Category Archives: Science Fiction

Trailer for “Star Trek: Discovery”

Trailers – It has been a long time since Star Trek themed show has been on TV. It looks like the wait will be over soon as StarTrek:Discovery looks like it will be airing this fall. Unfortunately it will be on a paid channel.

This series is set about 10 years before the original Star Trek series I grew up with. From the trailer it looks to be well done and interesting. We will see when it finally airs.

Final Trailer for “War for the Planet of the Apes”

Trailers – This movie looks to be quite a special effects production. The official synopsis is:

In War for the Planet of the Apes, the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.

It does look like it will be an interesting movie. It appears in theaters July 14.

Another Good Star Wars Fan Film “Emergence”

Star Wars – I recently came across this Star Wars Fan Film published in 2016. The story line is:

Alenna, a Jedi Padawan, is blinded in an ambush designed to leave her dead. Facing inner demons and dangerous foes, she must rediscover her purpose and identity as a Jedi Knight.

I continue to be impressed with what fans of the Star Wars Universe have been able to create.

Review of “Martians Abroad”

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Book Reviews – “Martians Abroad” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Carrie Vaughn (http://www.carrievaughn.com). Ms. Vaughn has published over 20 novels and numerous short stories.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of mild Violence and Mature Situations. The story is set in the far future when the Solar System has been colonized. A young Martian girl, Polly Newton, and her twin brother, Charles, are sent to Earth to attend the prestigious Galileo Academy.

They are the first Martians to attend the school. Students from other colonies are there as well. None of the off-world students fit in well, nor do the Earth students treat them as equals.

Dangerous accidents keep happening to Polly and her small circle of friends. She and her brother come to the conclusion that there is a conspiracy against them and they try to discover the source.

This was an OK 6 hour read of a Young Adult Science Fiction story. The story seems to be targeted at Middle School/High School girls since Polly is the primary character. I think it could have been better if there had been a little more meat to the story. The cover art is OK as certainly it gives the feeling of a young girl missing home, but I think something showing some action caused by one of the accidents would have been better. The way the story ends, there could easily be sequels, which I would reaed. I give this novel a 3.6 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).

Trailer for “Iron Sky: The Coming Race”

Trailers – Iron Sky is a European Science Fiction production first released in 2012. It tells the story of Nazis who have escaped Earth and set up a colony on the dark side of the Moon back in 1945.

“Iron Sky: The Coming Race” is the sequel to that movie, taking place 20 years later. This film will appear in 2018. The synopsis:

Twenty years after the events of Iron Sky, the former Nazi Moonbase has become the last refuge of mankind. Earth was devastated by a nuclear war but buried deep under the wasteland lies a power that could save the last of humanity – or destroy it once and for all. The truth behind the creation of mankind will be revealed when an old enemy leads our heroes on an adventure into the Hollow Earth. To save humanity they must fight the Vril, an ancient shapeshifting reptilian race, and their army of dinosaurs.

Well, I can’t say I am looking forward to this film. It reminds me of those low budget Science Fiction films of the 50s and 60s. The ratings for the original film are only 5.9 in IMDB and 36% on Rotten Tomatoes. Not sure why they did sequels. Looking at IMDB, there appears to be a third film in the series Iron “Sky: The Ark” scheduled to 2018 release as well. I don’t think I will be spending any money to see these.

Another Clip for “Spider-Man: Homecoming”

Trailers – Another short look at “Spider-Man: Homecoming” which opens July 7. Hard to say how this third generation of Spider-Man will turn out. The synopsis for the movie is:

A young Peter Parker / Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.

It will be interesting to see if this Spider-man can maintain his position with the Avengers.

Trailer for “Blade Runner: 2049”

Trailers – This sequel to the original 1982 film Blade Runner (which was adapted from the 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Science Fiction author Philip K. Dick) looks pretty interesting. It is set 30 years after the original movie. Harrison Ford appears in this movie as the much older version of Rick Deckard from the first movie.

The synopsis (from IMDB) for the movie is:

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

We will see how the movie plays out when it opens this October

Trailer for “Kill Switch”

Trailers – This Science Fiction film is due out May 19 as VOD and in selected theaters June 16. I had not heard anything about it until this trailer, but at less than a minute long, it doesn’t really tell us much.

The only thing I can find about it is (on IMDB):

A pilot battles to save his family and the planet after an experiment for unlimited energy goes wrong.

Given how it is being distributed, I don’t have very high expectations for this film. But then you never know until you sit down and watch it.