Friday, December 26, 2008

retroredux's 42

Items are reviewed on my blog click titles for reviews.

1.Book-Urban Shaman by C. E. Murphy
2.Beowulf DVD (animated starring voice talent: Angelina Jolie, Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins-really very good, the artwork was astounding, very violent, not for little kids but my 12 YO had no problem with it-4 stars)

3. 3.Book-Golden Fleece by Robert Sawyer-DONE-2 stars.

4.Book-Those Who Hunt The Night by Barbara Hambly-DONE-5 stars.

5. 5. The Spirit DVD-starring Samuel L. Jackson and Eva Mendes-sorry to say but this was horrible! Sin City was bad, but this film made Sin City look like Shakesphere. Someone needs to stop letting Frank Miller write Dialog as he has ZERO talent for it. So glad I rented it for a buck ZERO stars.
6.Star Trek TNG "The Lost"-another overarching bratty Deanna Troi story: 2.5 stars
7.Star Trek TNG "Data's Day"-one of my favorites, gotta love Data and O'Brien's Wedding, and I believe the first appearance of Spot?-5 stars.
8. Star Trek TNG "The Wounded"-1st Cardassian's! Great story-5 stars
9.Star Trek TNG "The Devil's Due"-another fantastic story-a classic!-5 stars
10. Book: All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris

11.(Movie) Wolverine: Origins-starring Hugh Jackman-this "Old School" comic fan was very pleased with the movie. Lot's of action, Jackman obviously studied up on Wolvie mannerisms and character as he did a great job, and Liev Schribers Sabretooth was A+ as well-5 stars!
12. (Movie) Star Trek-starring Chris Pine and Zachery Quinto-I loved it, my husband not so much as the time travel aspect made him feel that the "altered universe" basically "wipes out" all previous Trek storylines. I disagree, though. All in all, I felt the cast was great and I'm looking forward to the next film. 5 stars!

13.Book: From Dead To Worse by Charlaine Harris
14. Book: Dead And Gone by Charlaine Harris
15.Star Trek TNG "Clues"-interesting story of the crews encounter with a highly xenophobic world and the drastic choice one crewmember must make to save the crew's lives-3.5 stars

16.Star Trek TNG "First Contact"-fantastic story of how the federation secretly goes undercover on a burgeoning world on the brink of space travel to "feel out" if they are ready for "first contact" with the federation-a classic Next Gen story-5 stars.

17.Star Trek TNG "Galaxy's Child-Geordi's fateful second meeting with his holo crush Dr Leah. Sparks fly as Geordi meets his crush in "the flesh". Very good and painful to watch for poor Geordi's sake:) 4 stars.

18.Star Trek TNG- "Night Terrors"-almost feels like a Halloween or "horror" episode. OK-definately not a favorite-2.5 stars.

19.Star Trek TNG-"Identity Crisis"-great Geordi storyline! 5 stars.

20.Star Trek TNG- "The Nth Degree"-BARCLAY! Enough said-5 stars.

21.Star Trek TNG-"Qpid"-a classic! Q, Vash, and the crew as Robin Hood and his merry men? What more could you want? LOL 5 stars.

22.Star Trek TNG- "The Drumhead"-another classic! Season 4 is the best. Jean Simmons is brilliant in her portrayal as Admiral Satie! 5 stars

23.Star Trek TNG "Half A Life"-Probably one of my top five TNG episodes! I always cry with this one-5 stars!

24.Star Trek TNG-"The Host"-a goody but Crusher and Riker kissing dis freak me out a bit. An interesting prespective on what "love" means-is it the physical or mental that we are most attached to? 4 stars.

25.Star Trek TNG-"The Mind's Eye"- another great Geordi storyline (which I don't think we see that much more of in following seasons)-the premise of brainwashing through his visor is intriguing-4 stars.

26.Star Trek TNG- "In Theory"-another of my favorites-great "Data in love" story. 5 stars.

27.Star Trek TNG-"Redemption, part I"-pivotal Worf story! 5 stars
28.Star Trek TNG- "Redemption, part II"- Season FIVE: loved getting Worf back on the Enterprise and of course Selah, Tasha's daughter! 5 stars.

29.Star Trek TNG- "Darmok"-love Paul Winfield but this is one of my least favorite episodes. 3 stars.
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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Plague Year by Jeff Carlson


Plague Year by Jeff Carlson

Post- apocalyptic sci-fi thriller.
After an outbreak of a nanotechnology 'plague', originally intended for medical use, most of the population has been wiped out.
Those who survive are lucky - they have managed to reach the safety of an altitude of 10,000 feet above sea level where the atmospheric pressure below 70% , the pressure at which the nanobots are unable to function.
Above the earth astronauts aboard the International Space Station are trying to find a way to destroy the nanobots loose on the surface, unaware that their fate, and the fate of the rest of humanity, depends on one man barely alive in a group of survivors stranded on a mountain in Colorado.

An interesting novel. Harrowing and heart-felt at times.

# 25 on my list

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Part of series: N
Year: 1978
Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Francois Truffaut, Melinda Dillon
My Rating Excellent
Classic sci-fi film. As good now as when released.
Watch it!

# 24 on my list

Galaxy Quest

Title: Galaxy Quest
Part of a series?
Y/N? N
Year: 1999
Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tim Allen
My rating: Good sci-fi comedy!
Synopsis:
Eighteen years after their sci-fi adventure show "Galaxy Quest" was canceled, actors Jason Nesmith, Gwen DeMarco, Alexander Dane, Tommy Webber, and Fred Kwan are making appearances at sci-fi conventions and store openings as their characters.
They hate this endless cycle and long for 'real' acting roles.
Then real aliens arrive asking for their help, having mistaken the show for real. Wisked off to the Thermians ship, the actors find themselves acting out their roles in real life!
Funny, funny, funny!

