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Jan Egil Bjune’s 7 of the Best, Part Two (Films)

Written by Jan Egil Bjune City of Lost Children – la cité des enfants perdus (1995) I’m a great fan of everything Jean-Pierre Jeunet (and Marc Caro.) I could just as well have mentioned Delicatessen or Amélie. This movie, however, makes it to the top of my list because of the mood, the colors, the casting, the costumes and the music. It …

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Bryan Parke’s 7 of the Best

Written by Bryan Parke Pariah by Dan Abnett Set in Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40,000 universe, Dan Abnett’s Pariah paints a vivid picture of life in the Grim Dark Future. There have been many books published about Warhammer 40,000, primarily with a military focus, but what sets Pariah apart is that (like the other titles in Abnett’s Eisenhorn and Ravenor series) …

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Dan Abnett’s 7 of the Best

  Written by Dan Abnett Dark Star Made on a shoestring, but endlessly inventive, exhilarating and down right funny. An early work by the gifted Dan O’Bannon, and probably the first thing that showed an impressionable young me that SF could be funny without being an outright comedy (a notion that undoubtedly served me well later on Guardians of the …

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Michael May’s 7 of the Best

Written by Michael May Genesis by W. A. Harbinson Written during the height of the UFO craze in the ’70s, Genesis offers an explanation for the phenomenon that’s rooted in fact and research, but is still very much science fiction. There’s a lot of exposition, but it’s fascinating stuff and sprinkled into a compelling thriller. Harbinson has since written four …

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Chris Fenoglio’s 7 of the Best

Written by Chris Fenoglio [Disclaimer: There’s a lot of other “all-time” favorites who deserve a place on this list, but I figured that Star Wars and Star Trek were so obvious that they might as well be implied. So, here’s a list of some of the less obvious sci-fi/fantasy things I love that you’ve probably heard of, and just haven’t …

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Axanar Fan Film Lawsuit Settles Out of Court

Back in May, 2016 we naively reported that CBS/Paramount would drop their lawsuit against the Axanar movie based on a quote from J.J. Abrams. Since the lawsuit proceeded, I elected to cease reporting on this lawsuit until there was a conclusion. It appears that the resulting Axanar movie that results will be different than the original vision, but the production …

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Lys Galati’s 7 of the Best

Written by Lys Galati Flash Gordon After I fell asleep at girl-friendly flicks (such as Black Beauty) at about 6 or 7 years old, my dad decided to try something more in his wheelhouse (sci-fi,) so we went to see Flash Gordon. I was MESMERIZED. The Queen soundtrack, the visuals, and Ming’s green blood still give me rushes of childhood …

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Joshua Wardrop’s 7 of the Best

Written by Joshua Wardrop Edge of Tomorrow I have heard countless times ‘this isn’t as good as the novel’ and I wouldn’t know, nor do I care. This was a complete surprise romp for me. I had no idea going in what it was gonna be about, and just wanted any decent action film with sci-fi elements. And it was …

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Stu Perrins’ 7 of the Best

Written by Stu Perrins STAR WARS I know it’s an obvious choice but that doesn’t make it any less important. It’s one of those things like Batman (more of whom later) where I honestly can’t remember not liking it, it’s almost as if this stuff is somehow ingrained in my soul in some way. I recently watched the original trilogy …

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Jim Ward’s 7 of the Best

The Helmsman, by Bill Baldwin It’s a great science fiction series in the grand tradition of Space Opera. The novel begins as Brim—a 21-year-old SubLieutenant in the Imperial Fleet—arrives at the Eorean Starwharves, a maintenance complex within the planet-spanning Fleet base on watery Gimmas-Haefdon. On first assignment since receiving his commission, Brim is fresh from The Helmsman’s Academy, where he weathered …