Short Films – I came across the short (9:16) animated science fiction film “Ostiary” recently. This film was posted to YouTube in September of 2018 by Ghaffar Studios. The synopsis:
Stranded and running low on food, a space traveler decides to venture out into a planet’s mysterious environment in search of nutrition. However, he soon finds himself in a situation that’s far more dire.
This is an interesting film, but not great. I checked IMDB, but it has no rating for this film yet.
Star Wars – The short (8:46) Star Wars fan film “The Temptation of Qui-Gon Jinn” was published to YouTube in September of 2016 by Chris Niespodzianski. The original film was made for the 2016 Star Wars Fan Film Awards. This is an extended version.
This is not a bad fan film, but I have seen better ones.
Trailers – The series “Nightflyers” from SyFy will be available this December. This is a TV adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s sci-fi horror novella of the same name. The synopsis per IMDB:
A crew of space explorers embarks on a mission to find a mysterious alien ship.
I think this one will be as much horror as it will science fiction. At least that is what I take from the trailers and other media reports on the program. It will be something that I want to at least try.
Trailers – Just watched this trailer for the YouTube original series “Origin”. The synopsis on IMDB is:
A group of strangers struggles for survival aboard a spaceship heading to a distant planet.
It looks like it has potential. Episodes will be available this November.
Trailers – I watched the trailer for the new Netflix series “Maniac” this morning. The synopsis per IMDB:
Two strangers are drawn to a mysterious pharmaceutical trial that will, they’re assured, with no complications or side-effects whatsoever, solve all of their problems, permanently. Things do not go as planned.
After watching the trailer I think I will start watching the series on Netflix. It looks interesting. It has earned an 8.2/10 rating on IMDB.
Book Reviews – “The Stars Now Unclaimed” eBook was published in 2018 and was written by Drew Williams (http://drewwilliamsirl.com). This is Mr. Williams first novel and the first of his “The Universe After” 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 and Mature Language. The story is set in the far future. the primary character is Jane Kamali is an agent for the Justified who is sent out to find and recruit gifted children.
It had been about a hundred years since ‘The Pulse’ swept across the Universe. Some planets were barely affected. Others, most others were pushed back down the industrial timeline. Many planets were forced back to pre-combustion engine tech. Some planets even further back. How planets were affected seems totally random. Residual radiation from the pulse quickly destroys any new tech once it is put into use on those worlds. Gifted children began to appear just after the pulse.
There were still some with space travel tech. One of these groups is the Pax. Even before the pulse, the Pax was a Sect that was prone to violence. After the pulse, since they were unaffected, they see themselves as zealots who believe they are the rightful rulers of the Galaxy.
The affected worlds can be visited if carefully done. Kamali arrives on a planet that has suffered heavily from the pulse. She finds the young girl she was sent to recruit, but the Pax choose that time to attack the planet. They are able to escape with the help of an android ‘priest’. They begin a journey back to the Justified, but they run into one problem after another, often from the Pax. The Pax is not just a minor threat. They are coming for the Justified. With the Pax, the outcome will be either the destruction of the Pax or the absorption or death of the Justified.
Not only must Kamali use her knowledge and fighting skills to survive and get back to the Justified. She must dodge questions about her past. She must avoid her link to the pulse itself.
I thoroughly enjoyed the 11+ hours I spent reading this 448-page science fiction tale. I liked the characters, particularly that of Kamali. The plot is unusual and offers plenty of opportunities for future books in the series. I am not a fan of the 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).
Short Films – The very short (2:52) science fiction film “Terrarial” was posted to YouTube in September of 2017 by DUST. The synopsis:
With the help of her drones, a young woman faces the horrors outside in a search for a paradise she may never find.
I thought that this, as is most from DUST, is a well-done video.
Short Films – I recently came across the short (14:09) black and white science fiction animated film “Black”. The synopsis:
Two astronauts are trapped on the orbital space station because of nuclear war that ran very fast on the earth below. They have lost contact with earth, all attempts to make a connection with their base or with anybody has failed without an answer.
This was a very well done animation, though the story is a little strange. It reminds me of a manga book. This was not the most enjoyable film and the rating for it on IMDB is only 4.9/10.
Short Films – Star Wars – I just came across the short (4:14) animated comedy Star Wars fan film “Bounty Buddies”. This is an all stop-motion production featuring Hasbro’s 6-Inch Black Series figures. This film was uploaded to YouTube in May of 2015 by JCMediaStudios. The synopsis:
Jabba assigns Boba Fett to his hardest mission yet… teaching Greedo how to be a good bounty hunter. Can Greedo finally capture Solo?
I’m not usually looking for humor or satire in my Star Wars films, but I thought this film was worth noting. It was the winner of the 2015 Best Comedy Star Wars Fan Film Award.
Trailers – The first trailer for the movie “Captain Marvel” has been released. The movie is due in theaters March of 2019. The synopsis (per IMDB):
Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.
The short (1:56) trailer does not reveal a lot, though this movie looks like it has potential. I look forward to seeing it next year.