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Star Trek: TOS Season 1 Episode 1 “The Man Trap” Review – Memories Written in Stars

“The Man Trap” introduces us to the elements which make Star Trek: The Original Series so great. I’m talking about the relationships between main characters. We see Uhura flirting with Spock, Yeoman Rand casually eating from Sulu’s tray, and some classic exchanges between Kirk and McCoy. This episode sets up and establishes these relationships while contending with the “monster of …

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Timothy Brian Brown’s 7 of the Best

Written by Timothy Brian Brown Ringworld (entire universe) Larry Niven’s Known Space remains my favorite science fiction collection of all time. Human history over roughly a thousand years as we reach into the depths of the galaxy, meeting aliens and reinventing ourselves – who can’t love that! I even had to piece together the existence of all the related stories …

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Daniel Corey’s 7 of the Best

Written by Daniel Corey The good folks at Multiverse asked me to create a list of seven sci-fi/fantasy films or books that rank among my favorites/most influential. Without further ado… Superman: The Movie I don’t want to sound too dramatic, but this movie, for better or worse, has a lot to do with who I am today. I was recently …

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Storme Smith’s 7 of the Best

Written by Storme Smith The Sketch-Book by Washington Irving One of two books I remember being given me by my Grandfather with instructions to read. A collection of Irving’s short stories including Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow that showcased a narrative brilliance similar to modern writers Stephen King and Ray Bradbury. A master storyteller, Irving was …

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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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Rob Lane’s 7 of the Best

Written by Rob Lane Bernard Cornwell – The Saxon Stories + The Last Kingdom (TV series) Bernard Cornwell is my favourite author and Uhtred Uhtredson is my favourite fictional character of all time. From the very first paragraph that I read in a bookshop, Uhtred had me hooked into his beliefs, his attitude, his strength, his insults, his authority and …

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LCARS UI is Highly Logical Captain

I’ve heard and read about how much Jules Verne predicted future science with his novels. Reading them after the fact, gives that impression. The truth though, is that he inspired the march of science. It isn’t so much that he predicted a space launch from Florida as it is that the many scientists he inspired with his work launched from …

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Rolling With Stranger Things

Okay, I’m a bit behind. I don’t have Netflix, a situation I changed for a month when I saw Frank Mentzer offered to run the Stranger Things cast through a D&D game with his edition of the books, which appeared in the series. Just to recap, Stranger Things is a Netflix series of eight episodes set in 1983 with a …