Karen Sandler Karen Sandler is the genre-conflicted author of romance, mystery, and science fiction novels. AWAKENING, the follow-on to TANKBORN in her Tankborn trilogy, was recently released. The series will conclude with REVOLUTION in Spring 2014. Besides copious amounts of dark chocolate, Karen loves horseback riding and folk dancing.

How Software Engineering Helped Me Be a Better Writer

by Karen Sandler

I’m one of those authors who wanted to be a writer from a very young age. The light bulb came on in 4th grade when I wrote a four-line poem about a pony named Tony. I’m not sure what clicked in my feverishly imaginative nine-year-old brain that made being a writer the brass ring to reach for, but it was set in stone from that point on.
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REVIEW: Revolution (“Pilot”)

MY RATING:

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: A mysterious event knocks out the planet’s technology: no more cars, electricity or conventional society. Fifteen years after the blackout, a small band of adventurers venture out of their home community after a death at the hands of the local militia.

MY REVIEW:
PROS: A show with plenty of potential and room for growth.
CONS: Bland characters leave this pilot with room for improvement.

NBC’s latest speculative fiction outing aired last night, Eric Kripke’s Revolution, produced by J.J. Abrams, and with a ridiculous sounding plot: a global catastrophe knocks out the world’s technology – mostly. Cars shut down, the lights go out, and planes fall out of the sky. Fifteen years later, the society and government of 2012 has collapsed, with much of the population moving out of the cities and into rural America, where regional warlords have taken over. When militia soldiers kill Ben Matheson and capture his son, Danny, his daughter Charlie Matheson travels to the ruins of Chicago along with Ben’s girlfriend Maggie and friend Aaron, to find her uncle, who might know the key to the blackout.

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NBC’s Revolution premieres Monday September 17th, but you can watch a full-length preview of the premiere episode, right here, right now. For those who don’t know what the show is about, here is how NBC describes it:

What would you do without it all? In this epic adventure from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions and “Supernatural’s” Eric Kripke, a family struggles to reunite in an American landscape where every single piece of technology – computers, planes, cars, phones, even lights – has mysteriously blacked out forever. A drama with sweeping scope and intimate focus, “Revolution” is also about family – both the family you’re born into and the family you choose. This is a swashbuckling journey of hope and rebirth seen through the eyes of one strong-willed young woman, Charlie Matheson (Tracy Spiridakos, “Being Human”), and her brother Danny (Graham Rogers, “Memphis Beat”). When Danny is kidnapped by militia leaders for a darker purpose, Charlie must reconnect with her estranged uncle Miles (Billy Burke, “The Twilight Saga”), a former U.S. Marine living a reclusive life. Together, with a rogue band of survivors, they set out to rescue Danny, overthrow the militia and ultimately re-establish the United States of America. All the while, they explore the enduring mystery of why the power failed, and if – or how – it will ever return.

Here’s the pilot, directed by Jon Favreau.
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Last night, NBC premiered an extended preview of J.J. Abrams’ new post-apocalyptic series premiering this Fall. Revolution is set in a near-future world 15 years after the world loses power.

Check it out after the jump and tell us what you think…
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Trailer: Revolution

It seems that J.J. Abrams is out to rule the SF TV universe. With Alcatraz down and out and Fringe with 13 episodes left, that leaves Person of Interest as the only Abrams show (or show he works on) that may have a future. Well not so fast! NBC has picked up yet another Abrams TV show, to air this fall, called Revolution. What’s it about? The post-apocalypse!

Our entire way of life depends on electricity. So what would happen if it just stopped working? Well, one day, like a switch turned off, the world is suddenly thrust back into the dark ages. Planes fall from the sky, hospitals shut down and communication is impossible. And without any modern technology, who can tell us why? Now, 15 years later, life is back to what it once was long before the industrial revolution: families living in quiet cul-de-sacs, and when the sun goes down, lanterns and candles are lit. Life is slower and sweeter. Or is it? On the fringes of small farming communities, danger lurks. And a young woman’s life is dramatically changed when a local militia arrives and kills her father, who mysteriously –- and unbeknownst to her -– had something to do with the blackout. This brutal encounter sets her and two unlikely companions off on a daring coming-of-age journey to find answers about the past in the hopes of reclaiming the future.

Well okay then! Have a look at the trailer:
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