# 23 on my list

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Starship Troopers 2


Title: Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation
Part of a series? Y/N?
Y - second
Year: 2004
Starring: Coleen Porch, Brenda Strong, Richard Burgi
My rating: OK
Synopsis:
Sequel to Paul Verhoeven's cult sci-fi hit Starship Troopers, this film sees the mobile infantry unit of the Federation isolated light years away from reinforcements.
Holed up in a base tower, surrounded by bugs, they must seek the help of a Federation prisoner if they are to have any hope of saving themselves and the human race.
But all the troops are not as they seem....

Preferred this to the first film.
Fun, action packed, horror sci-fi. B list but good!

# 22 on my (revised) list

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Autumn by David Moody

Name:Autumn

Author:David Moody

Publisher: Infected Books

Pages: 283

Part of a series? Y/N? There are three more - Autumn: The City, Autumn: Purification, Autumn: The Human Condition

My rating: OK

Synopsis: - From the inside flap -
'In less than twenty-four hours a vicious and virulent disease destroys virtually all of the population. Billions are killed. Thousands die every second.There are no symptoms and no warnings. Within moments of infection each victim suffers a violent and agonizing death. Only a handful of survivors remain. By the end of the first day those survivors wish they were dead.Then the disease strikes again, and all hell breaks loose... '


Why I would or would not recommend it:
A quick read ...an OK post-apocalyptic / speculative fiction novel
There are several books after this one, and I imagine you would probably have to read them all to get a decent story. This just seems like a pre-amble.
Not the greatest of books but I'll have to read the rest of the series now to see what happens, so there must be something I liked about it.

My # 21 for this challenge

( I have still to post reviews of: 8. Sunshine (film) 20/9/089; The Forgotten (flm) 22/9/0810; Contact (film) 26/9/0811:. Timecop (film) 25/10/08; 12. Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars (film) 26/10/08; 13. Doom (film) 31/10/08; 14. Doomsday (film) 1/11/08; 15. Iron Man (film) 4/11/08; 16. Stargate: The Ark of Truth (film) 11/11/08; 17: Stargate: continum (film) 11/11/08; 18: The Man from Earth (film) 11/11/08; 19. Mutant Chronicles [2008] (film) 20/11/08; 20. The Cronicles of Riddick (film) 28/11/08)

Friday, November 21, 2008

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Saturday, November 8, 2008

The Declaration
Gemma Malley
301 pages; published 2007

… journals and writing were forbidden at Grange Hall. Surpluses were not there to read and write; they were there to learn and work, Mrs Pincent told them regularly. She said that things would be much easier if they didn’t have to teach them to read and write in the first place, because reading and writing were a dangerous business; they made you think, and Surpluses who thought too much were useless and difficult. (16)

Science has made the leap to curing heart disease, it has cured aids, it has cured cancer. And now it has cured death. With the invention of a new drug called ‘Longevity’ people can literally life forever.


With such drastic advancements, however, come equally drastic restrictions. With no people leaving the planet, there is no room for any new ones and so the Declaration is formed: a legal document that outlaws the birth of any child from parents taking Longevity. Any such child is an illegal “surplus”, a drain on the planets resources, thieving of a life they were not allotted.


Anna is one such surplus. A prefect at Grange Hall, part orphanage-part drilling facility, Anna is everything a surplus should be: she works hard, accepts any and all punishment (no matter how harsh), hates her criminal parents, and desires above all else to be a Valuable Asset. All she wants to do is prove useful, to remove some small degree of the shame and sin her parents had lumped her with. She “Knows Her Place.”


When the Catchers apprehend Peter, a sixteen year old surplus, and deliver him to Grange Hall, Anna’s orderly life meets an unexpected turn. Illegals aren’t normally caught so late in life and Peter has known too much of freedom to give it up so willingly.


But there are other things Peter knows, too. Like that Anna’s parents never wanted to give her up. That her name isn’t “Surplus Anna” but Anna Covey. And, most dangerous of all, that there’s a way to escape from Grange Hall…

The Declaration, Malley’s first novel (her second, The Resistance, a sequel to Declaration was published in September) was an intriguing read, questioning life and who has the right to it. Anna’s voice, so heavily indoctrinated in the dogma of this dystopian society, so believing of her own worthlessness was painfully touching in parts. An interesting exploration of a world in which the rights to a child, not to mention of the child, are virtually non-existent. Definitely recommended. 4.5/5

