Review: Star Trek: Discovery: The Light of Kahless
Saturday, Mar 16 2019 03:00 | Books, Comic Book, comics, Entertainment, goodreads, MMORPG, online, review, Sci-Fi, Social Media, StarTrek
Star Trek: Discovery: The Light of Kahless by Kirsten BeyerMy rating: 5 of 5 stars Not a bad comic, and one that brings forth a bit of prequel mythos into Star Trek Discovery. In this one we see the origins of the Sacrophagus ship, and T'Kuvma and Voq themselves, and other Klingons who are acting...dishonorably...to say the least. I am wondering if there will be any references to this
Wednesday, Mar 13 2019 03:00 | audiobooks, Books, Entertainment, goodreads, review, Sci-Fi, Social Media
Artemis by Andy WeirMy rating: 5 of 5 stars Since I liked the Martian, I decided to follow it up with Artemis. I wasn't sure if this was going to be a sequel, or something totally different. Basically: Moon smuggler, on a moon base, fitting the "young professional" category of employee tries something new. Royally messes up but survives. Walks away an entrepreneur.Fun novel.
Review: The Martian
Tuesday, Mar 12 2019 03:30 | audiobooks, Books, Entertainment, goodreads, review, Sci-Fi, Social Media
The Martian by Andy WeirMy rating: 5 of 5 stars After a lot of hype I decided to read this book. It was quite a fun book to read. MacGyver, on Mars, becomes a potato farmer to survive until he can get rescued. Snarky MacGyver on Mars - which makes it more fun. Now that I've read this I do want to see the movie version, just as a comparison.View all my reviews
Monday, Mar 11 2019 04:00 | Books, ebooks, Entertainment, goodreads, review, Sci-Fi, Social Media, StarTrek
Rosetta by Dave SternMy rating: 3 of 5 stars Back to Star Trek novel reading. This was the last novel before the 'relaunch' of the enterprise series. Not a bad story - plus brownie points for some contemporary linguistics peppered in. That said, it felt a bit slow to begin (so much so that I lost the plot a bit while listening to it via TTS).View all my reviews
Review: Titan: Fortune of War
Monday, Feb 11 2019 05:00 | audiobooks, Books, goodreads, review, Sci-Fi, Social Media, Social Networks, StarTrek
Titan: Fortune of War by David MackMy rating: 5 of 5 stars Pretty interesting adventure. I had completely forgotten about the Husnock and needed to look them up on Memory Alpha. In many respects it reminded me a lot of the hunt for Alteran, or even Goauld tech in Stargate once the Goauld had fallen. He who controls the powerful ancient tech controls the galaxy. I wonder what the next
More Tardigrade news...
Monday, Jan 21 2019 09:14 | Entertainment, MMORPG, online, Sci-Fi, StarTrek, video games, VideoGames
email update from STO - for those like me who got Lt. Tardigrade as their nouveau tomagochi ;-)Thanks to some generous donations from the local shipyard, the Lieutenant now had his very own starship bridge, of sorts, in his enclosure. We managed to secure three decommissioned consoles, and his very own Captain's chair. It's a little beat up, to be sure, but he doesn't seem to mind, and he's been running
Star Trek Online: Age of Discovery
Saturday, Jan 19 2019 02:00 | DSC, Entertainment, MMORPG, online, Sci-Fi, StarTrek, video games, VideoGames
Last fall, in what seems like the heels of the "Victory is Life" expansion some new content dropped on STO, titled "Age of Discovery" which seems to be content for the game that runs concurrent with the show that started yesterday evening, and perhaps with the on-going IDW series on Star Trek Discovery. With this new content you start off as a cadet in the Discovery era of Star Trek
Review: Persepolis Rising
Sunday, Jan 6 2019 11:37 | audiobooks, Books, goodreads, review, Sci-Fi, Social Networks, TheExpanse
Persepolis Rising by James S.A. CoreyMy rating: 5 of 5 stars Woah! Will this universe ever know peace? Jump forward 20 years, Duarte is back, he is now emperor or some sh*t like that (I know, high council Duarte, just go with me). He is part protomolecule. He sends his protomolecule technology fleet to colonize the remaining human colonies. Just as Holden "retires" and sells the ship to
Review: Strange Dogs
Wednesday, Dec 26 2018 03:30 | Books, goodreads, review, Sci-Fi, Social Media, Social Networks, TheExpanse
Strange Dogs by James S.A. CoreyMy rating: 5 of 5 stars I wasn't sure what to make of this at the start of the novella, but it's an interesting point of view. Seeing the exploratory expedition on a ring world turn into a new home through the eyes of a child. This novella also points to certain protomolecule properties that I am not sure we've seen yet. I do wonder how these will play
Review: Babylon's Ashes
Tuesday, Dec 25 2018 03:00 | Books, goodreads, review, Sci-Fi, Social Media, Social Networks, TheExpanse
Babylon's Ashes by James S.A. CoreyMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Well, Earth and Mars aren't doing so well. the "Free Navy" has taken over the Rocinante crew is back at it, saving this corner of the galaxy. Some quick thoughts:Anderson dying as a result of system shock during high burn. Plausible, but seems like a rather small way for the "butcher of Anderson station" to go.New alliance forming
Review: Chariots of The Gods
Chariots of The Gods by Erich von DänikenMy rating: 4 of 5 stars I feel a bit weird giving it 4 stars given the subject matter, but the book was rather entertaining, and not as 'out there' as Ancient Aliens as I expected - the TV show has gotten even more out there over the years. "by why?" or "ancient astronaut theorists say 'yes'" beg for a drinking game. If you read this book
