Tagged science fiction

Just What Is This Convention, Anyway? A Guide to Different Types of Cons

If you have had any exposure to fan or geek communities, you’ve probably heard about these so-called conventions that take place every year. These can range from small events at local community centers and libraries to massive events taking place at the largest convention centers and hotels. Each convention is unique in its own way—they’re all organized differently and have different goals and audiences. You’ll see a lot of terms to describe these different types of conventions out there,...

Rob Guillory’s Farmhand Proves You Really Can’t Go Home Again

A Louisiana farmer named Jedidiah receives a vision giving him the information to grow and harvest human organs. His children, Zeke and Andrea, who left the farm years ago, returns upon his request to help him take care of things. The farm is now a super-high-tech, booming business that gives organic transplants to people in need. But with that success come malicious adversaries trying to steal Jed’s work. Unfortunately for Zeke and Andrea, Jed may not be as guiltless...

Origin Is the Sci-Fi Series That Might Make You Get YouTube Premium

I recently had the chance to screen the first two episodes of YouTube Premium’s new series, Origin, premiering on November 14, 2018. With producers from Lost and The Crown and some recognizable actors, I figured that the show at least had some credibility behind it. The premise? “A group of strangers find themselves stranded on a spacecraft bound for a distant planet. The abandoned passengers must work together for survival, but quickly realize that one of them is far...

Marissa Meyer’s Archenemies Favors Romance and Secrets Over Action

I was unbelievably excited for Archenemies. I read the first book in the series, Renegades, back in January and fell in love. I was looking forward to another book that would continue the stories of Adrian Everhart and Nova Artino, and I hoped that all of my burning questions would finally be answered after over half a year of waiting. Archenemies, unfortunately, was a bit of a letdown. Maybe I had psyched myself up too much. Maybe, because I was reading...

5 Questions for Marissa Meyer to Answer in Archenemies

When most people think of November, they think of elections, Thanksgiving, and sweater weather. When I think of November, I think of book release dates. We are now mere weeks away from the release of Archenemies, the second installment in the Renegades series by Marissa Meyer. Best known for the Lunar Chronicles, her fairy-tale sci-fi series, Meyer has continuously won over fans for the past six years with her attention to detail and diverse characters. Previously sticking mostly to adaptations and retellings,...

Join Twin Cities Geek for a 21+ Night at the Science Museum of Minnesota!

The Science Museum of Minnesota’s monthly Social Science event is an adults-only night where you can explore the museum, grab a drink, catch special presentations and activities, and more with a 21+ crowd of fellow science lovers. This month, the museum is going extra geeky with a theme of Sci-Fi Con—and you can bet we’ll be there doing our part! From 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. on October 11, 2018, you can: take Twin Cities Geek’s sci-fi trivia challenge (with...

Kin Is an Odd Mess of Family, Crime, and Ray Guns

There’s a throwback aspect to the weirdness of Kin that echoes the strange and flawed genre ideas of the ’70s and ’80s. One film it quickly brings to mind is Laserblast, in which a dopey teenager discovers an alien weapon that changes his life. Kin presents a similar premise but attempts to make it even more of a male wish-fulfillment adventure and simultaneously give it a somber edge with its tale of connecting brothers—and it almost works for how bizarre...

2001: A Space Odyssey Marks 50 Years with a Limited IMAX Run

It is the 50th anniversary of one of the most influential films ever made: Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece (no, really), 2001: A Space Odyssey. Lucky for film buffs, hardcore sci-fi fans, recreational drug users, and Pink Floyd enthusiasts, Odyssey has received a limited one-week theatrical rerelease officially starting August 24, 2018. Four IMAX locations (none, sadly, in Minnesota) are screening in IMAX 70mm, created from the “unrestored” 70mm print. The rest of us at other IMAX locations get a 4K remaster. The rerelease trailer for Odyssey,...

Babylon 5 Is an Iconic, Groundbreaking Piece of TV Sci-Fi History

My exposure to Babylon 5 came many years after its original mid-’90s broadcast, when it aired nightly on SyFy (then Sci Fi) in the early 2000s. Initially, it was my father who became obsessed with the show and insisted my mother and I would love it just as much. He was right. We taped every episode and eagerly discussed the plot at dinner. As soon as the DVDs were released, we bought them. We stocked up on the books,...

5 Awesome Anthology Shows to Binge-Watch Right Now

“The Golden Age of Television” is a phrase that has been thrown around with almost reckless abandon since the dark ages before streaming. I’d argue that every decade has had examples of phenomenal programming, as well as some that has been . . . not so great. The ’80s mastered the art of the Saturday-morning cartoon. The ’90s gave us dozens of fantastic and truly groundbreaking sitcoms. The early aughts saw the cable networks prove that the small screen...
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