Friday, November 7, 2008

Elizabeth's 42

1 - I,robot by Howard S. Smith
2 -Zoe's Tale by John Scalzi
3 - Foundation by Isaac Asimov
4 -Til Human Voices Wake Us by Mark Budz
5 - All the Windwracked Stars by Elizabeth Bear
6 - In Her Name by Michael R. Hicks
7 - The Host by Stephenie Meyer
8 - Big Big Sky by Kristyn Dunnion
9 - Battlestar Galactica, Season 4, Episode 11 - "Sometimes a Great Notion"
10 - Battlestar Galactica, Season 4, Episode 12 - "A Disquiet Follows My Soul"
11 - Battlestar Galactica, Season 4, Episode 13 - "The Oath"
12 - Battlestar Galactica, Season 4, Episode 14 - "Blood on the Scales"
13 - Battlestar Galactica, Season 4, Episode 15 - "No Exit"
14 - Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
15 - Battlestar Galactica, Season 4, Episode 16 - "Deadlock"
16 - Battlestar Galactica, Season 4, Episode 17 - "Someone to Watch Over Me"
17 - Battlestar Galactica, Season 4, Episode 18 - "Islanded in a Stream of Stars"
18 - Battlestar Galactica, Season 4, Episode 19 - "Daybreak", part 1
19 - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
20 - Battlestar Galactica, Season 4, Episode 20 - "Daybreak", part 2
21 - In the Forests of the Night by Jay Lake
22 - Caprica
23 - StochastiCity by Tobias Buckell
24 - Steal Across the Sky by Nancy Kress
25 - The Red in the Sky is Our Blood by Elizabeth Bear
26 - Utere Nihil Non Extra Quiritationem Suis by John Scalzi
27 - To Hie from Far Cilenia by Karl Schroeder
28 - Repo: The Genetic Opera
29 - The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon
30 - Somewhere in Time by Richard Matheson
31 - Exodus by Julie Bertangna
32 - Wake by Lisa McMann
33 - Fade by Lisa Mcmann
34 - Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
35 - Watchmen
36 -Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
37 - Palimpsest by Catherynne Valente
38 - Knowing
39 - Push
40 - Race to Witch Mountain
41 - Things We Didn't See Coming by Steven Amsterdam
42 -Battlestar Galactica - The Plan

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Becky's 42 Completed

Becky

1) The Host by Stephenie Meyer
2) Neptune's Children by Bonnie Dobkin
3) The After Hours (Twilight Zone graphic novel, releases October 08)
4) Walking Distance (Twilight Zone graphic novel, releases October 08)
5) Unending, series finale to Stargate SG-1
6) Children of the God, series premiere of Stargate SG-1
7)The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson
8) The Enemy Within (Stargate SG-1, Season 1, disc 1)
9) Emancipation (Stargate SG-1, Season 1, disc 1)
10) Broca Divide (Stargate SG-1, Season 1, disc 2)
12) In Her Name by Michael R. Hicks
13) Ender in Exile by Orson Scott Card
14) Xenocide by Orson Scott Card
15) Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
16)The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers
17)Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve
18)Predator's Gold by Philip Reeve
19)Infernal Devices by Philip Reeve
22) Further thoughts on season one episodes of Stargate SG-1. (Cor-ai, Solitudes, There But for The Grace of God, Within the Serpent's Grasp, etc.)
24) Serpent's Song--Season 2 stargate SG-1
25) Mothstorm by Philip Reeve
26) Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
27) Marsbound by Joe Haldeman
29) "The Beautiful People" by Charles Beaumont and "Number Twelve Looks Just Like You" Twilight Zone episode: one, two, three.
30) The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
31) Season Two of Star Trek Next Generation
32) Season Three of Star Trek Next Generation
33) Old Man's War by John Scalzi
34) Feed by M.T. Anderson
35) Season Four of Star Trek Next Generation
36) War of the Worlds (1953 movie adaptation)
37) To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
38) Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi
39) The Last Colony by John Scalzi
40) Star Trek: The Motion Picture
41) Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan
42) Star Trek: The Search for Spock

Friday, October 31, 2008

Ender's Game
Orson Scott Card
226 pages; published 1977

"I am your enemy, the first one you've ever had who was smarter than you. There is no teacher but the enemy. No one but the enemy will tell you what the enemy is going to do. No one but the enemy will ever teach you how to destroy and conquer. Only the enemy tells you where he is strong. And the rules of the game are what you can do to him and what you can stop him from doing to you. I am your enemy from now on. From now on I am your teacher."

After two invasion strikes from an insectoid alien race, the "Buggers", Earth's reluctantly allied nations and militaries are fearful of the next, and likely final, strike to come. Their best chance of success, they feel, is in the training of a whole generation of amazingly gifted children.

And so it is that, at the age of six, Andrew "Ender" Wiggins is removed from his home (his parents signing him over to the government) and taken to Earth's orbitting Battle School, never to step foot on Earth again until the age of sixteen. Unlike the rest of his extraordinarily peers, however, Ender has caught the eyes of those in charge. He's not just another would-be soldier; in Ender is the potential for so much more. The potential to plan, the potential to lead ... the potential to win.

Ender's days at the Battle School are filled with trial after trial, each worse than the one before as the ones in control hack away at his childhood, sculpting him into the war commander they need him to be. The war commander they need to save Earth. 4/5

Monday, October 20, 2008

Iron Man

Name: Iron Man
Length:  126 minutes
Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow

Part of a series? No
My rating: 8/10
Why I would or would not recommend it: Another comic book character makes the big screen. It's a very slick Hollywood action sci-fi film, the effects are great, the armoured suit looks plausible and as always, Stan Lee makes a cameo appearance. I loved the humour added by the computers and robots (believe it or not) and I think that Robert Downey Jr was a good choice for the part. He played the sarcastic lothario well, we initially don't feel much for the character, but we gradually learn that he does have a heart. Unfortunately Stan Lee doesn't usually create any decent female characters and Pepper, played by Gwynth Paltrow was always destined to be another shallow female supporting character to the main male role. I think the way that the narrative flicked back and forth initially was a nice touch, and then merged to culminate in the final half of the film. It's not really designed to be thought provoking though, just a sit back and enjoy the visuals type of film, it really evoked the spirit of the comic book. Action packed, light hearted and obviously destined for a few sequels.