Review: The Expanse: Origins
The Expanse: Origins by James S.A. CoreyMy rating: 5 of 5 stars An interesting mini collection of origin stories for the main cast of the Rocinante. I think the Amos one was the one that was most out there. It would be interesting to see some of these mental gears going on screen. View all my reviews
Review: The Vital Abyss
Friday, Dec 21 2018 09:01 | audiobooks, Books, Entertainment, goodreads, review, Sci-Fi, Social Networks, TheExpanse
The Vital Abyss by James S.A. CoreyMy rating: 5 of 5 stars An interesting short story from the perspective of a protogen researcher. All throughout I was trying to figure out if this is someone who will be (or was) in one of the main novels, or if it's just world building and expansion (no pun intended). In the end (once I was done reading) I read through the summary on the wiki and I had
Review: Nemesis Games
Monday, Dec 17 2018 07:53 | audiobooks, Books, Entertainment, goodreads, review, Sci-Fi, Social Networks, TheExpanse
Nemesis Games by James S.A. CoreyMy rating: 4 of 5 stars And here I thought that this was going to be a 'simple' version of: crew goes on holiday while the ship is in dry dock so that they can take care of personal stuff (and of course learn some personal stuff from the past). Did that happen? Of course, but around half-way ... BAM! all hell breaks loose! The final line of the previous
Review: Cibola Burn
Sunday, Dec 16 2018 08:56 | audiobooks, Books, Entertainment, goodreads, review, Sci-Fi, Social Networks, TheExpanse
Cibola Burn by James S.A. CoreyMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Interesting continuation of the series. We've now moved onto a more colonial part of the adventure (new worlds to explore an colonize), and all the perils that come with it. I do wonder if we'll find out what happened to the old civilization that built the portal system and the protomolecule. Part of this book reminded me a lot of the
Review: Abaddon's Gate
Friday, Dec 14 2018 08:54 | audiobooks, Books, Entertainment, goodreads, review, Sci-Fi, Social Networks, TheExpanse
Abaddon's Gate by James S.A. CoreyMy rating: 5 of 5 stars Interesting story as it has unfolded. The thing I don't get is this: are these gates to other galaxies (think Stargate with the Ori supergates)? other parallel dimension (sort of like sliders)? or just other dimensions period? Seems like there is plenty of work for the crew of the Rocinante to go around after this book ;-) A
Review: Star Trek: Waypoint #6
Tuesday, Nov 20 2018 04:30 | Books, Comic Book, goodreads, review, Sci-Fi, Social Media, Social Networks, StarTrek
Star Trek: Waypoint #6 by Gabriel HardmanMy rating: 3 of 5 stars Interesting collection of short stories from the Star Trek Universe. I think my two favorites were Naomi Wildman's comic, and the Phase II era stories. Reading the stories in this anthology made me wonder if we'll see any Phase II era stories pop up in the future. It might be an interesting look in an alternate era.View
Review: Airship Enterprise: The Infernal Machine
Monday, Nov 19 2018 05:00 | Books, Comic Book, goodreads, kickstarter, review, Sci-Fi, Social Media, Social Networks, StarTrek
Airship Enterprise: The Infernal Machine by Brian DenhamMy rating: 3 of 5 stars This was something that had come across kickstarter a while back (before I really looked at kickstarter). It is an interesting take on Star Trek through a steampunk lens. I am not all that interested in steampunk as a genre but this wasn't a bad story. I think for Trek fans you'll find enough to keep you going,
Review: Gods of Risk
Saturday, Nov 10 2018 15:42 | audiobooks, Books, goodreads, review, Sci-Fi, Social Media, Social Networks, TheExpanse
Gods of Risk by James S.A. CoreyMy rating: 5 of 5 stars Another book I read over the summer but I didn't have a ton of time to write about. A nice, short, interlude between books where we see what life on Mars is (sort) of like, and how badass Bobbie Draper is ;-) I don't recall seeing this 'on-screen' on the TV show, but maybe this is something that's going to be shown before season 4.
Review: Caliban's War
Friday, Nov 9 2018 16:00 | audiobooks, Books, goodreads, review, Sci-Fi, Social Media, Social Networks, TheExpanse
Caliban's War by James S.A. CoreyMy rating: 4 of 5 stars It's been a while since I read this, but I haven't had a ton of time to write about it! This was a good continuation to the first novel. I held off to read this until I thought the TV show had covered it, but I think I shouldn't have. This book pretty much corresponds to the second season of the expanse TV, which really amazes
Review: Star Trek Romulans Schism - 2009
Sunday, May 20 2018 13:26 | Books, Comic Book, goodreads, review, Sci-Fi, Social Media, Social Networks, StarTrek
Star Trek Romulans Schism - 2009 by John ByrneMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Interesting short story with Koloth and Kor as some of the main cast (along with the original "#1") about the federation and a cloaking device, and a feud of a romulan with Kirk that leads to the dissolution (some might say "schism" ;-) ) between the romulan and klingon empires. Now...why do the Klingons have an emperor
Vemon is coming!
