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Catching Up on SciFi Movies (Part 14)

As I’ve done before, here are my quick takes on the genre-related films I’ve watched in the last few weeks.

Quick thoughts follow…

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Can You Name This Story? (Part 21)

SF Signal readers, your sf story knowledge is legendary to the point where we get specific request for you to name stories with remembered plots but forgotten titles. Like this one from Ian Watson via Marty Halpern…

Do any of you out there know the title to this story?

I’m trying to find the title and author of a story, but I only have a few details: the story is possibly from 30-plus years ago, possibly written by a woman. In the story lots of people all have the same wonderful dream, so they write it down as fiction and mail it to a magazine, which suddenly receives all these wonderful, moving, beautiful, and identical tales.

Anything come to mind?


Can you name this story?

SF Tidbits for 12/30/10

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Doctor Who Recap: ‘A Christmas Carol’

Show: Doctor Who

Episode Title: A Christmas carol

Air Date: December 25th, 2010

Network: BBC America

It’s up to the Doctor to save Rory, Amy and four thousand other souls in this extremely clever story based on Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol”.

Warning: Spoilers ahead…

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As I’m compiling my end-of-the-year post, it occurs to me that there we a lot of really enjoyable books published this year. And next year is shaping up to be equally full of good reads.

So a quickie question in the slow week before 2011: What SF/F/H Books Are You Looking Forward to in the New Year?

SF Tidbits for 12/29/10

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REVIEW: Interzone #231

MY RATING:

If there could ever be an anomaly among the varied selection of stories in any given science fiction magazine where every story is above average, then issue #231 of Interzone is it. Each and every story in this issue is full of wondrous ideas that are tightly wrapped up in stories that are thought-provoking and/or contemplative. And every one of them is quite good – better than randomness would dictate.

Chalk that up to fine editing and great fiction. In this “Jason Sanford” issue, the author offers no less than 3 excellent stories that sit comfortably aside other worthy offerings from Matthew Cook and Aliette de Bodard. Although all of the stories in this issue were excellent, it was Sanford’s “Peacemaker, Peacemaker, Little Bo Peep” that stands out even more, offering a shocking premise of protected vs. protector that was immensely enjoyable.

The issue of Interzone includes its regular staple of book and film reviews, news bits, plus an illuminating interview with Jason Sanford himself. These non-fiction articles are bonus gravy for the meaty fiction in this issue, reviews of which follow the jump…

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TRAILER: Steven Spielberg’s Falling Skies

Falling Skies is the new summer series from TNT that has Steven Spielberg as its executive producer (which could mean anything, but in this mostly, probably for name appeal). Falling Skies, as the name sort of implies, is the story of an alien invasion of Earth. From the official site:

Falling Skies opens in the chaotic aftermath of an alien attack that has left most of the world completely incapacitated. In the six months since the initial invasion, the few survivors have banded together outside major cities to begin the difficult task of fighting back. Each day is a test of survival as citizen soldiers work to protect the people in their care while also engaging in an insurgency campaign against the occupying alien force.

I like a good alien invasion story as much as the next person. Footfall is one of my favorites and wouldn’t that make a great mini series (hello Orion starship!)? Falling Skies is much closer to Footfall, and thus more interesting to me, than the other alien invasion show currently on TV. I’m talking about the dull, limp and lifeless V.

Apparently the trailer for Falling Skies was making the rounds at move theaters over the Christmas break. I didn’t see it when we went to see Tron, but thanks to the magic of the Internet, we can bring it you:

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SF Tidbits for 12/28/10

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Daily Science Fiction Roster of Stories for January 2011

Daily Science Fiction has announced its January 2011 line-up of stories:

  • 1/3/11: “Wrath of the Porcelain Gods” by Nicky Drayden
  • 1/4/11: “Rx” by Jacquelyn Bartel
  • 1/5/11: “A is for Arthur” by Tim Pratt, Jenn Reese, Heather Shaw, & Greg van Eekhout
  • 1/6/11: “Waiting for Raymond” by Eric James Stone
  • 1/7/11: “Bit Storm” by Lancer Kind
  • 1/10/11: “The Junk Artist” by Lavie Tidhar
  • 1/11/11: “Bit by Bit” by Karina Fabian
  • 1/12/11: “B is for Banyan Tree” by Tim Pratt, Jenn Reese, Heather Shaw, & Greg van Eekhout
  • 1/13/11: “Late Homework” by James Van Pelt
  • 1/14/11: “A Song Never Tasted” by Barbara A. Barnett
  • 1/17/11: “The Voynich Variations” by Edoardo Albert
  • 1/18/11: “Family Photo” by Elena Gleason
  • 1/19/11: “C is for Crate” by Tim Pratt, Jenn Reese, Heather Shaw, & Greg van Eekhout
  • 1/20/11: “Automatic Selection” by Victoria Podmajersky
  • 1/21/11: “Standing Next to Heaven” by Terra LeMay
  • 1/24/11: “Not with a Bang” by Michelle Ann King
  • 1/25/11: “The Navigator” by Christian Roberts
  • 1/26/11: “D is for De Gustibus” by Tim Pratt, Jenn Reese, Heather Shaw, & Greg van Eekhout
  • 1/27/11: “…And a Bottle of Rum” by Melissa Mead
  • 1/28/11: “On Paper Wings” by Vicky Chen
  • 1/31/11: “Jade Dragon” by Shelly Li

Books Received: December 27, 2010

In the interest of full disclosure, here are the items we received this week.

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SF Tidbits for 12/27/10

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  • @CG Gallery: “Hope” by wuwei.

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Free Fiction for 12/26/10

Here’s an amusing spoof of the 1986 fantasy film Labyrinth starring Amanda Palmer (as the Jennifer Connelly’s Sarah character), Neil Gaiman (as David Bowie’s Jareth), and a sock puppet.

[via io9]

Mashup: Home Alone/I Am Legend

I think this speaks for itself.

[via Topless Robot]

VIDEO: Superman vs. Santa

Superman and Santa race around the world to see who’s fastest.

[via Triplanetary]

VIDEO: Tron Holiday Special

[via Chris Roberson]

A couple of weeks ago I ran across this list of gifts for bookworms. In it are the usual ebook readers and accessories but one thing caught my attention: the $500 pair of Sennheiser headphones. Firstly, $500? I’m assuming most people don’t have the extra cash to drop on this pair, especially considering most people can’t really tell the difference between an expensive set of headphones and cheaper sets. Secondly, I don’t listen to music, or anything else, while reading. There was a time back in the day when I could read, or do homework, while the radio or the TV was on in the background but those days are long gone. Today I find I can’t concentrate with anything on in the background. Music, especially with words, is very distracting and podcasts are right out, as is TV.

I’m guessing I’m in the minority here as the idea of headphones as a gift for readers clearly warranted an entry in the list. So I’m asking all of you, do you listen to music while reading? If so, what kind do you listen to?

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