Tag Archives: Science Fiction

How does Science Fiction Impact Innovation?

I came across the article “Does Science Fiction Really Drive Innovation?” this morning and found it very interesting. I would have said with more force that the answer was clearly “YES” before I read the article. Now, I am more likely to agree with the author – Science Fiction and Innovation really go hand in hand.

I still contend though that science fiction, in general, is likely to instill in kids and young adults reading or watching it an interest in science that ultimately contributes to innovation. It would be interesting to see how many students who pursue careers in science have read or watched science fiction as opposed to say those who pursued law or history. If that study doesn’t exist someone in academia should take it on.


Star Wars Fan Film – “Dawn of Resistance”

Star Wars – The short, award-winning Star Wars fan film “Dawn of Resistance” was published to YouTube in April of 2016 by gazcarr. This is a sequel to the Star Wars fan film “The Secret in the Sand“.

I think that this is a well-done film, but it is unclear to me what the plot is. I am impressed that “This movie was shot in 2 days with nothing but a Canon 5D3 and a tripod”.


Review of “Valiant Dust”


Book Reviews – “Valiant Dust” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Richard Baker (https://richardbakerauthor.com/). Mr. Baker has published 10 novels. This is the first in his “Breaker of Empires” 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, Mature Situations, and Mature Language. The story is set in the far future. The primary character is Lieutenant Sikander North of Kashmir.

Sikander is the only Kashmiri serving aboard the Aquilan Commonwealth cruiser Hector. As an outsider, he must prove himself at every turn. The Hector is sent to project Aquilan influence at a somewhat backward planet, Gadira II, that is suffering from growing unrest.

They arrive to find a cruiser from a rival government, the Dremark Empire, in orbit. The situation is tense but the two adversaries tolerate one another – for a while. On the planet, the situation deteriorates with violent uprisings. Sikander is introduced to Crown Princess Ranya el-Nasir, who is assisting her uncle, Sultan Rashid, who is the planetary leader.

Sikander and Ranya share more than merely an interest in the local government and military. While not strictly complying with diplomatic norms, they develop a romantic relationship. They get little time to see where their relationship will go as open civil war envelops the planet. At the same time, the tense standoff between the orbiting cruisers deteriorates into a battle.

I thoroughly enjoyed the 9 hours I spent reading this 342 page science fiction novel. I liked the character of both Sikander and Ranya. I also liked the world the story is set in. It reminds me a lot of the world of “Honor Harrington”. I look forward to future novels in this series. The cover art is OK. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

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

Trailer for “Avengers: Infinity War”

Trailers – The trailer for the next movie set in the Marvel Universe, “Avengers: Infinity War” has been released. It combines most of the characters that have recently been introduced to the Marvel Universe. The synopsis per IMDB:

The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.

The movie will open in late April of 2018 and looks to be a very enjoyable story.

Review of “Places in the Darkness”


Book Reviews – “Places in the Darkness” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Chris Brookmyre (https://www.brookmyre.co.uk/). Mr. Brookmyre has published more than 20 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 ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence, Mature Situations, and Mature Language. The story is set in the far future with humanity having built a large space station Ciudad de Cielo (CdC) — The City in the Sky.

The CdC is considered to the best humanity can create, but there is a dark underside to the CdC. In spite of the lofty goals for the CdC, smuggling, booze, and prostitution form the basis for a strong underground economy.

When the “first” recorded murder occurs on the CdC former LA cop and now CdC law enforcement officer Nikki “Fix” Freeman is called on to investigate. Freeman is familiar with the gritty underground economy. She, like many of the other CdC residents, have a second job tied in some way to illegal enterprise.

Arriving just as the murder is discovered, new security chief Alice Blake finds the that the CdC has far more illicit and corrupt activities than she had expected. She and Freeman are forced together in the investigation. Powers are manipulating events to keep both Freeman and Blake off balance. The murder investigation soon evolves into an effort not only to solve the murder but also for Blake and Freeman to simply stay alive.

I really enjoyed the 11.5 hours I spent reading this 448 page science fiction mystery novel. I liked the world created for this novel. The space station makes a different setting for a mystery. I also liked the characters of both Freeman and Blake. The cover art is OK. I give this novel a 4.5 (rounded up to a 5) out of 5.

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

Trailer for “Perfect​”

Trailers – The movie “Perfect” premiered at SXSW a couple of days ago. The synopsis:

A boy in a cold and stark modern house, in a vaguely science fictional world, is seduced by advertisements of perfection to install implantable characteristics directly into his body. The implants heal his dark, twisted visions, but come with a corporeal cost. He persists on applying them, hoping to reach perfection, but ultimately he discovers that purity of mind is not exactly as he’s imagined.

This looks like it might be an interesting movie, but it certainly looks dark. The movie has only earned a 6.6/10 on IMDB, so I am not sure how good it really is.

Trailer for “The Expanse” Season 3

Trailers – I have enjoyed watching the past two seasons of The Expanse. This TV adaptation of James S. A Corey‘s science fiction novel series by the same name has been pretty successful. It has achieved an 8.3/10 rating on IMDB. The synopsis per IMDB:

A police detective in the asteroid belt, the first officer of an interplanetary ice freighter and an earth-bound United Nations executive slowly discover a vast conspiracy that threatens the Earth’s rebellious colony on the asteroid belt.

I have enjoyed the series, though I have not had the opportunity to read the novels. The world portrayed in the series is advanced, yet a little dark. I do look forward to seeing what this season brings to the series. The new season of 13 episodes will appear on the SyFy channel in April of this year.

Trailer for “Fahrenheit​ 451”

Trailers – The HBO remake of “Fahrenheit 451” will appear in May of this year. This is an updated video of Ray Bradbury‘s novel of the same name. The story is set in a dystopian future where books are outlawed. Firemen in that world are not sent to put out fires, but to burn books. The synopsis per IMDB:

In a terrifying care-free future, a young man, Guy Montag, whose job as a fireman is to burn all books, questions his actions after meeting a young girl…and begins to rebel against society.

I read the novel a long time ago when I was in High School and enjoyed it. I look forward to seeing what HBO has done with the story.

Short Science Fiction Film “Prospect”

Short Films – The short (13:52) science fiction film “Prospect” was published to YouTube in February of 2016 by All In One Place 2016. The synopsis is:

Prospect is the coming-of-age story of a teenage girl on a toxic alien planet. She and her father hunt for precious materials, aiming to strike it rich. When the father is attacked by a roving bandit, the daughter must take control.

The short “Prospect” premiered at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival. This is a good young adult scifi film and was awarded a 7.0/10 on IMDB. This short is the basis for a full length film of the same name that premiers at SXSW 2018.

Trailer for “Prospect”

Trailers – The movie “Prospect” premiers at SWSX this week. They categorize this as a “space western”. The synopsis from IMDB:

A teenage girl and her father travel to a remote moon on the hunt for elusive riches. But there are others roving the moon’s toxic forest and the job quickly devolves into a desperate fight to escape.

This looks like it might be good and it has achieved a rating of 9.4/10 on IMDB. This is a full-length movie based upon a science fiction short film of the same name produced in 2014.