"Tony Stark is the complete playboy who also happens to be an engineering genius. While in Afghanistan demonstrating a new missile he's captured and wounded. His captors want him to assemble a missile for them but instead he creates an armoured suit and a means to prevent his death from the shrapnel left in his chest by the attack. He uses the armored suit to escape. Back in the U.S. he announces his company will cease making weapons and he begins work on an updated armoured suit only to find that Obadiah Stane, his second in command at Stark industries has been selling Stark weapons to the insurgents. He uses his new suit to return to Afghanistan to destroy the arms and then to stop Stane from misusing his research."

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Doomsday


Name: Doomsday
Length: 113 minutes
Starring:
Daniel Read, Rhona MitraBob HoskinsAdrian Lester, Sean Pertwee, Malcolm McDowell
Part of a series? No
My rating: 7/10
Why I would or would not recommend it: It's by the same director that made Dog Soldiers and The Descent, and is pretty much in the same vein, so if you enjoyed those films, then you'll probably like this.



Doomsday


Released: 2008


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Doomsday


Caryn Peterson, Emma Cleasby, Vernon Willemse, Daniel Read, Stephen Hughes, Ryan Kruger,





Doomsday is a post-viral disaster movie that takes much of its inspiration from Mad Max and Escape from New York. A deadly virus breaks out in Scotland and in order to contain it, the whole of Scotland is quarantined. A huge wall is built around the wall and Scotland is pretty much left to die. Twenty years later, the same virus breaks out in London, and under fears that England might suffer the same fate as Scotland, it is revealed that there are survivors in Scotland, and that a cure may have been found. A team, led by the fearless special agent Eden Sinclair is dispatched on a mission to find the cure. What they find in Scotland is a country divided by two factions, the Mad Max tattooed and pierced punk  community, and the castled medieval community.

The film is so camp and cheesy it's untrue, there are many, many holes in the plot, but it's an enjoyable watch, if you're willing to suspend disbelief for a couple of hours. I mean, if Scotland's been abandoned by the rest of the world for twenty years, how do they keep their mohawks standing up so solidly, and where would the petrol for their motorbikes come from? But that said, I love to watch films set in Britain, with my native accents, and I'm a sucker for films with Sean Pertwee in; he dies horribly in every film he's in! It's definitely a tongue in cheek film. 

Saturday, October 4, 2008

3M's List of 42 (or 142?!)

