Tagged science fiction

The X-Files Returns, But Can We Really Go Home Again?

I’m having trouble writing this preview, because I’m not excited. When it was announced about three years ago that The X-Files was coming back for another season, it was exciting—finally, a chance for the iconic show of the ’90s to deliver the answers it had promised. The moment was nigh for redemption from the disasters that were seasons 8 and 9 and the second motion picture. I was giddy that finally I could discuss my favorite show without the...

Minnesota Conventions for Cosplay in 2018

As we kick off the new year, have you started cosplanning your cosplays for 2018? Twin Cities Geek is here to help with a comprehensive list of conventions and a few other select events in Minnesota you might be interested in cosplaying at in 2018. Click on the convention’s name to visit its website, which will have the most current information on dates, registration prices, guest appearances, cosplay contests, and more! (Note that events other than conventions are listed separately...

Who Gets Excluded from the Gender Commentary of Sleeping Beauties and The Power

This fall, the books Sleeping Beauties by Stephen and Owen King and The Power by Naomi Alderman were released. Both make an attempt at viewing what the world is like for women by depicting plagues that affect them while leaving men (mostly) unharmed. This is not a new mechanism in genre literature, with the popular comic Y: The Last Man being a prime example of earlier explorations of a gender-based malady. However, the basis of these two novels, an illumination of inequality...

Artemis Is Lighthearted Sci-Fi Entertainment from the Author of The Martian

In 2014, Andy Weir’s self-published book The Martian was picked up by a major publisher. Just a year and a half later, it was a major motion picture starring Matt Damon that went on to gross over $630 million. Given that history, it’s not too surprising that Fox bought the film rights to Weir’s newest book, Artemis, months before it was even published. The new novel tells the story of Jasmine “Jazz” Bashara, a 20-something petty criminal born and...

John Carpenter’s Tales of Science Fiction Offers Excellent Art and Familiar Tropes

John Carpenter is a man of many trades. In addition to being a film director, writer, and composer, though some may not know it, he’s also involved in the world of comics. Published by Storm King Comics, John Carpenter’s Tales of Science Fiction aims to be an anthology, with each limited series telling a contained story over a handful of issues. The first three-issue story is Vault, in which a mining vessel comes across a derelict alien ship in...

The Sci-Fi Poetry Books of the Year Feature Whales and Robots and the Apocalypse, Oh My!

Last month, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association announced the winners of the 2017 Elgin Awards for best collections of speculative poetry from the previous year. For those new to the term, speculative poetry has become a relatively common catch-all for poetry that embraces the imagination, including fantasy, science fiction, horror, and other similar genres. Some might be surprised at the excitement for these types of poetry, but the current US Poet Laureate, Tracy K. Smith, won a...

Win a Copy of the New Book Treknology: The Science of Star Trek from Tricorders to Warp Drive!

In addition to being the senior editor here at Twin Cities Geek, I’m also a book editor. Sometimes those books are geeky, too, which is the case with Treknology: The Science of Star Trek from Tricorders to Warp Drive—a book about the real-life science behind Star Trek technology. After realizing there was nothing like it already out there, I acquired Treknology for the Quarto Group in Minneapolis with astrophysicist and bona fide geek Ethan Siegel to write it. Some two years...

Infinity Chamber Stretches into Eternity

Infinity Chamber, a low-budget indie science-fiction picture that was written and directed by former Minnesotan Travis Milloy, is currently available on VOD after completing a short theatrical run. The film revolves around prisoner Frank Lerner (Christopher Soren Kelly) and his attempt to understand and escape from the strange holding cell in which he awakes, accompanied by his Life Support Operator, HOWARD (Jesse D. Arrow), a computer whose sole purpose is to keep Frank alive in the cell. Frank soon...

Minnesota-Born Travis Milloy Brings Thoughtful Sci Fi to the Screen

Science fiction encompasses a broad range of stories. From blockbuster space adventures and transforming robots to more cerebral cautionary tales that hold a mirror to the path we as a society currently walk, the genre appears limitless in its potential. Writer and director Travis Milloy, a Minnesota native, is trying his hand at the latter with his latest project, Infinity Chamber, out in limited theaters today and coming to Amazon and iTunes on September 26. The film tells the story...

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...
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