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Why Isn’t Luke Skywalker on the Star Wars The Force Awakens Official Poster? October 18, 2015

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In perhaps the biggest snub of the new Disney era – the official poster for Star Wars The Force Awakens omits Luke Skywalker.

Is this some kind of Sith plot? why on the Maker’s Soul would Disney ever do such a terrible dis-service to Mark Hamill/Luke Skywalker?? WHY DISNEY?



#MinorityReport Shows ObamaBucks! October 18, 2015

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Ok Minority Report isn’t progressing quite as well as we might have hoped, but for now we’re still enjoying the SciFi / future forecasting bits. Last week’s episode had a real great one too with the $500 Obama US Bill.


Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens Smuggler’s Run: A Han Solo Adventure – Good Clean ..err Scruffy ..FUN September 28, 2015

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NO THIS is not an epic piece of fiction but it’s brilliant fun.
Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens Smuggler’s Run: A Han Solo Adventure (Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: the Force Awakens) is a really great slice/incident/story in the post Episode IV era where we see a Solo in his prime.

Not quite done being the smuggler and not quite the hero – yet – but on his way.

The way the story is told as a flashback in a bar – is a wonderful narrative tool too.

YES we know this is a middle-school book / but make no mistake about it this is a book that any Star Wars fan will enjoy (at any age).

#MinorityReport Precogs Playing Chess ? S1E2 September 28, 2015

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Minority ReportOk so we liked the first episode of Minority Report enough to watch the second episode. Another beautiful looking show, with lots of high-tech wizardry…this time out we noticed a touch screen projection player on a baby stroller (neat!) and a few other small things…including the bracelet from the singles club that does the saliva test to match potential mates.

The plot thickens a bit here ..and we see at the end that Amanda sees Vega putting the precogs back in the milk bath…

So long story short, a good outing and we’ll be back to watch episode three next week!

#MinorityReport is the BEST New SciFi Show – and Toronto LOOKS Fantastic (and Futuristic!) September 21, 2015

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Minority ReportWOW! We really enjoyed watching the new Fox Minority Report show.

Set ten years after the end of the event in the movie (based on a Philip K Dick story), the precogs ..the individuals that could see crime in the future are .. individuals.

They have been set free, and are living among us. It’s an interesting sequel and continuation of the original story where the precogs aren’t seen as individuals.

Now in addition to the ‘minority report’ that is the dissension of one of the precogs about if a crime will actually occur / we have personality differences and conflicts across the three pre-cogs.

Then there is the tech…futuristic in the Tom Cruise movie and still futuristic in this show.

And of course there is Toronto.

Toronto City Hall makes an appearance as does the Royal Conservatory of Music, Brookfield Place and even Roy Thompson Hall. To Toronto fans, it’s a joy and delight to see the futuristic city.

Let’s hope that FOX doesn’t pull the plug pre-maturely on the pre-cogs. But then again this is the Netflix era. If FOX does bail (as it has in the past with Firefly and even the Sarah Connor Chronicles), we don’t doubt it could find a home elsewhere. This is great story telling and we’re looking forward to the future of this show. (thought he precogs already know what that future is!)

Star Wars Aftermath – journey to the force awakens : Short Review: This Isn’t the Book You’ve Been Waiting For September 14, 2015

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FINALLY the first novel of the new Star Wars Canon in the ‘Journey to The Force Awakens’ era… YES!! we were really excited to get our hands on Aftermath: Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakensand had pre-ordered as soon as it showed up on Amazon.

While this is an interesting read, it’s far from the calibre of Star Wars books that we’re used to ..

This took a meandering path, with more disconnected plotlines than we could track.

Sure the Empire is on the run after Endor and this book summarizes that and give multiple view into that ‘aftermath’

This book does not however have any measure of well conceived, properly constructed plot for the primary story, that of a backwater planet episode overcoming the final shackles of Empire. It’s the pulpiest type of fan fiction quality and to be frank we wanted more. More color, more depth more of the goodness we have come to expect from the expanded Star Wars Universe.

The predictable oh he’s dead, nope he’s not, he escaped (or she – as is the case with the pilot Nora) was annoying to say the least.

Not to say this is a *bad* book and it’s certainly not the worst Star Wars book we’ve even read in recent years, it’s just that with the new movie, we want MORE.

Star Wars #1 : The Force Returns to Marvel, but we Sure Wish it had Stayed at Dark Horse January 19, 2015

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At long last Star Wars has returned to Marvel as we knew it would when Disney bought Dark Horse.
Here at ShowMeSciFi, We’re not particularly thrilled by the move, after all the years we diligently collected Dark Horse and learned its canon. Now that’s all gone.
Instead we have this sh*t.
Characters that don’t quite look right (yet), and simple Han Solo tale where somehow he isn’t shot onsite when landing on an Imperial outpost on a Correlian moon, and Leia still hasn’t (officially) fallen in love with him/ maried him and Jacen, Jania and Anakin etc etc.
So we’re at step 1.

