The Best in SciFi Books This Week 83118

first_img Netflix Axes ‘The OA’ Sci-Fi Series After 2 Seasons‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ Becomes Mostly Harm… Science Fiction in all its forms has become such a part of our society and bridged the gap from niche genre to pop culture phenomenon. There is something for everyone if you dig deep enough. The Wailing Blade is a great new comic series. There are a ton of amazing Sci-Fi TV shows to binge right now. Observe the best eclipses in Sci-Fi history too. You’ll find something you love in the world of Science Fiction for sure right here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. After starting off strong last week, the world of science-fiction had a bit of slump. Luckily the lack of glittering awards ceremonies made me ask what other aspects of the sci-fi genre would folks coming to a weekly round-up like to see? The answer, of course, is essays. But first! What’s new this week.Reading RecommendationsThis week’s options include a novelette about first contact gone wrong and the beginning of what might be the next great sci-fi saga.The Kite MakerAt a brisk 32 pages, The Kite Maker by Brenda Peynado comes in at the low price of $.99. But don’t let the length fool you. The Kite Maker follows the story of an alien and human struggling to overcome fear and human-created genocide through a love of kites. While an allegory for the terrible things man is capable of when afraid isn’t new ground, it’s a trait we would do well to remember we have. It’s a great quick read for the week.MirageAlso out this week is Mirage by Somaiya Daud. The young adult novel begins “On a small moon orbiting a large planet, in a small farmhouse in a small village, there was a box, and in this box was a feather.” The tale is that of Amani, teenager who lives a quiet life under the rule of the Vathek Empire. Amani is pulled into adventure when she is kidnapped for her striking resemblance to the Princess Maram. Whether she wants to or not, Amani must find a way to survive being the princess’s body double, the quiet viciousness of court life, and her burgeoning feelings for the princess’ fiancé. Entertainment BuzzIt’s a great time to love genre adaptations as Hollywood has a voracious appetite for them. This week is no different. The Swedish sci-fi novel Aniara by Nobel Prize-winning author Harry Martinson will make its film debut at TIFF. Aniara records the tale of settlers on their way to Mars who are blown off course. Directed by Pella Kågerman and Hugo Lilja, Aniara has already been picked up for distribution by Film Constellation.Meanwhile, on the television side of things, The Swarm by Frank Schaetzing has been picked up by German broadcaster ZDF. The Swarm will air in eight parts. The narrative blends ecological warning with hard science-fiction. Marine animals the world over began to act strangle coupled with the appearance of millions of worms of an unknown species breaking free from Arctic ice set off alarm bells the world over. Scientists quickly discover the unfathomable; humanity isn’t the only intelligent life on Earth, and the deep-sea civilization has had it with us. Game of Thrones executive producer Frank Doegler is financing the project, with Uma Thurman set to star. So expect to see The Swarm on American TV as well, though no date has been set.Further ReadingBlack Mirror’s “San Junipero,” was peak sci-fi romance.Looking for more sci-fi musings? Then you probably enjoy think piece essays. You’re in luck, because those are internet specialties. This week has an ode to the evolution of the science-fiction romance by Pia Ceres entitled, “The Pleasure and Promise of the Sci-Fi Romance.”If you need something a little more cerebral, try on Molly Flatt‘s essay for The Guardian. “Is the Future Female? Fixing Sci-Fi’s Women Problem” plums the depths of ingrained misogyny in the genre and how even female authors need to examine how and why the determine the personalities and physical characteristics of the heroines and villainesses.center_img Stay on targetlast_img

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