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    May 2008
  1. Battlestar Galactica, Season 4, Episode 68, "Guess What's Coming to Dinner?"
  2. Star Trek Enterprise, Season 2, Episode 42, "Future Tense"
  3. Star Trek Enterprise, Season 2, Episode 43, "Canamar "
  4. Star Trek Enterprise, Season 2, Episode 44, "The Crossing"
  5. Star Trek Enterprise, Season 2, Episode 45, "Judgment"
  6. Battlestar Galactica, Season 4, Episode 69, "Sine Qua Non"
  7. June 2008
  8. Battlestar Galactica, Season 4, Episode 70, "The Hub"
  9. Star Trek Enterprise, Season 2, Episode 46, "Horizon"
  10. Star Trek Enterprise, Season 2, Episode 47, "The Breach"
  11. Star Trek Enterprise, Season 2, Episode 48, "Congenitor"
    "Human rights" episode with morally ambiguous ending
  12. Star Trek Enterprise, Season 2, Episode 49, "Regeneration"
    You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.
    The Borg!!! They seriously scare me.
  13. Star Trek Enterprise, Season 2, Episode 50, "First Flight"
    Flashbacks to the early space program guest starring Keith Carradine.
  14. Star Trek Enterprise, Season 2, Episode 51, "Bounty"
  15. Star Trek Enterprise, Season 2, Episode 52, "The Expanse"
  16. Star Trek Enterprise, Season 3, Episode 53, "The Xindi"
  17. Star Trek Enterprise, Season 3, Episode 54, "Anomaly"
  18. Star Trek Enterprise, Season 3, Episode 55, "Extinction"
  19. Star Trek Enterprise, Season 3, Episode 56, "Rajiin"
  20. Battlestar Galactica, Season 4, Episode 71, "Revelations"
    I can't believe I have to wait until 2009 to watch the second half of the final season!
  21. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 1, Episode 12, "The Long Goodbye"
  22. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 1, Episode 21, "The Arsenal of Freedom"
  23. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 1, Episode 23, "Skin of Evil"
    Possibly the stupidest TNG ever.
  24. July 2008
  25. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 2, Episode 35, "The Measure of a Man"
  26. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 2, Episode 39, "Time Squared"
  27. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 2, Episode 42, "Q Who?"
  28. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 3, Episode 61, "Deja Q"
  29. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 3, Episode 62, "A Matter of Perspective"
  30. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 3, Episode 63, "Yesterday's Enterprise"
  31. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 3, Episode 71, "Sarek"
  32. The Fifth Element
  33. The Twilight Zone, Season 1, Episode 7, "The Lonely"
  34. The Twilight Zone, Season 2, Episode 64, "Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up"
  35. The Twilight Zone, Season 3, Episode 75, "The Midnight Sun"
  36. The Twilight Zone, Season 3, Episode 89, "To Serve Man"
  37. Stargate Atlantis, Season 5, Episode 81, "Search and Rescue"
  38. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 3, Episode 74, "The Best of Both Worlds Part 1"
    These two episodes together are perhaps the best of the entire series. Cpt. Picard and the BORG!!
  39. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 4, Episode 75, "The Best of Both Worlds Part 2"
  40. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 4, Episode 76, "Family"
  41. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 4, Episode 77, "Brothers"
  42. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 4, Episode 89, "First Contact"
  43. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 4, Episode 90, "Galaxy Child"
  44. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 4, Episode 94, "Qpid"
    I'm sorry, but Robin Hood and space drama just don't mix. Duuuuumb!
  45. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 4, Episode 100, "Redemption Part 1"
  46. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 5, Episode 101, "Redemption Part 2"
  47. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 5, Episode 102, "Darmok"
  48. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 5, Episode 105, "Disaster"
  49. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 5, Episode 107, "Unifcation Part 1"
  50. Spock!!
  51. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 5, Episode 108, "Unifcation Part 2"
  52. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 5, Episode 114, "Conundrum"
  53. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 1, Episode 15, "Progress"
  54. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 1, Episode 16, "If Wishes Were Horses"
  55. Stargate Atlantis, Season 5, Episode 82, "The Seed"
  56. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 5, Episode 118, "Cause and Effect"
  57. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 1, Episode 1, "Emissary Part 1"
  58. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 1, Episode 2, "Emissary Part 2"
  59. Stargate Atlantis, Season 5, Episode 83, "Broken Ties"
  60. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
  61. August 2008
  62. Stargate Atlantis, Season 5, Episode 84, "The Daedalus Variations"
  63. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 1, Episode 3, "A Man Alone"
  64. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 1, Episode 4, "Past Prologue"
  65. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 1, Episode 5, "Babel"
  66. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 1, Episode 6, "Captive Pursuit"
  67. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 1, Episode 7, "Q-Less"
  68. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 1, Episode 8, "Dax"
  69. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 1, Episode 9, "The Passenger"
  70. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 1, Episode 10, "Move Along Home"
  71. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 1, Episode 11, "The Nagus"
  72. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 1, Episode 12, "Vortex"
  73. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 5, Episode 119, "The First Duty"
  74. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 5, Episode 120, "Cost of Living"
  75. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 5, Episode 121, "The Perfect Mate"
  76. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 5, Episode 123, "I, Borg"
  77. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 5, Episode 125, "The Inner Light"
  78. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 5, Episode 126, "Time's Arrow Pt. 1"
  79. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 6, Episode 127, "Time's Arrow Pt. 2"
  80. Stargate Atlantis, Season 5, Episode 85, "Ghost in the Machine"
  81. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 6, Episode 130, "Relics"
  82. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 6, Episode 132, "True Q"
  83. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 6, Episode 136, "Chain of Command Pt. 1"
  84. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 6, Episode 137, "Chain of Command Pt. 2"
  85. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 6, Episode 138, "Ship in a Bottle"
  86. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 6, Episode 140, "Face of the Enemy"
  87. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 6, Episode 141, "Tapestry"
  88. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 6, Episode 144, "Starship Mine"
  89. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 6, Episode 145, "Lessons"
  90. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 6, Episode 146, "The Chase"
  91. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 6, Episode 147, "Frame of Mind"
  92. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 6, Episode 151, "Timescape"
  93. Stargate Atlantis, Season 5, Episode 86, "The Shrine"
  94. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 6, Episode 152, "Descent Pt 1"
  95. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 7, Episode 153, "Descent Pt 2"
  96. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 1, Episode 13, "Battle Lines"
  97. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 1, Episode 14, "The Storyteller"
  98. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 1, Episode 17, "The Forsaken"
  99. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 1, Episode 18, "Dramatis Personae"
  100. September 2008
  101. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 1, Episode 19, "Duet"
  102. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 1, Episode 20, "In the Hands of the Prophets"
  103. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 2, Episode 21, "The Homecoming"
  104. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 2, Episode 22, "The Circle"
  105. Stargate Atlantis, Season 5, Episode 87, "Whispers"
  106. Doctor Who, Season 4, Episode 47, "The Sontaran Strategem"
  107. Doctor Who, Season 4, Episode 48, "The Poison Sky"
  108. Doctor Who, Season 4, Episode 49, "The Doctor's Daughter"
  109. Doctor Who, Season 4, Episode 50, "The Unicorn and the Wasp"
  110. Stargate Atlantis, Season 5, Episode 88, "The Queen"
  111. Stargate Atlantis, Season 5, Episode 89, "Tracker"
  112. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 2, Episode 23, "The Seige"
  113. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 2, Episode 24, "Invasive Procedures"
  114. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 2, Episode 25, "Cardassians"
  115. Stargate Atlantis, Season 5, Episode 90, "First Contact"
  116. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 2, Episode 26, "Melora"
  117. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 2, Episode 27, "Rules of Acquisition"
  118. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 2, Episode 28, "Necessary Evil"
  119. October 2008
  120. Alien (movie)
  121. Blade Runner (movie)

Monday, September 15, 2008

Code 46

Film: Code 46
Length: ?
Starring: Samantha Morton, Tim Robbins
Part of a series? No
My rating: *****




Summary:
Set in the near future, when global warming has driven most of us indoors, when the land has become virtually deserts, and when genetic engineering and cloning is the norm.
Cities are heavily controlled by checkpoints, you cannot travel unless you have an appropriate 'papelle' to allow you to enter or exit. Anyone living outside these cities are 'non-citizens' living outside the government, scraping a life together somehow.
William (Robbins) works for the government 'The Sphinx' and is sent to Shanghai to investigate the forgery of papelle. Their he meets and falls in love with Maria who he discovers is forging the documents, but who he can't help being obsessed by. A wild one night affair ensues.
Returning to New York, he's haunted by her memory. When people die as a result of the forged papelle he is sent back to deal with the problem.
When he gets there he finds out Maria has disappeared, accused of a Code 46 violation....