Let’s hope step 2 pick up that pace, improves the artwork and the story too, otherwise Marvel second kick at the Star Wars Universe, won’t be any more successful than the first time around

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Missing – aka Dr Pulaski and Dr Crusher Hug it out.. December 26, 2014

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Missing is another piece of the post-Fall puzzle – and a highly enjoyable piece at that.

This is the post-Fall new DS9 -yup the same era as the Quark eNovella we recently reviewed – but this is a more serious book.

DS9 is still getting its footing back, but this story isn’t about the station as much as it is about Dr. Crusher – who in this book is the Chief Medical Officer (after Bashir left / now with Section 31) – all part of the ruse Beverley created along with Jean-Luc in the Fall.

Crusher meets up with Dr. Pulaski (CMO of Enterprise in Season 2) and that’s a key theme in the story – so too is the return of Odo – and oh yeah – more insight into the secretive Tzenkthi.

Overall – The Missing is a FANTASTIC book and one that we consumed in less than a day , because it was such a great page turning story.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Lust’s Latinum Lost (and Found) – AKA Quark’s Porn Holo Fantasy December 26, 2014

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Lust’s Latinum Lost (and Found) isn’t a typical Star Trek story – this is the first we’ve ever read that focuses just on Quark – and it’s the real deal. The Laws of Acquisition are oft quoted, the pursuit of Latinum a primary goal.

This would have made a fantastic teleplay live episode – it’s that good, funny, humorous and engaging throughout.

Quark is just trying to make a buck (or a bar or two of Latinum) in the new DS9 / post Fall era and the way he’s going to do is via an erotic (semi) holosuite program with a Vulcan.

Yeah – a Vulcan those non-emotional pointy eared…..(except for Pon Far time!)

Star Trek: Department of Temporal Investigations – The Collectors – a eNovella worth the $$ December 26, 2014

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Star Trek: Department of Temporal Investigations – The Collectors by Christopher Bennett is a really solid Trek story.

DTI favorite pair of time traveling investigators find themselves 20 million years in the future and with not one / but two Jenna Noi’s in tow.

Yeah it’s good.

A short, but fun time traveling romp and well with the time and $$.

Star Trek: Section 31: Disavowed – WOW What a GREAT Story December 26, 2014

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Star Trek: Section 31: Disavowed isn’t a good book, it’s a GREAT Star Trek book. From the first page to the last, this is a well thought out story, with alternate timeline, mirror universe, section 31 and Bashir (after the Fall).

We had no idea going in what we were getting into, simply put, we haven’t read much Section 31, but the whole Star Trek universe in the post-Fall era has left us hungry for as much Trek as we can find.

This book continues the post Fall story, Breen/Typhon Pact types still trying to get the upper hand/ Section 31 trying to help (?) The Federation and of course, our hero Bashir to pull it all together.

The real joy in this book though is the wonderful timeline storyline which all gets pulled together in the end – no spoilers here  – this book has an amazing finish.

#Firestorm Lights Up The Flash – and Save the Day. Dr. Well is an Evil SOB December 9, 2014

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Ronnie is Firestorm and he doesn’t just light on fire, he flies too .. what an amazing episode.

Now it’s clear that Dr Wells is the ‘other’ Flash and was responsible for Barry’s mother’s death too.

Star Wars The Force Awakens : The Sith Hilted Lightsaber November 28, 2014

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Star Wars the Force Awakens

Star Wars the Force Awakens

Remember the very first trailer for Star Wars Episode I?

Back then we remember being amazed by the new double-bladed saber that Darth Maul had. Who knew you could have a double-bladed saber?

Well here we are more than a decade later and the first new trailer for the relaunch of Star Wars once again has a new lightsaber.

This time, it’s not a double-side blade, but rather what we’re going to call the ‘Sith Hilt’ ; not sure if this weapon can be more (or less) effective in battle; but it sure does look cool.

And what of the Sith that wields this blade?  we know nothing…yet

Sith Hilt Lightsaber

Sith Hilt Lightsaber

Star Wars The Force Awakens Trailer – What We Want to See November 27, 2014

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The first teaser trailer for Star Wars VII The Force Awakens will be out on Friday Nov 28, 2014.

It will be 88 seconds long.

Here’s what we want to see in those 88 seconds.

