Tagged science fiction

The Top 3 Things Wrong with Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Let me say right from the start that I love weirdo Euro Métal hurlant trippy science-fiction movies. Sometimes, the “worse” they get, the better they are, especially if you’re consuming them as part of a late-night, altered-state cinematic binge bender. You’ve never? You should. There used to be a party room at CONvergence dedicated to this very thing (a party room I cohosted and organized). This all goes to say that I was fully primed to write a few...

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...

Sixty Mile Sky Is a Minneapolis-Based Sci-Fi RPG Project Raising Funds on Kickstarter

People play tabletop role-playing games for all sorts of reasons. Some enjoy the social and creative atmosphere. Others love rolling up bad-ass, nigh-rule-breaking characters. Still others play as a way to escape from the stress and ennui of everyday life. There are a lot more, and if we’re being honest, most people play for multiple reasons—and there’s no right or wrong way to draw enjoyment from role-playing as an activity. But lately, as I’ve been role-playing more regularly as...

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...

A Personal Look at Marscon 2017

Marscon is a deeply personal convention for me. I have a close connection with a number of the people who either perform for or work on the music track. I have a friend who comes in from out of state every year, and a girlfriend who comes down to volunteer with Table 27 (the table selling stuff for the musicians) and spend time with me. I’ve had a lot of interesting and intense experiences at the convention, and it...

Throwback Thursday: Is Dark City a Space Opera?

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. It’s very hard to talk about this week’s film in regards to space opera without veering heavily into spoiler territory, so I would suggest that if you haven’t seen it, backing slowly out of the room with your hands raised in a state of surrender and come back after watching it....

Fact or Fiction? A Scientist Puts a Minnesota Monster Book to the Test

After completing M. P. Johnson’s latest novella, Lake Lurkers, I felt like I needed to reach out to confirm a few points in the book that rang a little too true to be fiction. While there is nothing in Minnesota that quite rises to the level of the Loch Ness Monster, there have been a few lake creatures spotted in our 10,000 lakes. I knew a story as frightening and engaging as this had to have some grounding in...

The Moonborn Is a Minnesota Author’s Moby-Dick Space Adventure Debut

Classic literature confession: I have never read Moby-Dick. In my English classes, I read Frankenstein (my personal favorite), Jane Eyre, and Oedipus, but Moby-Dick wasn’t included, and I never took the initiative to read it on my own. But if Moby-Dick took place in space, and instead of a whale there were robots, I probably would have. Minneapolis author D. F. Lovett has appealed to my nerdy classic literature fantasy by doing just that in his first novel, The Moonborn. Before I delve into my thoughts on the story, I...

Read Your Child All the World’s Potential

Sometimes, the world is a worrisome place. It can seem that all that is good in the world is outweighed by a threatening thunderstorm of bad, making me wonder what my child would learn from it all. Then, I remember how, at a convention in the recent past, my tiny Jedi used her lightsaber to help a similarly aged friend find the courage to walk past a rather intimidating Dalek. In other words, let me paraphrase the advice given by...

To Live or Die? Census Contemplates the Answer

Last month, I joined the Minnesota Comic Creators Facebook group because I’m always looking for new comics to flip through. I’m not a comic book artist by any means, but I’m a loyal fan. Fans are crucial to the success of any artist or writer, and Twin Cities Geek is all for promoting the local geek scene by shining the spotlight on stories provided by creators located around the area and hopefully gaining them some new fans in the process. Chance Wyatt...
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