'Code 46:
Article 1
Any human being who shares the same nuclear gene set as another human being is deemed to be genetically identical. The relations of one are the relations of all.
Due to
IVF, ID embryo splitting and cloning techniques it is necessary to prevent any accidental or deliberate genetically incestuous reproduction.
Therefore:
I. All prospective parents should be genetically screened before conception. If they have 100%, 50% or 25% genetic identity they are not permitted to conceive
II. If the pregnancy is unplanned, the foetus must be screened. Any pregnancy resulting from 100%, 50% or 25% genetically related parents must be terminated immediately
III. If the parents were ignorant of their genetic relationship then medical intervention is authorized to prevent any further breach of Code 46
IV. If the parents knew they were genetically related prior to conception it is a criminal breach of Code 46. '


Why I would recommend it:
Well acted..unusual storyline..not too unrealistic.
Excellent cast, including notable British actors.
Watch it for Mick Jones of The Clash singing 'Should I Stay of Should I go' in the Karaoke bar - pure genius!
Recommended.

More info here

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The Adoration of Jenna Fox - Mary E. Pearson

The Adoration of Jenna Fox
Mary E. Pearson
265 pages; published 2008


On the eighth day Father had to return to work in Boston. He and Mother whispered, but I still heard. Risky … have to get back … you’ll be fine. Before he left he cupped my face in both of his hands. “Little by little, Angel,” he said. “Be patient. Everything will come back. Over time all the connections will be made.” I think my gait is normal now. My memory is not. I don’t remember my mother, my father, or Lily. I don’t remember that I once lived in Boston. I don’t remember Jenna Fox.

Father says it will come in time. “Time heals,” he says.
I don’t tell him that I don’t know what time is. (7)
Her mother gave her a box of discs, all labeled. Jenna Fox/Year One ... Year Two ... Year Sixteen. "Watch them," she suggests. "Maybe they'll help you remember."

That's the problem. Jenna doesn't remember. She doesn't remember her mother, her father, even herself. She doesn't remember why her grandmother seems to hate her and she doesn't remember the accident that left her in a coma for over a year. She doesn't remember anything at all. What's more, the little bits that are coming back to her piece by piece are leaving her with the awkward suspicion that something is not quite right.
There is something curious about where we live. Something curious about Father and his nightly phone calls with Mother. And certainly something curious about me. Why can I remember the details of the French Revolution but I can’t remember if I ever had a best friend? (12)
Why is she not allowed to leave the house? Why did they move from Boston to California? How did they time their move to her waking up so perfectly? And, if California is their new home, why does her father spend all his time in Boston, keeping his job at the large bio-engineering research hospital?
What aren't they telling her? What doesn't she remember?
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Life As We Knew It - Susan Pfeffer

Life As We Knew It
Susan Pfeffer
339 pages; published 2006



Sometimes I think about how things used to be. I’d never been anyplace, not really. Florida once and Boston and New York City and Washington and Montreal and that was it. I’d dream of Paris, of London, of Tokyo. I wanted to go to South America, to Africa. I always assumed I could someday.

But my world keeps getting smaller and smaller. No school. No pond. No town. No bedroom. Now I don’t even have the view out the windows.

I feel myself shrivelling along with my world, getting smaller and harder. I’m turning into a rock, and in some ways that’s good, because rocks last for ever.
But if this is how I’m going to last for ever, then I don’t want to. (237)
When astromers start talking excitedly about an asteroid hitting the moon, sixteen-year-old Miranda sees it as little more than an opportunity for her teachers to pile on extra homework. Sure, it's not everyday you can the moon being hit with the naked eye, but at the end of the day she'd much rather be watching TV or reading posts on her favourite online message board.
What the astronomers don't anticipate, however, is that the asteroid is much denser than originally thought, dense enough to actually knock the moon slightly out of orbit. Suddenly the moon is playing havoc with Earth's tides, resulting in wipe-out level tidal waves, and the increase of it's gravitional pull is creating volcanoes where there never was before. Life as everyone knew it is over, and the Earth's population is in serious trouble.
I guess I always felt even if the world came to an end, McDonalds would still be open. (47)
Chronicling her family's struggles to survive in her diary, Miranda finds her life completely changed. Suddenly no access to internet or television isn't the problem. There is now no heat, no hot water, no phone. There is limited ways of cooking food - and that's if you have food in the first place, and then there's water to consider. Volcanic ash is covering the sky, making it near impossible for any amount of the sun's heat to get through.
Somehow it's harder to focus (though she gives it her all) on the regular teen things like keeping up your grades, dating, and arguing with your mother when you're wondering if you're going to be able to eat tomorrow, or, out of you and your two brothers, which is more likely to survive.
Life As We Knew It was an incredibly moving book; I found myself openly crying in several places, especially towards the end. Miranda's voice was just so real, so completely honest and the things she and the rest of her family have to deal with are just astounding. An excellent read. 4.5/5
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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Rebecca's 42 List