I'm not really caught up with all my superhero movies (but I am more 'caught up' with Marvel than DC, so that's something). There is a new trailer out for Venom which looks pretty awesome. The only thing I know about this character is really what I learned by playing Maximum Carnage on the Sega Genesis about 20 years ago...so that's really a long way of saying "I don't know much".
Fan Film down!
Seems like another (star trek) fan-film is down...or at least temporarily halted. The Star Trek: Temporal Anomaly fan film seems to be in talks with CBS. Since they started their work before all the "guidelines" came about (mostly because of Axanar, it seems), they were under the impression that they were grandfathered into the non-guideline era. This is the third fan film (after
Today is a good day to learn Klingon!
Well...April Fool's is here, and Think Geek has not disappointed! I think I'll space these things out over the next week, but here is what caught my eye first: Klingon fridge magnets!
Review: The Fifty-Year Mission: The Next 25 Years: From The Next Generation to J. J. Abrams: The Complete, Uncensored, and Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek
Saturday, Mar 31 2018 11:01 | Books, goodreads, review, Sci-Fi, Social Media, Social Networks, StarTrek
The Fifty-Year Mission: The Next 25 Years: From The Next Generation to J. J. Abrams: The Complete, Uncensored, and Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek by Mark A. AltmanMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Interesting read for the history of TNG through the Kelvin-timeline movies. There was also a little bi in here about pop-culture influences of Star Trek, and a nod to fan films. For the first book
Section 31, yo!
A deleted scene from Star Trek Discovery's season finale his the netwaves the other day where Mirror Gheorghiou is recruited into section 31 (which also answers all the questions on the web about that little black starfleet badge). Effin' awesome is what I have to say! I hope that the fact that this was deleted does not mean that this plotline is killed off... This would be a totally awesome
Colony Season 3 coming soon!
May seems a little late, but it will be here soon enough! So will Colony season 3! The trailer for it came out a few days ago and I am all excited about it! My only worry is that we're treading into "Falling Skies" territory here. Falling skies started strong and it really fizzled out. It's as if the creators didn't know what to do with the series. A protracted war would be
Star Wars intergalactic language - where's the school???
A little bit of humor from the feeds today. This was a Saturday Night Live skit that was cut for time, but it's so awesome. How do those people far far away understand the bleeps, blops, and ooouuuuuuuaaaaa (my best text impression of Chewbacca)?
Saturday, Mar 3 2018 19:25 | Defiance, Entertainment, MMORPG, PC, Sci-Fi, shootEmUp, trailer, video games, VideoGames, XBOX
Looks like Defiance (the MMO) is getting an update. The updated version launches this summer and is called Defiance 2050. The television show took place starting in 2046, so I guess the developers might be moving the timeline a little forward (well, the show was 3 seasons long, so many it picks up the story after the show?). On the good side of things it seems like they are streamlining the
Review: The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek: The First 25 Years
Sunday, Feb 25 2018 18:21 | Books, Entertainment, goodreads, review, Sci-Fi, Social Media, Social Networks, StarTrek
The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek: The First 25 Years by Edward GrossMy rating: 4 of 5 stars An interesting look at the genesis of Star Trek, from before there was even Star Trek, through The Animated Series, through a few aborted concepts, to Star Trek VI. Told through the words of the people involved in the series, so there are multiple
Review: Mirror Images
Mirror Images by Scott TiptonMy rating: 4 of 5 stars An interesting look into how Mirror Kirk got to ascend to the captaincy - with an interlude of how Mirror Picard ascended to the captaincy as well. Definitely need more adventures of both of these mirror crews (TNG and TOS). Of course there is a big disconnect between the events of Mirror Universe in DS9 (empire has fallen I think)
Stargate Origins trailer
It seems that prequels are the new rage when it comes to sci-fi on TV. Here is the most recent trailer for Stargate: Origins (no...nothing to do with the Book of Origin and the Ori). It seems interesting, and hopefully it goes beyond to 10-12 mini episodes (10 minutes each) that it is originally planned to run. I still want them to do a post Universe show (maybe even go back to the Destiny!)
A little Monday morning humor from the Nerdist (on account of the Tarantino Trek rumors)
Review: The Secret History of Star Wars
Wednesday, Jan 24 2018 10:40 | Books, goodreads, review, Sci-Fi, Social Media, Social Networks, StarWars
The Secret History of Star Wars by Michael KaminskiMy rating: 3 of 5 stars This was an interesting book to read. I am much more of a Star Trek person than a Star Wars person, but it was interesting to see how the sausage was made. The key question that came to mind as I was listening to all the revisionist history of this franchise is this: Who really owns (in an intellectual non-commercial
Review: Star Trek: TNG: Mirror Broken #5
Saturday, Jan 20 2018 09:30 | Books, Comic Book, goodreads, review, Sci-Fi, Social Media, Social Networks, StarTrek
Star Trek: TNG: Mirror Broken #5 by Scott TiptonMy rating: 5 of 5 stars The six comic arc for this story was quite an interesting "pilot episode" for a Next Generation Mirror Universe crew. Picard starts from the Stargaze and...ummm...earns (?) his way onto commanding the I.S.S. Enterprise. This was an interesting glimpse into the Terran Empire at the time of the Next Generation, but it
The Trek that never was...
