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New Journey Ahead! First of all, sorry about my recent absence from the blogging world. Don't worry, I have a good reason. Well… three reasons, to be precise. First up? I moved. We're still in glorious New Hampshire, but we've made the jump from suburban living to the rural woods, and are loving every minute of it.

As the Last I May Know by S.L. Huang An alternate history short story looking at decisions and consequences, and what it takes to pull the trigger. A growing crowd of protesters trudged doggedly through the flurrying snow, bundled up into roundness against the cold until they resembled determined beetles.

Review - Into the Drowning Deep Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant. Seven years ago, Imagine Entertainment funded a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a mockumentary in the search for mermaids. The ship was located days after contact was lost without a single person aboard.

Waiting on Wednesday - The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins Welcome to my weekly segment, Waiting on Wednesday, where I look at upcoming books that I am planning to order and review in the next few months and which I think I will really enjoy. I run this segment in conjunction with the Can't-Wait Wednesday meme that is currently running at Wishful Endings.

Flying taxis of the future look like toys come to life Flying taxis, once the purview of science-fiction films such as The Fifth Element, might soon be a staple of urban transport, as better batteries and innovative designs make it cheaper, cleaner, and quieter to travel short distances by air. Citigroup thinks sales of air taxis could reach $5 billion a year by the end of the next decade.

Terminator: Dark Fate film review: Sarah Connor is back…but is the series back to its best? Is Terminator: Dark Fate the sequel to finally return James Cameron's franchise to its glory days?

Dorium the Oracular Head Companion Tropes Extra 5. "You know, you could've told me all this the last time we met.""It was a busy day and I got beheaded." After he gets beheaded in A Good Man Goes to War, Dorium Maldovar becomes a disembodied head who dispenses knowledge.

One-Minute Epics: "The Wide Eyed" One-Minute Epics are poetic micro tales from John Klobucher's Lore of the Underlings, a lyrical fantasy-fiction world.

The Films of "Science Fiction / Double Feature": Forbidden Planet Review "Anne Francis stars in Forbidden Planet." She also stars in two Twilight Zone episodes, "The After Hours," and "Jess-Belle." You know I can't let Twilight Zone references pass. Speaking of which, a lot of props from Forbidden Planet found their way into various episodes of my beloved series.

Teaser Tuesday - Gray Card Welcome to Teaser Tuesday! Today's excerpt is from Gray Card, the first novella in my Department of Homeworld Security series. When Evelyn proposes to her best friend, there are complications she has no idea about standing between them-including the fact that Adam is an alien!

Book Review: The Testaments by Margaret Atwood A couple of weeks ago, I picked up the book, The Testaments, by Margaret Atwood at Barnes and Noble. It was B&N's book club pick and I've never gone to a book club before so I figured I'd give this one a go. The book club experience was really enjoyable.

Talking science fiction, technological self-determination, inequality and competition with physicist Sean Carroll Sean Carroll is a physicist at JPL and the author of many popular, smart books about physics for a lay audience; his weekly Mindscape podcast is a treasure-trove of incredibly smart, fascinating discussions with people from a wide variety of backgrounds.

Queen's Shadow Title: Queen's ShadowAuthor: EK JohnstonPublished: Disney Lucasfilm Press Pages: 345 Rating: 4/5. My track record with Star Wars novels is pretty hit or miss. But, I love this world so much, so I still want to read as many of them as I can. Luckily for me, Queen's Shadow was a pleasant surprise, and I enjoyed this even more than I was hoping to.

"1st Officer" - Space Tramp - Chapter 10 Jeremiah was in the brothel of The Naked Gypsy in the Silver Moon Room which was home to the lovely madam Anabelle who was sleeping next to him. He had paid the extra money to be her last client for the night and for the room. The cost also came with Anabelle offering some more entertainment in the morning and a proper hand bath.

The Colonization of Sentient Ships in Science Fiction The Xuya stories in Aliette de Bodard's new short story collection, Of Wars and Memories and Starlight, also feature sentient ships, some of which are the recipients of an effort to convert them from their own culture, forcibly, through the well-meaning efforts of people trying to "save" them.

All the Lore We've Learned so Far From HBO's Watchmen Site Damon Lindelof's semi-authorized prestige TV sequel to Alan Moore's Watchmen premiered on HBO this past Sunday, to rave reviews and just a wee bit of confusion.

Marvel Television's Jeph Loeb is Stepping Down as a New Phase of the MCU Dawns Variety is reporting that Marvel Television head Jeph Loeb is expected to step down from his role at the studio "in the coming weeks," after nearly a decade on the job, where he oversaw numerous TV projects, from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to Runaways, that brought the company's superheroes to life on a weekly basis.

A Thousand Fires Sweepstakes! Shannon Price's A Thousand Fires is a breakout contemporary debut described as The Outsiders meets The Iliad - and we want to send you a copy! 10 Years. 3 Gangs. 1 Girl's Epic Quest… Valerie Simons knows the Wars are dangerous―her little brother was killed by the Boars two years ago.

Lee Pace and Jared Harris Will Star in Apple's Adaptation of Isaac Asimov's Foundation Apple’s upcoming adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation trilogy has found its leads! Variety has reported that Lee Pace will star as “Brother Da…

Read an Excerpt from Naomi Kritzer's Catfishing on Catnet Is it really that interesting? Couldn't they just go in the baby's room to see them sleeping? What is it they're expecting their baby to do? Lots of people have gadgets that pretend to be an AI. They can answer if a human asks for a weather report or wants to know the birthday of some celebrity or who won a recent sporting contest.

Dreaming of What If you haven't read the rest of The Dreamer check it out here. "I'm so sorry I snapped like that," Janice spoke between sobs and streaming tears. She repented her earlier words as soon as they left her mouth. Her exhaustion had boiled over yet again. "Doc, my baby's hurting.

Microfiction 293: Splice of Life Radically simple, the synthetic microbe still remained elusive. They had removed every gene not absolutely necessary to Synthia's survival, seeking the briefest genetic sequence possible. They hoped to create something like that elegant and elementary ancestor from which the rest of life evolved.

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Indie Bookseller Picks: Books Are Magic in Brooklyn, NY I didn't read in high school. I hear this a lot from beleaguered parents who come into my bright little bookstore: my kid doesn't like to read. I don't know what happened-they used to love reading, and now they're 14 and they stopped and I don't know how to make them start again.

Beyond Frankenstein: 7 Contemporary Monster Books Written by Women October is upon us and the monsters have been very patient all year. Now it's time to crack open some books and let them out. Stories like Mary Shelley's monstrous masterpiece Frankenstein and Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire are always wonderful Halloween reads, but why not try out one of these modern books written by female authors?

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