1) Luke Skywalker with a lightsaber

2) Han Solo flying the Millenium Falcon

3) Sith Lightning


Star Wars Episode VII Cast Revealed. Han, Leah, Luke ALL Return! April 29, 2014

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We have long suspected that the classic Star Wars cast would return for Star Wars Episode VII.

Now know that to be a fact.

Disney today announced that the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker will be back for Episode VII. They will be joined by  John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson and Max von Sydow.

“We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again,” Director J.J. Abrams said in a statement. “We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud.”

Oh and they posted a picture to prove it too:

Star Wars Episode VII Cast

Star Wars Episode VII Cast

Star Trek: The Fall – Another Masterful series extends the Star Trek Canon January 19, 2014

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We’ve never been fans of the new rebooted Trek franchise, which is why the Star Trek book that live on in the ‘legacy’ universe are so very much appreciated by us.

The lastest big Star Trek ‘event’ series , known as The Fall – once again re-affirms our faith in all that is good about Star Trek and Star Trek books. This isn’t a big scifi exploration or thought adventure, but rather a scifi policitical drama with more twist, turns, drama that we can count.

Political intrigue, action galore – each book in the series building on the next, each extending the story in new and meaningful ways and each enjoyable in it own right.

Star Wars: Crucible – the Worst Star Wars book of 2013? January 1, 2014

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Troy Denning has written a bunch of really solid Star Wars books in his career, Crucible is not one of them. This book is easily the worst Star Wars book we read all 2013 (finished NYE), with little direction, point, plot or real energy.

The writing is poor and clealry is rushed and uneditted to the point where we were skipping over entire paragraphs of garbarge that felt like they were there just to meet some arbitrary word count. Sure it’s neat to see Vestara Khai again, though her role here is a bit muted and our regular cast of character, Han, Luke, Leia are all now apparently going to take a break of some sort….

Though given that Luke was on hiatus from the Jedi Order and Coruscant for much of the Fate of the Jedi series, he’s ‘away’ more often then not.

Overall, a waste of time.

Gallifrey Falls No More. Tom Baker returns to Doctor Who November 24, 2013

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The day of the doctor..the 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who was one for the ages. Ever since Doctor Who came back on air 7 years ago we have all wondered about the true fate of Gallifrey…and sure we had that episode where Timothy Dalton comes in as the President of Gallifrey which is time locked..but lets forget that for a moment.
This new moment Gallifrey Lives.
And for the first time in more than 25 years we have seen the great Tom Baker return in a Doctor Who episode.

2013 Hugo Award Winners Announced September 3, 2013

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hugo-award-2013BEST NOVEL

Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas, John Scalzi (Tor)


The Emperor’s Soul, Brandon Sanderson (Tachyon Publications)


“The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi”, Pat Cadigan (Edge of Infinity, Solaris)


“Mono no Aware”, Ken Liu (The Future is Japanese, VIZ Media LLC)


Writing Excuses Season Seven, Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler and Jordan Sanderson


Saga, Volume One, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)


The Avengers, Screenplay & Directed by Joss Whedon (Marvel Studios, Disney, Paramount)


em>Game of Thrones, “Blackwater”, Written by George R.R. Martin, Directed by Neil Marshall. Created by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (HBO)


Stanley Schmidt


Patrick Nielsen Hayden


John Picacio


Clarkesworld, edited by Neil Clarke, Jason Heller, Sean Wallace and Kate Baker


SF Signal, edited by John DeNardo, JP Frantz, and Patrick Hester


SF Squeecast, Elizabeth Bear, Paul Cornell, Seanan McGuire, Lynne M. Thomas, Catherynne M. Valente (Presenters) and David McHone-Chase (Technical Producer)


Tansy Rayner Roberts


Galen Dara


Award for the best new professional science fiction or fantasy writer of 2011 or 2012, sponsored by Dell Magazines (not a Hugo Award).

Mur Lafferty

Star Wars Dawn of the Jedi : Into the Void – REVIEW – Good Fun/Suck A$$ ending September 3, 2013

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We’ve been touch/go fans of the Dawn of the Jedi series since it first debuted as a Dark Horse comic book series.

Into the Void is no comic.

The depth of character and setting development here is extra-ordinary and this is a brilliantly craft tale that doesn’t fit the typical Star Wars novel mold. Yes there are concurrent sets of plots as always, but we get the present and then a past flashback that helps to inform what is going on in the present. It’s a good fit.

What isn’t just a good fit is how this sunovabeeeatch ends. AFter engaging us page after page after page, the ending of this book leaves a lot to be desired. The conclusion is no conclusion and is just a – ok he’s dead move along ending.

This is a story about a brother and a sister, one embracing the force one that rejects it – it’s good fun until the final chapter, which leaves a bitter aftertaste.