Over the years I've come across articles from a variety of sources on the web about Trek movies and TV series that were supposedly considered, proposed, or even explored, but never really saw the light of day. Some of them are on Memory Alpha, but some are not. From time to time I try to come up with some of these names as conversations bring them up, but I forget - so... I've gone through and
Star Trek TCTU ideas (part I)
Bring these back ;-)The other day I was thinking back to the 1990s and early 2000s when we had two or three star trek series going on at the same time. Man, that was entertaining ;-). The recent DC universe (Arrow, Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow) shows on the CW have made me ponder about what a Star Trek equivalent would be like (call it the TCTU - Trek Cinema and TV Universe -
Review: The Art of Language Invention: From Horse-Lords to Dark Elves, the Words Behind World-Building
Friday, Oct 20 2017 09:19 | audiobooks, Books, conlang, Defiance, goodreads, linguistics, review, Sci-Fi, Social Media, Social Networks
The Art of Language Invention: From Horse-Lords to Dark Elves, the Words Behind World-Building by David J. PetersonMy rating: 5 of 5 stars While I don't see myself conlanging any time soon, this was quite a fun read (and a pretty good book if you are interested in linguistics but don't know where to start!) There were quite a few examples from Game of Thrones (which I guess is the most
Review: Star Trek: Gold Key Archives Volume 1
Wednesday, Oct 4 2017 01:00 | Comic Book, goodreads, review, Sci-Fi, Social Media, Social Networks, StarTrek
Star Trek: Gold Key Archives Volume 1 by Arnold DrakeMy rating: 2 of 5 stars As a piece of cultural history this was OK. Some interesting stories, but they read more like the off-brand Kirk, Spock, and McCoy... Perhaps think of them as Kork, Speck, and McKay of the series called "Star Blazing" and you're good to enjoy without feeling weird about "space esperanto" and going to a different
Halo Wars | Done!
This past weekend (and after about 20 hours of playtime) I finished Halo Wars on the xbox 360. I've been kind of avoiding Halo Wars because it's an RTS game (real time strategy) and I haven't really gotten very much into an RTS since Warcraft II: The tides of darkness (which I played back in 1996 on my Performa 635). In this game, unlike most other Halo games, your protagonist is just a regular
Review: Legacies: Book #3: Purgatory's Key
Friday, Sep 15 2017 11:11 | audiobooks, Books, Entertainment, goodreads, review, Sci-Fi, Social Media, Social Networks, StarTrek
Legacies: Book #3: Purgatory's Key by Dayton WardMy rating: 4 of 5 stars This was the third in the "legacies" trilogy that I started reading this past summer. Fun book. I wouldn't say that the TOS crew is "my" crew (was introduced to Star Trek with TNG), but it was a fun novel to listen to (audiobook format), and it does give a bit more background into "number 1" (Majel Barrett's character
Review: Best Defense
Friday, Sep 8 2017 01:00 | audiobooks, Books, Entertainment, goodreads, novel, review, Sci-Fi, Social Networks, StarTrek
Best Defense by David MackMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Interesting continuation of Captain-to-Captain. I was unaware McCoy had any kids. Fascinating - as Spock would say. I find this alternate universe quite interesting. No hunger, no pain, no being tired...is it all in their minds? I know that Star Trek has explored the mirror universe (well, they just scratched the surface), but it would
Awesome, awesome, cross-over!