  1. The X-Files. Seasons 1-5. (1993-1997)
  2. Firefly. Complete Series. (2002)
  3. Serenity. Written and directed by Josh Whedon. (2005)
  4. The Mist - Stephen King. (1980)
  5. Titan A.E. Directed by Don Bluth. (2000)
  6. Stargate: Atlantis. Seasons 1-3. (2006)
  7. Life As We Knew It - Susan Pfeffer (2006)
  8. The Adoration of Jenna Fox - Mary E. Pearson (2008)
  9. Star Trek: Generations. Directed by David Carson. (1994)
  10. Star Trek: First Contact. Directed by Jonathan Frakes. (1996)
  11. Star Trek: Insurrection. Directed by Jonathan Frakes. (1998)
  12. Star Trek: Nemesis. Directed by Stuart Baird. (2002)
  13. Stargate: the Movie. Directed by Roland Emmerich. (1994)
  14. Stargate: SG:1. Seasons 1-10. (1997-2007)
  15. Changing Planes - Ursula Le Guin (2004)
  16. Wall-E. Directed by Andrew Stanton. (2008)
  17. Stargate: The Ark of Truth. Directed by Robert C. Cooper. (2008)
  18. Stargate: Continuum. Directed by Martin Wood. (2008)
  19. Star Trek: The Next Generation. Seasons 1-4. (1987-1990)
  20. Star Trek in Myth and Legend - Thomas Richards (1997)
  21. Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card (1977)
  22. The Declaration - Gemma Malley (2007)

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Mutant Chronicles

Name: Mutant Chronicles
Length: 1 hour 45 Mins
Starring:  John Malkovich, Devon Aoki, Thomas Jane, Sean Pertwee, Ron Perlman
Part of a series? No
My rating: 4/5
Why I would or would not recommend it: It has an excellent cast and obviously draws it's inspiration from many classic film origins, it's an independent film and so the effects aren't quite as big budget as a lot of Hollywood films. I quite like that feel though. It's a mixture of medieval steampunk film noir with a bunch of zombie mutants thrown in for good measure. If this is your thing, watch it; if it's not, then don't. I enjoyed it. 

 

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The storyline: Loosely based on the RPG, the story is set 700 years into the future - the year 2707 to be precise, where nearly everything is powered by steam, the Earth’s natural resources have been exhausted by mankind and battle rages between the soldiers of four leading Corporations: the Capitol, Bauhaus, Mishima and Imperial.

Mitch Hunter and Nathan Rooker, a pair of battle-hardened Capitol soldiers, are leading an attack on a Bauhaus outfit when an explosion rips a hole in an ancient seal awakening a horrifying machine that recycles human corpses creating powerful and relentless mutants. Mitch manages to escape but he has to witness the savage death of his friend Nathan who is torn apart by mutants armed with heavy bladed arms.

As the mutants multiply by their millions destroying all before them, the last humans attempt to evacuate the planet. The Corporations’ leader, a high priest figure called Constantine, is about to abandon the planet and leave the remaining humans to their desperate fate when he is approached by one of the Elders, a monk named Samuel. Brother Samuel is keeper of the Chronicles, an old tome, which foretold the rise of the Mutants and that a ‘Deliverer’ will appear to destroy the Machine and save mankind. Samuel believes he is the Deliverer and he manages to recruit Mitch Hunter to help him in his quest to destroy the Machine. Mitch reluctantly signs up, along with a handful of like-minded soldiers including Steiner, a Bauhaus leader and sworn enemy of Mitch; sword-wielding Severian and Latino street fighter El Jesus; fearless beauty Duval and her brother Juba.

The “Mutant Chronicles” follows Mitch and Samuel’s mission to venture into the very heart of the machine in an attempt save the planet from the marauding hordes of undead.



The Mutant Chronicles


Released: 2008


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The Mutant Chronicles


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Friday, August 15, 2008

The Hunt for the Meteor by Jules Verne

Name:The Hunt for The Meteor
Author:Jules Verne
Publisher: Arco Publications 1965
Pages: 191
Part of a series? N
My rating: ****
Why I would or would not recommend it:
Published posthumously this novel is highly enjoyable.
It tells the tale of two amateur astronomers who both discover a new meteor at the same time. Previously friends (their son and daughter are to be married) they fall out over who has discovered the meteor first.
Add in the fact that the meteor is discovered to be made of pure gold, that it's falling to earth, and there is arguing over who it belongs to, where it will fall, etc. and you've got a highly amusing story about science, rivalry, greed and human nature!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Jeremiah (TV show)

Jeremiah - Letters From the Other Side Parts 1 & 2

See here for a short official review. Jeremiah, Markus and Erin are captured and taken to theValhalla compound. Kurdy, on his way to try to rescue them, meets Mr. Smith who has a message from God. Lee Chen then captures him and convinces him to help with a dangerous plan to rescue the 4. It risks contaminating the wourd with the Big Death again. Jeremiah finds his father after 15 years

My thoughts: Even though this is the first time I've ever seen this show, it was fairly easy to figure out what was going on. I enjoyed the show and hope to see more episodes.

Review #3 by Sharon

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Host by Stephenie Meyer


I just finished reading this long book and must say that I really liked it! Science Fiction meets Romance without all the mushy details. Well there was some mush but it was bearable.In this story the earth has been taken over by beings that call themselves Souls. They are your standard Scifi parasite that takes over the human host and continue on with a human life with the Soul in control. The Soul Wanderer is placed in Melanie's body but finds that she can't suppress and do away with Melanie. They coexist in Melanie's body and soon Wanderer finds herself caring for the people and things Melanie cared for.My thoughts: Throughout this book the Soul Wanderer claimed that Souls were kind, would never hurt anyone. However this view doesn't go with the fact that they took over a whol planet of people and effectively murdered them. This was never addressed.
Review # 2 by Sharon

Saturday, August 9, 2008

The X Files: I Want to Believe



Name: The X Files - I Want to Believe

Rated: PG 13

Length: 1 hour and 44 mts

Starring: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Amanda Peet, Billy Connolly, Alvin "Xibitz" Joiner

My rating: Being a die hard X-Phile, I wouldn't have missed it at all.

