Tag Archives: Science Fiction

Trailer for “Thor: Ragnarok”

Trailers – I’m not much of a comics person, but I have enjoyed the worlds that Marvel has taken us to in their movies. This film, “Thor:Ragnarok”, takes us back to the Avengers Universe and to Thor.

While not much is shown in this trailer, Thor seems to have a hard time ahead. We catch a glimpse of Loki, but it is hard to tell how much of a part he plays. Also seen are Hela and even, strangely, The Incredible Hulk.

This looks to be a good addition to Marvel’s Universe. I’m looking forward to the film when it premiers November 3.

Review of “Jerusalem Fire”

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Book Reviews – “Jerusalum Fire” eBook was published in 2016 (the paper edition was originally published in 1986) and was written by R. M. Meluch (http://rmmeluch.com). Ms. Meluch has published over a dozen novels.

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 far future. The Na’id Empire is conquering all of human space and has no concern what so ever for alien species, whether or not they are sapient. The main character is Alihahd, who has sided with the rebels and has been harassing the Na’id.

Alihahd finds himself stranded on the planet Iry. A place of myth. He survives there, taken in by the Itiri. The Itiri Warrior Priests are nearly invincible, yet only a thing of myth in the Na’id Empire. The Itiri spurn the outside world, willing to let the humans battle with themselves.

Alihahd is a troubled soul, wishing to die, but unwilling to take his own life. Over the course of the novel Alihahd struggles with his life.

I was glad when I completed the 9.5 hours needed to finish this 378 page science fiction novel. I thought more than once on calling a Rule of 50, and in hind site I wish I had. Though well written, for the most part I found this novel dull and boring. The cover art one small event in the novel and is not a good representation of the whole. I give this novel a 3 out of 5.

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

Sounds From “Blade Runner”

If you like Science Fiction in general, or “Blade Runner” in particular, you might like this. Or maybe you just need some noise in the background as you work or sleep.

The link above gives a 12 hour . . . YES a 12 hour loop of sounds from Blade Runner. This is just one of the sound loops YouTube user Crysknife007 has created. If you visit his YouTube channel you will find several other lengthy sound recordings. I liked the 24 hour Star Trek TNG Ambient engine noise. But there is a Battlestar Galactica Ambient Engine sound recording too if that is more to your taste.

 

Trailer for “The Machine”

Trailers – The SyFy Channel has ordered a pilot for a new series “The Machine”. This will be a TV series based on the 2013 movie of the same name, the trailer for which is shown above.

The concept will be that the world is being transformed by the emergence of Artificial Intelligence. While we are not there yet, our society is in the process of being massively changed by the growing introduction of robots, AI and Automation. The series will show the struggle between the emergent AI and humanity.

This might be a good series if it makes it through to production.

A Brief Look at Some of the FX in”Rogue One”

In “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” one of the great scenes is the space battle between the Rebel Alliance over Scarif. Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) out did themselves in creating this sequence.

This is a short (0:58) video, but it does give an idea to what went into the sequence. I’ve seen the movie 4 times now and I think that this is one of the outstanding parts of the film. Certainly it centers on the destruction of Star Destroyers and the Shield Gate in a creative way.

More of “Pandora” at Disney World

Disney – Disney seems to be taking their Imagineering efforts to an entirely new level with the new land of “Pandora”, particularly with the flora of the fictitious world. “Pandora”, from the glimpses in the video above, looks to be visually stunning during the day. At night the effect will be amplified by some of the plants being bioluminescent.

One thing that seems to be different with “Pandora” is that Disney is attempting to immerse you in the world of Pandora. There appears to be a great deal of engineering effort that has gone into the animatronics for “Pandora”. For science fiction fans this will be a great experience.

I’m looking forward to exploring this alien world the next time I visit Disney World. It will be the closest we can get to visiting an exoplanet.

Behind the Scenes on “Rogue One”

Trailers – By now we have all see “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” at least once. I think I’ve seen it four times now.

This isn’t a trailer as much as it is a look behind the filming of the movie. While this short (2:56) video doesn’t really reveal much, it is a different look with a couple of brief scenes that I think got left on the cutting room floor.

In any case, if you like Star Wars you will want to see it.

“Star Wars” at Disney

Disney – Those who are fans or “Avatar” get their “Pandora Land” this May when an expansion is added to the Animal Kingdom. The big expansion will open in 2019 when the new Star Wars Lands open. Yes “Lands” – 14 acre expansions are under construction at both Disneyland and Disney World. A new glimpse (video above) was given at the Star Wars Celebration this past weekend at what is in the works.

The Disney World expansion is in Disney’s Hollywood Studios park. When I was there in January 2017 the construction was well underway. This expansion will include a Millennium Falcon that park guests can crew, as well as a rough and tumble village that is an outpost on the edge of the Unknown Regions of space. All sort of characters and strange creatures will be seen here. A good place to find the right ship for smuggling, or for those trying to stay below the radar of the First Order.

I think that these expansions will be a great hit once they open! I only hope that as the Star Wars saga continues to be told, the Lands will continue to expand over the years as well.