Monday, Aug 28 2017 01:30 | Assassins Creed, crossover, Sci-Fi, Social Networks, Stargate, video games, VideoGames
Last week on Reddit I came across this image, which makes for an interesting cross over between the Assassin's Creed universe and the Stargate University. The next game in the Assassin's Creed series hits the consoles this fall and (as the name suggests) it goes back to the start of the Assassins (and probably the Templars), and the aliens who posed as gods... The origins take place in Roman
Review: Star Trek Volume 1
Star Trek Volume 1 by Steve MolnarMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Both stories in this volume are titled after TOS episodes...which not surprisingly were comic adaptations of classic TOS episodes. As I was reading this collection I was getting mental images of the actual episodes and I was wondering why. I a quick stop at Memory Alpha told me why! Overall this was not bad, but I think I was
Star Trek Online, Season 14
With Star Trek Las Vegas upon us, STO has announced some really interesting stuff coming down the pike, including captain Georgi LaForge, revamped Galaxy-class ships, and TNG Skants! I think that last one made me smile uncontrollably ;-) The Lukari and the Kentari seem to be kissing and making up for past aggression, and the Jem Hadar are back! When I saw the trailer (below) yesterday I expected
Review: Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Gorn Crisis
Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Gorn Crisis by Kevin J. AndersonMy rating: 3 of 5 stars This was an OK graphic novel. The watercolor inspired art direction didn't really do much for me. It wasn't bad, it just was not something that I was drawn to as compared to other comics I've read. The story was also mediocre. I was expecting more in-depth Gorn lore, and it seemed like a very throw-away
New Discovery trailer
This one is from the recent San Diego comic con, for the upcoming Star Trek series. It seems interesting. While I do like Star Trek, and I will watch the broadcast pilot, I don't know if I am a hardcore-enough fan to shell out money for All Access. Just put it on Netflix and Hulu and be done with it :p. Looking at some of the consume designs, they seem pretty interesting, but
Review: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Hive
Wednesday, Jul 19 2017 02:00 | Comic Book, Entertainment, goodreads, review, Sci-Fi, Social Networks, StarTrek
Star Trek: The Next Generation - Hive by Brannon BragaMy rating: 4 of 5 stars An interesting post-nemesis cross-over between TNG crews and Titan (how else would you get Troy and Riker back?). The story is pre-JJ (where we already see B4 as having morphed into data), and this comic sets the stage for that to happen. A future Locutus, after the Borg have conquered everything, sends Data into
Review: Star Trek: Nero
Star Trek: Nero by Mike JohnsonMy rating: 4 of 5 stars An interesting filler graphic novel that tells us what happened to Nero and his crew between the time the went back in time, and when they started their psychotic trip to destroy the federation. Where did they get the Borg tech though for the Nereda? Did we ever find this out and I am just blocking it? Also, in the Kelvin-timeline,
Review: Star Trek: Starfleet Academy
Saturday, Jul 8 2017 09:58 | Comic Book, Entertainment, goodreads, Sci-Fi, Social Networking, StarTrek
Star Trek: Starfleet Academy by Mike JohnsonMy rating: 5 of 5 stars [SPOILERS] Quite an interesting adventure that kickstarts at least 2 new groups of crews in the Kelvin-timeline of Star Trek. I'd read more of this. The comic starts off with the TOS crew, when they were in their academy days (well Kirk, Spock, and Uhura...and a little bit of Chekov), but it really focuses mostly a new
I saw this the other day on AxaMonitor's facebook page, a trolling post from TampAxanar (a humorous reaction to the Axanar debacle?). I did smile a bit at the well deserve ribbing of Alec Peters, but there is still a part of me that wants to see the damned thing produced.
Review: Star Trek Classics: The Next Generation: Enemy Unseen
Star Trek Classics: The Next Generation: Enemy Unseen by Keith R.A. DeCandidoMy rating: 0 of 5 stars This was an interesting collection of Next Generation comics. There were some very odd stories in this collection where the story was more than a little odd, like having Picard and Troy being quite nimble and round-house some aliens in the jaw... The design of some aliens reminds me a little
Review: Legacies: Book 1: Captain to Captain
Legacies: Book 1: Captain to Captain by Greg CoxMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Quite an interesting kick off to the 50th anniversary novel special (if you'd call it that). This story deals with characters that were seen in the original pilot (the one that was never picked up), with Number One (Majel Barrett's character) coming to Kirk's enterprise to take a piece of tech that allow s for interdimentional
Chasing the infinite sky
I came across this (really short) fan film a few weeks ago but I had not had time to watch it up until now. The design aesthetic is definitely NuTrek, but that doesn't bother me. It does fit within the CBS/Paramount fan-film guidelines, and in doing so it really lacks much engagement.The more brutal star trek fans out there say that it sucks, for a variety of reasons, including that it's
Star Trek: Legacy by Patrick Collins
I came across this re-cut of Star Trek the Motion Picture using Daft Punk's soundtrack from Tron:Legacy. Pretty interesting!
STO summer event is upon us!
Next week the summer event starts in STO. Looks like a T6 Vorgon dreadnaught is the main prize (really wish I could get the first two summer ships that I never bothered getting....and not in a Phoenix pack!)
Tuesday, May 23 2017 12:55 | Books, fiction, goodreads, review, Sci-Fi, Social Networking, Social Networks
Armada by Ernest ClineMy rating: 5 of 5 stars I was looking forward to reading this book as soon as I discovered that it existed. I really liked "Ready Player One" and this book did not disappoint. The book has a ton of references to (mostly) 80s pop-culture and it indulges the conspiracy theorists that say that the government is preparing us for the imminent arrival of our alien foes.
The Orville - scifi humor!