Why I would or would not recommend it: I would recommend this to any one who liked thriller/mystery type movies. It is a stand alone movie so even if you didn't watch the TV show you can still enjoy this.


We went to see this tonight and it was great, I really enjoyed it! I can't say much without being a spoiler. I was a little disappointed that Mulder's alien invasion conspiracy story line wasn't addressed, however the story here was sufficiently creepy to keep my interest.


Review # 1 by Sharon

Thursday, August 7, 2008

A Rough Guide to Sci-Fi Movies by John Scalzi


A Rough Guide to Sci-Fi Movies by John Scalzi

A good introduction to Sci-Fi movies.

The guide begins with the origins of science fiction discussing Plato, Thomas Moore, and leading up to Jules Verne and HG Wells.
Then there are sections on different decades of Sci-fi films, Top 50 sci-fi movies, Icons of sci-fi movies, science, Locations, Global sci-fi, TV series, etc.

Recommended as a good basic reference book

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

For Your Convenience!!!

Dewey from The Hidden Side of A Leaf suggested that I post a few questionnaire type forms that people could copy/paste to use in their "reviewing" process. This could be used to give structure to your reviews. Though reviews aren't strictly necessary. Though I would *love* to read them. The only thing that is necessary, is required, is that each participant keeps a list of their 42. One post numbered 1-42 to be filled and edited as your time permits. This post needs to have your name "Becky's 42" for example. Also tag or label your post with your name. Use if you want.


For books (novels, novellas)

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War of the Worlds - film 2005



Name: War of the Worlds (2005)
Starring: Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning
Part of a series? Y/N? N- but remake of earlier films - based on the novel by H.G. Wells
My rating: *** OK




Summary:
Opening with Morgan Freeman's voice over from the novel 'Who would have believed..' the film starts in New Jersey with Ray Ferrier (Tom Cruise) looking after his two children, Rachel (Dakota Fanning) and Robbie, while his ex-wife goes to Boston.

Shortly after their arrival a lightening storm descends on the city. Going outside to find his son and investigate, Ray and others witness the ground beginning to shake and split open as machines, which they speculate have been down there for eons, rise from below. Realising these are not from this earth, Ray races back to his children as the machines begin to evaporate people behind him.


The rest of the film centres around these characters as they attempt to escape the machines and reach the rest of the family in Boston. It's the usual survival story, beating all odds against people who are panicked and these Martians whoes intention is destroying all life on earth, .

The relationship between Ray and his children changes and develops throughout the film as they fight for survival.

Some of the most memorable moments are when Rachel sees bodies floating down the river, when they are hiding with Harlan Ogilvy (Tim Robbins) and you see the Martians close up, and the red weed covering everything.

Overall an OK remake of the story, but nothing new...I much prefer the novel.

Why I would or would not recommend it:
Watch this film for good graphics of Martians / Martian machines, and if you haven't read the book.
Don't watch it expecting anything new.
Tom Cruise is OK in the film but is not really compelling (I'll bet a lot of you will disagree with that), and Dakota Fanning has made much better films, as had Tim Robbins.

Read more about the film here

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Lost In Space (film 1998)

Watched Lost In Space on DVD last night.

Name: Lost In Space (1998)
Length:
Starring: William Hurt, Gary Oldman, Mimi Rogers, Heather Graham, Matt LeBlanc
Part of a series? N - although remake of the original 1956 film 'Forbidden Planet' and a later TV series Lost In Space
My rating: *** Good

Why I would or would not recommend it:

This is an enjoyable film...full of adventure and fun.

In the year 2058, the Earth is becoming uninhabitable due to pollution and global warming! (Take note people!!!)Professor John Robinson has designed a hyperdrive that will enable the Jupiter 2 to travel faster-than-light and eventually enable the evacuation of Earth's citizens to new planets.

Professor Robinson (the talented William Hurt pictured left) aims to lead the first mission with a crew made up of his family to the habitable planet Alpha Prime to prepare it for colonization.

However there are saboteurs determined to prevent the mission succeeding. Doctor Smith (the very talented Gary Oldman pictured left) has reprogrammed the missions robot to destroy the ship and family after take off. Unfortunately he gets left on the ship too, and once the mission begins the robot comes on line and begins to wreck havoc on the ship....

Saved by Will Robinson, the young son (pictured above), who reprogrammes the robot, they manage to save the ship but find themselves in a new part of the galaxy which they don't recognise. They are now 'lost in space'.

After dealing with killer spiders they find on a deserted ship, aided by pilot Major Don West (Matt LeBlanc pictured left) and the reprogrammed robot, they end up crash landing on an alien planet.

The plot thickens as they realise they are being affected by time and space anomalies...

Add in the consequences of Dr. Smith being bitten by a spider, Will Robinson desperately seeking his fathers affection and approval, love interest between Major West and Dr. Judy Robinson (Heather Graham), and you've got an interesting film.

I won't spoil the ending for you...but it's definitely worth a watch.

Read more about it here