Sci-Fi Movies from the 1980’s

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When you think about science fiction films, popular ones like the X-Men and Guardians of the Galaxy probably come to mind, but have you ever been curious about the movies that inspired the ones we watch today? For movies that keep you on the edge of your seat, try classics like James Cameron’s The Terminator (1984), who is famous […]

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Happy Birthday, Ray Bradbury!

Ray Bradbury is easily one of the most celebrated authors of the 21st century. I’m willing to say with very good reason. He is the creator of more than 600 works spanning 7 decades. His writing is timeless and every generation can find meaning and relevance no matter the milieu. Bradbury often said he wrote […]

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Embrace Your Inner Geek

Being raised by Star Trek and sci-fi/fantasy geeks meant knowing the title of a TNG (Star Trek: The Next Generation) episode 10 seconds in and keeping mostly quiet about many of the TV shows I watched and most of the books I read. It was not until adulthood that I found other like-minded people. The […]

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May the 4th Be with You!

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May the 4th has been adopted by fans as Star Wars Day due to its similarity to the movie's catchphrase, "May the Force be with you." With Episode VII  slated to open December 18, 2015, interest in the series is intensifying again. But let's not forget where the phenomenon began. During it its initial release […]

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What’s a B-Movie, Anyway?

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Every year, nerds descend on Northwestern University in Chicago to watch B-movies for 24 hours. Like subjects of the show Mystery Science Theater 3000, they cope with watching terrible movies by wisecracking about on-screen events. But why are so many people willing to lose sleep and smell so bad? And what exactly *is* a B-movie, anyway? Ed Wood: A lot […]

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Like Sand Through a Donut…

Maurice Katz is not a hero. He is not, not, not. At least, that's what he keeps telling himself throughout most of  When It's A Jar by Tom Holt. And yet he kills a dragon with a breadknife, is given an Excalibur-like letter opener, and has to rescue his one true love and a guy who […]

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GenreList V: Massive Monsters!

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This time, on GenreList: Gather your families and run for your lives! From the depths of the sea, the hollows of the earth and the blackness between the stars come mountainous menacing monsters, bent on carnage and destruction!

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I Never Want This Book to End

Have you ever read a book that makes you sad when it's over? I sure have. This happened to me most recently with Holly Goldberg Sloan's debut novel I'll Be There. It is a teen book that anyone can enjoy. The novel follows the lives of two young people, Emily and Sam, who come from completely […]

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Doctor Who: Nonfiction Picks

The 50th anniversary of Doctor Who is Saturday, November 23, and millions of fans all over the world are getting ready to celebrate. So, if you’d like to see what else we have to offer, in addition to new novels featuring the Doctor (see my earlier posts here and here), I highly recommend: Doctor Who: This […]

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GenreList III: Pulp Soup!

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This time on GenreList: Adventure! Action! Suspense! Join our brooding heroes, plucky sidekicks and mysterious masterminds as we explore the world of pulp fiction.

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