The Orville is a scifi comedy show coming to FOX this coming fall. It being on FOX, if the show is any good it will most likely be cancelled (LOL), but I hope it's good and it stays on the air (if Family Guy is still on the air...then surely this must remain as well!)Many seem to be comparing it to Galaxy Quest, but I think the comparison is a bit off. Galaxy Quest was about actors playing
Review: The Butcher of Anderson Station
Saturday, May 13 2017 01:00 | Books, Entertainment, goodreads, review, Sci-Fi, Social Media, space, TheExpanse
The Butcher of Anderson Station by James S.A. CoreyMy rating: 5 of 5 stars Quite an interesting background story for Fred. I don't remember if I saw this on the TV show, I guess I need to rewatch. Sets up an interesting juxtaposition between Earth/Mars and the Belters, and provides some history for the Belters. View all my reviews
Drive by James S.A. CoreyMy rating: 5 of 5 stars Interesting short novella about the person who developed the propulsion systems used in this universe (and who is mentioned in passing in the first novel). Pretty good for a world-building - I hope there is more later on talking about the history of this verse and how the belt became the belt. View all my reviews
Review: The Churn
The Churn by James S.A. CoreyMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Interesting novella set in the Expanse universe about the criminal elements seen on Earth at the time that the expanse takes place. Some interesting stories which show elements of day to day life outside of the squeaky clean offices of the UN. Most of the book is about people not really mentioned in the regular books, but at the end Amos
Review: Leviathan Wakes
Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. CoreyMy rating: 5 of 5 stars I started reading this series because I am a fan of the show. I am amazed at how faithful the TV show is to the book. Having seen Season 1 of the show I was not really surprised at the story, but I have to say that the book adds depth to the television series (some things don't translate). Looking forward to reading more of this
Star Trek Online: Season 13 - Escalation
Tuesday, May 2 2017 01:30 | Entertainment, MMORPG, Sci-Fi, StarTrek, video games, VideoGames, Windows
Escalation hit the interwebs last week, and having played a bit this weekend it's not bad! The Smoke & Mirrors mission reminded me a little of Star Wars (the aesthetic), and a little bit of Captain Planet (the "don't mess up your planet by polluting, Kids!)I played a bit in the competitive warzone queues and the space one is definitely my favorite or the two. The ground missions (invisible
Most shocking moments of Colony this season? Here's a wrap-up in the video (spoilers). I can't believe that Bob is alive. The former proxy and current "I am out for myself" man Snyder is a wild card. Personally I think that he is more cunning that people give him credit for and I think he'll do the right thing in the end.So are they aliens? Humanoid AI? Aliens with
Star Trek First Frontier trailer
I came across this trailer for a fan film which seems to be following the Enterprise's first captain, Robert April. Looks interesting and well made. Wonder what the final one episode will look like :-)
Blade of Honor - Richard Hatch transmedia video
Tuesday, Apr 4 2017 09:48 | BattlestarGalactica, BladeofHonor, crowdfunding, kickstarter, Sci-Fi, space
What does it say that I am more excited about web series than what's coming on TV? Here is a clip of some promo/side material to promote Blade of Honor with Battlestar's original Apollo who passed away recently
First contact day is upon us!
Monday, Mar 27 2017 18:34 | Entertainment, Films, MMORPG, online, Sci-Fi, StarTrek, video games, VideoGames
I saw, on the the STO blog, that First Contact day is almost upon us! For the event, STO will be doing the following:Captains who participate will search the area for useful parts, just like Cochrane scavenged the pieces for the Phoenix. Using these parts in conjunction with a basic hull assembly, captains will make their own model of the Phoenix by combining engines, hull, and stabilizer parts found
Millenium | Done
Back in the last 90s there was a show on Fox, a spin-off of the X-Files, made by the same folks as the X-Files. If it wasn't a spin-off, it just took place in the same universe as the X-Files and the Lone Gunmen.[SPOILERS]I had started watching the series when it was originally on the air (you know, before DVR, streaming, and all that) back in 1996 but I wasn't really sure how much of the show I had
Runaway, a short film
Saturday, Mar 4 2017 11:58 | Entertainment, FanFilm, independent, kickstarter, Sci-Fi, StarTrek, youtube
One of the film related kickstarters that I had supported a while back released their film. I actually like it a lot, and it could easily fit into the Humans universe!Have a look, share far and wide :) And, if you like it, and are a Trek fan, have a look at Tommy's prior work (Star Trek Horizon)
Huzzah! More grinding!
Saturday, Jan 21 2017 01:00 | Entertainment, MMORPG, online, Sci-Fi, StarTrek, video games, VideoGames
That title is a bit heavy on the sarcasm ;-)A new season of Star Trek Online has been announced, coming to us on PCs next week. The new season, titled "reckoning",continues the Lukari story arc, introduces the Tzenkethi (of Animated fame?), and of course introduces a new reputation titled "the Lukari restoration initiative", with new traits and gear you can get.I'll most likely get the gear
Assassin's Creed (the movie) | a brief review
Last week I headed off to the movie theaters to see the new Assassin's Creed movie, which I have been waiting for with great excitement for a while (now, if only the Splinter Cell movie were to come out soon!). We also went during the day when there were only about 10 of us in the movie theater (seems like a waste, but I did like having more room to spread out, and if I laughed out-loud it wouldn't
Alphas | Done
One might think that my brain is rotting from too much TV these days ;-) I've been continuing on my quest to wrap up old TV shows that I had started to watch at one point or another, but I had either stopped watching, or they were cancelled and I had not read the comics that came out as continuations. This time around there is a show called Alphas. The show was on the SyFy network,
Woah! I don't often pay attention to the annual Free Comic Book Day (perhaps because I haven't really been reading comic-books regularly for the past 25 years), but this time around it seems like I can't miss it. IDW will be putting together Mirror Universe stories, and it looks the TNG will be getting the mirror universe treatment. Out of all the Star Trek series only TNG and Voyager
3D printing...a mild success...
