, 1968’s Barbarella captures just a bit of the tone and feel of that era. While not doing terribly well in the United States, it was the second-largest film in the United Kingdom that year. Only...

Rogue One Promises a New Hope

Writing about a Star Wars movie presents a certain set of, shall we say, opportunities . . . particularly for someone who was born on the right side of the “Ewok Line.” We, as fans, can choose to revel in the nostalgia of the original series as presented long ago in local theaters such as the Cooper or Southtown. We can struggle with the very complicated feelings that the prequels bring to the fore. We can try to pretend...

Reviewing the Indie Author: Identity

Welcome to Reviewing the Indie Author, where we look at books by self-published and independent-press authors. Identity is the sequel and conclusion to the book Illusion that was written last year. Classified as sci-fi, this novel follows not only the first character Daith but her friend Torrak, who is on the hunt to rescue her. It starts shortly after the end of Illusion as we follow Daith. Her powers are manifesting, however her control over them is gone now. Grief...

Throwback Thursday: V stands for Visitor and Victory

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. Before the term “binge-watching” became a thing, watching TV on your computer was possible, and cable channels dominated the ratings due to the fragmentation of audiences; the Big Three networks—CBS, NBC, and ABC—relied on event series to blow their competitors out of the water. One such event idea was...

From the Stands: DreamHaven Books Is Still Standing

From the Stands is a series that profiles comic book stores around the Twin Cities and talks about their histories, their offerings, and the communities they serve. One of my earliest memories of my “fandom” is going to DreamHaven on Lake Street and gazing longingly at their antique books, my breath fogging up the protective case they sat in. Amongst many first editions and leather-bound volumes of sci fi and horror, there was a section containing early editions of...

Reviewing the Indie Author: Illusion

Welcome to Reviewing the Indie Author, where we look at books by self-published and independent-press authors. Illusion by Christa Yelich-Koth, which will be officially released in September, is a sci-fi novel and the first book of a planned series. It takes place primarily on a large spaceship, which might normally make a reader nervous—but the discovery of the ship and the sheer number of different crew members and plot lines are more than enough to keep this small space from...
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