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Book Review: “Day 115 on an Alien World”

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Book Reviews – “Day 115 on an Alien World” eBook was published in 2018 and was written by Jeannette Bedard (http://jeannettebedard.com). This is Ms. Bedard’s first novel and the first in her “Settler Chronicles” series.

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 ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set in the future. The primary character is Margo Murphy.

Murphy has served in the military but was dishonorably discharged. She has signed on to a colony ship for a new start on a new world. But then ‘accidents’ start to happen. Their ship crashes on the target planet and colonists begin to die. Murphy does not know who to trust, but she feels strongly that there is a saboteur amongst the colonist. Can she survive long enough to determine who is behind the deaths?

I thoroughly enjoyed the 8+ hours I spent reading this 362-page science fiction mystery novel. I liked the characters created for this novel, and I liked the plot. I look forward to reading the next installment in this series. I like the chosen cover art. I give this novel a 5 out of 5.

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

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Wednesday SciFi Flix: “Extinction”

Science Fiction – Trailers – I watched the movie “Extinction” about a month ago on Netflix. It has been out now for almost a year. The synopsis per IMDB:

A father has a recurring dream of losing his family. His nightmare turns into reality when the planet is invaded by a force bent on destruction. Fighting for their lives, he comes to realize an unknown strength to keep them safe from harm.

I enjoyed this film and think it is a good Science Fiction story, though it only earned a 5.8/10 rating on IMDB. I think it deserves a better rating than that. I like the plot twist at the end of the film.

Instrumental Music on YouTube: “Vader’s Overture”

Music – This video was uploaded to YouTube in September of 2018 by composer Jacob A. Cadmus. As the composer explains on his YouTube post:

. . . This is my inquiry to Star Wars Theory’s Darth Vader fan film/web series. I opted for a classic/traditional approach, drawing some heavy inspiration from the prequel trilogy.

It is nice listening, though with a touch of forboding evil.

Movie: “Captain Marvel”

Trailers – This trailer is from back in December and the movie “Captain Marvel” has been open now in theaters since March 8.  The synopsis (if you have been hiding in a cave somewhere) from IMDB is:

After crashing . . . on uncharted territory, Air Force pilot Carol Danvers is brought up by the Kree to being a member of the elite Starforce Military under the command of her mentor Yon-Rogg. Six years later, after crash landing on Earth while under attack by the Skrulls, Danvers begins to discover that she is not who she believes she is. With help from SHIELD agent Nick Fury, Danvers begins to unravel the truth about her past. What she discovers is a secret that will unleash her true power and becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes ever known.

My wife and I went to see “Captain Marvel” this past Sunday evening and we both really enjoyed it. It has earned a scored of 7.1/10 on IMDB, which seems a little low to me. According to Wikipedia, the film has grossed over $760 million (at the time I am writing this post) worldwide. That has been accomplished in less than three weeks! It is so far the highest-grossing film of 2019. The primary character of the movie, Carol Danvers, first appeared in Marvel Comics in 1968. The character has also been known as Ms. Marvel, Binary, and Warbird before taking on the current name of Captain Marvel.

Neither of us had heard of the character before the movie.

Now we know how Fury got his eye patch!

Wednesday SciFi Flix: Short Film “Abe”

Short Films – The short (7:30) science fiction film “Abe” was posted to YouTube in June of 2017 by DUST. This is a very different kind of robot story. The synopsis:

A self-aware robot seeks out love and meaning with horrifying results.

This is as much a horror film as it is science fiction. I thought that the film was very well done, but then DUST does a great job of producing these short films. I liked this film though on IMDB it only achieved a 6.7/10 rating.

Wednesday SciFi Flix: “Occupation”

Science Fiction– I watched the 2018 science fiction movie “Occupation” a few nights ago on NetFlix. This Australian perspective on alien invasion was interesting. The synopsis per IMDB:

A small group of town residents has to band together after a devastating ground invasion. As they struggle to survive, they realize they must stay one step ahead of their attackers, and work together for a chance to strike back.

I hadn’t heard of this movie until I saw it listed on NetFlix. I enjoyed the movie though it only earned a 5.2/10 rating on IMDB. It struck me as an Australian point-of-view mashup of “Independence Day” and “Red Dawn“.

Wednesday SciFi Flix: Short Star Wars Fan Film “Whatever Happened to Mace Windu”

Star Wars – Short Films – The short (10:26) Star Wars fan film “Whatever Happened to Mace Windu?” was uploaded to YouTube in June of 2017 by blinky500. The synopsis:

Sometime after the fallout of “Revenge of the Sith” and before the events of “Rogue One”, Mace Windu found his way to a desert planet with no name, where he prepares his counter-strike against the Galactic Empire and his nemesis- Darth Vader.

I thought that this was a pretty well-done film, though it only earned a 4.1/10 rating on IMDB. I think that the results of just four Sundays of filming turned out well.

Science Fiction Art: The Hyperspace Trap, by Mike Heath

Science Fiction – Very nice Science Fiction artwork

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The Hyperspace Trap, by Mike Heath. Click here for more of the artist’s work!

Click the picture for full-size. I find lots inspiration in artwork, and I share the best pieces I find here so that others may enjoy and perhaps be inspired by them as well.

Some of these pieces have inspired my writing, or beautifully frame some concept or another that I may want or have already written about. I present them here without commentary so they may inspire you without the burden of my perspective, but if you are curious as to my thoughts on any piece or whish to share your own comments are always welcome.

If you’re interested in more Science Fiction Artwork shared previously on my blog, the provided link will take you to an index of them.

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