The other day I decided to test out my university's maker space where they have a varied assortment of 3D printer sizes. I've always wanted to 3D print something...well...since I saw one at a conference, but I didn't have the opportunity up until recently. We've had the maker space for a while, but it hasn't been high on my priorities.So, now that the semester is coming to an end,
Art imitating life?
Saturday, Dec 10 2016 02:30 | Comic Book, comics, commentary, Entertainment, media, Sci-Fi, Society, StarTrek
I have been reading some Star Trek related literature and comic books over the past year (figured that there is plenty there to keep me entertained since there is no trek on TV...yet). I came across this in a comic book recently (I think it's from the Year Four missions):
For the Borg, secret santa didn't work out
Saw this on Savage Chickens the other day. It made me laugh ;-)
seaQuest DSV | Done
When I returned from Greece (back, a long long time ago...) a seaQuest DSV was a TV show that I happened to catch while channel surfing, but I never really watched it when it aired. Now with Netflix I thought it was a good time to catch up. Initially I called the show "underwater star trek" but with all the crazyness that the writers threw at the show I don't think it ended up being underwater
Nerf Herder (I don't wanna be no) - The Younglings
This song has been sticking around in my head these past few weeks (and I am not a huge Star Wars fan!)
Wednesday, Nov 2 2016 02:00 | Action, documentary, Entertainment, flight, Hitman, Movies, Sci-Fi, StarWars, vacation, video games, VideoGames
OK...yes...I am still talking about Spain even though I've been back for two weeks now ;-)ID4: 2I am catching up on some things that I wanted to blog about while I was away - namely in-flight entertainment. Heading over to Europe is usually sleep-time on the plane, so I don't get to see a ton of movies, but coming back we're going back in time (so to speak) and that allows for some additional
Adieu SWTOR & Defiance, hello WoW
In the most recent lootcrate there was a code for World of Warcraft, for all expansions (up until the most recent Legion expansion that just hit) and a month's worth of free playtime. With my hard drive a bit short on space I made the decision to get rid of Defiance and SWTOR and try to recoup some space for the 40Gb installation of World of Warcraft. After a couple of days of trying to
Revolution story wrap up - a bit of a let-down
Tuesday, Sep 6 2016 02:00 | Comic Book, Entertainment, netflix, revolution, Sci-Fi, Television, youtube
[Spoilers] Recently I found the series of four digital comics which wrap up the television series Revolution which I has been watching on Netflix (see related post from a week or so ago). The second season ended in a bit of a cliffhanger, so the story was just dangling out there. The linked video on youtube is a commentary by the writers on the first comic book.So, what happens in
Star Trek Discovery: 10 years before Kirk
Wednesday, Aug 17 2016 02:00 | Books, Entertainment, novel, online, rumor, Sci-Fi, StarTrek, Television
This past week the rumor, or leak, is that the new Star Trek series (Discovery) will take place 100 years after Enterprise, and 10 years before the original series. I've seen a lot of "bah! humbug"-ing in the various facebook Trek groups I follow (mostly because of fan films). It seems that most people would prefer something set in the post-Voyager and post-Nemesis era, which
Television rewind: Revolution [spoilers]
Tuesday, Aug 16 2016 10:43 | Action, Cancellations, Comic Book, Entertainment, NBC, Sci-Fi, Television
Another of the TV shows that I caught up on (thanks Netflix!) is a show that aired a few years ago called Revolution. The series kicks off with someone coming home and instructing their family to fill up all empty containers with fresh water, fill the tub, fill the sinks, and so on. He looks at this pendant he's got and...power goes off! Oh snap!Flash forward to 15 (or so) years after the power
Star Trek Beyond thoughts
Last week I went to see the new Star Trek movie in the theater, called Star Trek Beyond. Oh yeah - spoilers ahead - you've been warned :-)So anyway, prior to going to see it I heard from some that it was so-so and I heard from others that loved it. I was prepared to be disappointed but I actually liked this film a lot! The saddest part of the film was watching Anton Yelchin on screen as
Here's the new ship --> NCC 1031
The ship for the upcoming Star Trek TV series (Star Trek Discovery) has been announced at comic con this year! Given its ship registry (NCC 1031) it seems like this series will be taking place before the original series. Wonder if we're going to be seeing the beginnings of Captain April...The ship, the Discovery, seems a little reminiscent of the ship designs for Phase II - the Star Trek
Stargate Atlantis comic out!
