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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 …

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Alethea van Holland’s 7 of the Best

Written by Alethea van Holland The Neverending Story Directed by Wolfgang Peterson Hands down, this is my all time favorite fantasy film. I love the atmosphere, the attention to detail on sets and costumes, and the voices for the creatures. The effects are dated, but you can see all the effort and creativity that went into it, which gives it …

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Frank Martin’s 7 of the Best

Written by Frank Martin . Dune A packed adventure contrasting everything I could want from a story. A fantastical world filled with technological marvels and wild creatures. It has political intrigue and supernatural undertones. There’s drama, romance and the occasional comedy. It’s influence can be found in everything from Star Wars to Game of Thrones. All we need now is …

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Darren Paltrowitz’s 7 of the Best

2016: Another Great Year For Film by Darren Paltrowitz . As of late, most entertainment-related writers seem to be focusing on the deaths of celebrities and innovators that 2016 brought. Many of those same creative-types are also focusing on politics and how the recent U.S. Presidential election may impact them for the worst. Gloom, gloom and more gloom. . Such …

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Simon Todd’s 7 of the Best

A List of Seven by Simon Todd MontiDots Ltd. John Silence, Physician Extraordinary (1908) written by Algernon Blackwood These are gripping tales predate Lovecraft, with all the intensity of a good Call of Cthulhu game about a psychic detective. Great stories made all the more interesting due to their relatively early date.   Vampyr (1932) written and directed by Carl …

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John Arcudi’s 7 of the Best

Written by John Arcudi . . Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson) is a book that is supposed to appeal to children and adults. The absurd nature of much of the imagery and narrative are certainly appealing to even a 5 year old, but it’s the wide reaching social commentary that is snuck into the book under the guise …

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Ted Fauster’s 7 of the Best

Ted Fauster‘s Magnificent Seven I’ve been asked to list seven of my top books and/or films that have influenced me as a writer. I am happy to do so. But I’m going to skip the books this time. Oftentimes, we hear about all the incredible books that have influenced writers, yet there are so many films that have done just …