Reviews and Blog Posts: Science Fiction

Are You Afraid of 2012?


In addition to its 2012 FAQ page trying to scientifically explain some of the science around predictions that the world will end in 2012, NASA has also released a list of what it deems plausible vs. implausible science fiction movies.

Most absurd:

1. 2012 (2009)

2. The Core (2003)

3. Armageddon (1998)

4. Volcano (1997)

5. Chain Reaction (1996)

6. The 6th Day (2000)

Happy Birthday, Isaac Asimov!

Isaac Asimov was born Isaak Yudovich Ozimov on January 2, 1920 and died on April 6, 1992. During those 72 years, he wrote or edited over 500 books and was published in nine out of the ten Dewey Decimal categories.*

Biographies of Isaac Asimov include:

Seasonal Reading

Do you have a favorite go-to read at this time of the year? For some folks, it's Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Possibly a religious text. Maybe it's a holiday story that someone read to you as a child. For the last few years, my traditional holiday read has been the nontraditional and very funny science fiction novella All Seated on the Ground by Colorado author Connie Willis.

If the words "science fiction" scare you and don't really put you in a holiday mood, just give me a moment to try to convince you to give this one a try.

MileHiCon42 Urges You Not to Panic

The 42nd annual MileHiCon blasts off this weekend, October 22, 23 and 24, and features over a hundred events including signings and panels, with Hugo-nominee Paolo Bacigalupi as toastmaster topping the bill. This event funds local literacy programs and includes art exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and fun stuff for the wee ones too!

Attending authors include:

Happy Birthday Ursula Le Guin!

Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin was born on this date in 1929. Le Guin continues to revolutionize the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres and has won Nebula, Hugo and National Book Awards, among others. Her Earthsea series is one of my all-time favorites.

Premiere Reads: Fantasy & Science Fiction

Explore new worlds and civilizations with science fiction and fantasy reads, including Hugo and Nebula award winners, that are out of this world! We will be discussing these great genres and premiere reads on Wednesday, September 29 at 6 p.m. at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library.

While we can discuss any Science Fiction or Fantasy title, I will also be sharing my favorites. A quick overview of the genre will include defining subgenres like Steampunk, Cyberpunk, Space Operas, and Urban Fantasy.

My Top Five Favorite Fantasy Books

The Clock is Ticking

The span of a few heartbeats may be the difference between life and death. The concept of time is rife with clichés. Time and time again, it seems that time is running out. These films are not only racing to beat the clock, but also play with the concept of time and our perception of reality. Time may be misleading, mutable, or overlapping!

Philip K. Dick Festival

The Crack in Space

The first ever Philip K. Dick festival is being held in Blackhawk, Colorado on August 13,14 and 15. This area of Colorado was the setting for the Hugo Award-winning novel, The Man in the High Castle.

Did you know that Philip K. Dick (1928 - 1982) is buried in Fort Morgan, Colorado? He authored more than 50 novels and 200 short stories! Many of his works have been adapted for the big screen

Happy Birthday Joss Whedon!

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Many know Joss Whedon as the creator of Buffy, Angel, Captain Mal, Echo and Dr. Horrible - but did you know he wrote the first Toy Story screenplay?

Joss's Genius on the Small Screen:

Not only is Joss Whedon a first rate director, he has penned many graphic novels and comic books!

Happy Birthday Bruce Campbell!

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Happy Birthday to Bruce Campbell! His autobiography, If Chins Could Kill, is a hilarious trip through his high school days in Michigan with pal Sam Raimi all the way to Hollywood.

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