We Come In Peace: Benevolent Aliens


While aliens have often been a good excuse for books and movies in which to blow stuff up, occasionally they are actually friendly and trying to look out for us. The results are often amusing. These are three books about extraterrestrials and the hilarity that ensues with first contact. Ralph loves Andy Warhol and American pop culture. […]

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Tough Broads 3: Broads In Space

Peggy Whitson

Are you a fan of captains Kathryn Janeway and Susan Ivanova? Think Rey may be the best new character in a galaxy far, far away? Then there are books to keep you occupied between installments. These are the newest in the tradition of female derring-do among the stars. K.B. Wagers' Behind the Throne stars Hail Bristol, heir […]

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For Fans of Stranger Things

Stranger Things

Are you obsessed with Stranger Things? Netflix's bingeable new series starts with a search for a missing child and leads to psychics, conspiracies and monsters. If you, like many fans of the addictive show, are looking for what's next, here are some recommendations for books and music. (In the spirit of Netflix, I’ve also noted if […]

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Noir in Space

Moon 1

Science fiction is a big genre, with room for just about everyone. Today, I'd like to focus on modern noir set in orbit, whether around Earth or someplace else. The title of Anthony O'Neill's The Dark Side refers to Earth's moon, where lies the territory of Purgatory and its capital, Sin. Damien Justus is the new police sergeant there, […]

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Have Some Fun With Science Fiction Action!

Orion Space Flyer 1

Sometimes I get tired of reading serious books on serious themes and need to cleanse my reading palate. These science fictions novels are good for when you don't want to completely turn your brain off, but want some fun with your literature. Koko Takes A Holiday by Kieran Shea roars out of the gate and doesn't […]

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Far From Heaven: Ecological, Economic Dystopias

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Dystopias (the opposite of utopias) are popular right now, whether you like The Hunger Games or Divergent. Here are three dystopian novels to come out recently, where the rich get the resources and the meek inherit the dirt. Karl Taro Greenfeld's latest, The Subprimes, melds the ideas of ecological and economic dystopia seamlessly. Subprimes are people whose credit […]

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Game On! Games in Fiction

Video game controller and games

Coming up on February 6 is the next 1st Saturdays: Careers In Focus: Gaming. On this first one of the year we'll be geeking out with professionals in the gaming industry, so get your gaming fill before then with some of these awesome gaming books. Graphic novels are a great place to start for gaming fiction […]

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The Original Robots Were Flesh and Bone

Cybernetics group team with their robot TIOSS on Zagreb ETH university 1962

When you think of science fiction robots, you probably think of Bender, or R2D2, or Tom Servo, or Gort, right? Human-like mechanical characters? Yeah, no. The word 'robot' was actually invented in 1921 for the play, "R.U.R" by Karel Capek. Those robots were more like artificial humans, people grown in vats and assembled as needed, […]

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B-Fest Is the Best

Skidoo DVD cover

It's that time of the year: Time to partake in B-Fest, the annual 24-hour festival of bad movies at Northwestern University. If you don't feel like spending the night in an auditorium, you may want to check out these films at home. What exactly is Skidoo? It is the only satire of the 1960s that brings […]

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Get Ready for The Force Awakens!

Several small robots from Star Wars

It's almost here! After all the hype, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will arrive in theaters December 18! If you're anything like me, you've seen the classic movies so many times you could quote them. But did you know that there are a lot of books and comics and video games that carry on the […]

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