By guest columnist k.e.n.n.y.h.
…it’s all about family…well ok it’s supposed to be about cool cars…but also huge explosions…and over the top action sequences. But yeah, there’s family too…
On the ironically-named world of Stillness, where earthquakes and volcanoes are treated like particularly bad weather, something happens to break the planet open much, much worse than it’s ever been broken before.
A mother leaves her village, her own world having ended just slightly before the rest of the world did.
A little girl discovers a new talent and is exiled from her family for it. She’s soon taken away to begin training in her new life as an orogene.
And in the glittering city of Yumenes, a talented young woman is rising through the ranks of orogenes, clawing her way towards, if not freedom, then at least a little privacy and the right to say “no” every once in a while. She’s sent on an assignment with one of the most powerful orogenes in existence, and gradually finds out how much that power is worth.
N.K. Jemisin’s 2015 novel The Fifth Season is the first book in what I hope is a very long series. It’s science fiction (with some horror) in a fantasy setting. It’s an epic adventure with a tiny bit of romance, lots of tragedy, and the story starts with the end of the world. This is the kind of book you fall into and then stumble out of days later, wondering what the hell just happened and when can you have some more.
The current storyline is wrapped up as Arcee tries to save Sideswipe, the humans try not to be completely useless, and millions of years in the past Optimus and Prowl try to win a battle even if it means giving up what they stand for. Or do they? See below for preview pages and a review of Optimus Prime #6.
It’s almost here: on May 3rd we’ll get the final chapter of Adam Warren and Karla Diaz’s Empowered and the Soldier of Love. See below for preview pages and the review!
By guest columnist Rich Kuhaupt.
So, full disclosure, I am a massive Mass Effect fan. Since it was announced that there would, in fact, be a fourth installment of Bioware’s benchmark space RPG series, I became infocidal for any news, rumors or telepathically transmitted information about “don’t call itMass Effect 4.” Now that I’ve had a chance to actually play Mass Effect Andromeda (about 40 hrs) I thought I would offer my initial impressions of the latest offering of my favorite video game franchise and address some of the early issues and bad reviews. Minor spoilers are likely.
The finalists for the 2017 Hugo Awards have been announced, and it’s quite a list. Between best short fiction, best novel, best series, best editor, best fanzine, and everything else, there are 108 entrants battling it out. And I’ve read…six of them. Granted, those six were all pretty amazing, but I feel like I’m missing out.
This year I’d like to try something similar to Pixelated Geek’s coverage of the 2017 Oscars. Between now and when the winners are announced at the 75th Worldcon in Helsinki, we’ll be posting the occasional review of any of the finalists’ works that we can get our hands on. For each item on the list we’ll also post links to Pixelated Geek reviews (if they have one) and places where each of these are available for you to read (either free or for purchase) so we can battle it out in the comments about which one deserves to win their category.
Click the jump for a full list of the finalists.
By guest columnist thenoshitmoviecritic.
The bulk of this film (originally titled 478) is based on a real-life mid-air collision between a Tu-154 passenger jet and a Boeing 747 cargo jet over Germany in 2002. Some elements of the story have been amplified for entertainment purposes, for example the location, the death toll, the sentencing, and the ending where the son seeks revenge.
For the first time I see what must be my own hand. An economy of brass struts wrapped in supple leather. And now I truly begin to understand that I am also a thing in this world. Not like the doll who is writing a few feet away with all the mindfulness of water choosing a path downhill. Something more.
Daniel H. Wilson, author of the popular Robopocalypse series, has a book coming out this August about a completely different type of robot: a sentient race of clockwork beings who have kept their existence a secret from humanity for centuries. Until now.
In 1709 Russia, a creature of clockwork and leather opens its eyes to see the delicate porcelain face of a doll that’s been cleverly made to write. In present day Oregon, June Stefanov examines a centuries-old writing doll, trying to record everything she can before it’s inevitably lost to whoever it is that’s been destroying clockwork rarities. June carries a strange relic passed on by her grandfather, and before the end of the day she’ll be running for her life from a monster who’s trying to steal the relic and then silence June before she can pass along the word she learned from the doll: avtomat.
There I was, this tiny little thing at the bottom of a hole, lying on my back in the palm of a giant metal hand.
Rose was only eleven years old when the ground opened underneath her. The rescuers who arrived on the scene found, not a sinkhole, but a fifty-foot square shaft, covered in glowing carvings, surrounding an impossible artifact at least a thousand years older than human civilization.
Seventeen years later, physicist Dr. Rose Franklin finds herself in charge of the team assigned to find out how the gigantic robotic hand works, what it was doing beneath a forest just outside Deadwood South Dakota, and whether there are more pieces buried in other parts of the world.
The hand isn’t just impossibly old; it’s made of elements that couldn’t have been found on Earth, and the technology is far beyond anything humans could have made. Worse, it might be a lot more than humans can control.