A while back, on Kickstarter, I had seen a campaign to fund a continuation of Stargate: Atlantis. I was intrigued, but the campaign had already ended. The other day, while browsing the sci-fi section of my local comic book store, I saw the first issue of this comic out. I don't generally buy comics in their "floppy" form, and I opt instead of buying collections that are more in book
Independence Day humor
A little humor in comic strip form about the movie Independence Day 2
Star Trek Beyond: trailer 2
Now THIS trailer looks way better than the first one! Of course the main question in my mind is this: If the Enterprise gets destroyed in this one, what will the NCC 1701-A look like? ;-) And, will it come with new uniforms, sort of like Wrath of Khan, or will they go in an alternative direction? Imagine if they went sort of like the uniforms that they (almost) used in Star Trek:
Renegades on final approach
Seems like the whole Paramount/CBS Lawsuit vs. Axanar is having additional ripple effects (at least that's my take on it). Along with the two cancelled fan productions I mentioned last week, Star Trek Renegades posted to the Kickstarter announcements yesterday some bittersweet news. First, they will be making both episode 2 and episode 3 (now called Part I and II of the episode), even though
"The War of 1996” | A United World News Special
I love this Independence Day sequel promo. Looks and feels like a news reporting segment. It gets you immersed into the alternative reality of the world. Can't wait for the movie to hit theaters!
Star Trek Online: Agents of Yesterday
Woah! The third major expansion to star trek online has been announced! Taking advantage of the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, Star Trek Online is doing a TOS themed expansion. This sounds pretty exciting as players can start a character from the start and explore strange new worlds through that lens. One of the starter packs also comes packed with ships from the TOS era, as well as some
Adieu Federation Rising...
Not very fresh news, but it seems that Federation Rising, the sequel to the Star Trek fan film "Horizon" has been mothballed. There was a lot of excitement about this but it seems that CBS's lawyers advised Tommy Kraft (the creator) to not pursue this project - assuming that the Axanar case is pending, and won't have its day in court until spring 2017... So...the count down has reached zero on the
Star Trek / Robotech Crosover
The other day I was browsing pintrest, which now gives me recommendation on various things Trek and space-based Sci-Fi. I came across some fan art on a Valkyrie class attack ship which reminded me a lot of the Macross Saga (aka Robotech). Now that would be an interesting crossover!
Star Trek Noise Machine!
Woah! This must be an April fool's joke, but I want one! ;-)
Captain Pike, where are you?
It's been a while since we've heard any peeps from the Captain Pike star trek fan film. That's the one thing I dislike about crowdfunded stuff (even if I don't contribute to it) - the lack of information or progress reports. It would be nice to know that the people behind it are still chugging along - even at a slow pace.
Leadership in Trek
I was looking around the web to see if I can find anything on the Leadership in the fictitious universe of Star Trek. It was more of a tangential thing, a "cool to have" for my leadership portfolio for my EdD course. Hey, if you can't incorporate pop culture into school, what sort of fun can you have? ;-) I came across this video from Forbes. Wonder if there is something out
Star Trek Farragut - new episode out
The Crossing, which I think is the penultimate episode of Star Trek Farragut (or is it Starship Farragut?) is now available on YouTube! And, guess what? It's a mirror universe episode! Can you tell I like the mirror universe cross-overs? ;-)I am wondering if their next endeavor is going to use the Wrath of Khan style uniforms, or if they are going with those funky 70s inspired Motion Picture
The problem with the transporter...
This came across my feeds last week Very interesting philosophical question - which I think was also addressed by MetaTreks on trek.fm in one of their first episodes (but with the enterprise rather than a human being transported)
Last week, purely by chance, I was looking to see if there were any Defiance earth republic (erep) hats or insignia on eBay. It's a show I like and having played at least some of Dark Metamorphosis on the MMO, I thought that maybe someone had created a replica of the Hellbug Combat Cap headgear that you can get in-game (hey Trion - real world merch for in-game items - killer idea! ;-) ).Anyway,
Ghostbusters 2016 trailer looks great! :)
I had my doubts about the New Ghostbusters film (mostly because I thought they were going with the old ghostbusters just rehashed), but this seems like it's going to be a really good film picking up from where the original quartet left off! Can't wait to see it :-)
Star Trek Horizon is out!
Friday, Mar 4 2016 03:00 | BattlestarGalactica, crowdfunding, FanFilm, MMORPG, online, Sci-Fi, space, Stargate, StarTrek, Video, video games, VideoGames, youtube
[SPOILERS - if you have not see it yet, go see it] A couple of summers ago, while driving around in Greece, I was listening to Trek.fm (best time to try new podcasts is when you are driving a lot!) In one of their shows (the continuing mission) they explore fan made productions that continue the stories set in the Trek universe - and Star Trek Horizon was one of these productions.After a long time
Friday, Feb 19 2016 04:30 | #metanastis, Entertainment, Hulu, netflix, Sci-Fi, Stargate, StarTrek, Television, timetravel
Recently I finished watching the show Quantum Leap. The show ran from 1989 to 1993, which means that I barely missed it when I returned to the US, and no television channel was showing it in Greece prior to that. However, it was one of those shows that was referenced by the teachers when I was in high school, and by others in general society. This means that I also missed any references made to that
Trying out SWTOR
Jedi KnightJust before the Christmas break I decided to give Star Wars: The Old Republic a try. I am definitely much more of a Star Trek fan, but I decided to give this game a try anyway. It is free-to-play, so this was definitely a draw. The game takes place a long long long time ago, in a galaxy far far far away. As a player you have the ability to pick from six classes:
Star Wars characters as Calvin & Hobbes
Something found on social media recently, Brian Kesinger has drawn up some of the new Star Wars characters in Calvin & Hobbes style :-) Pretty cool for those who love C&H :-)
Star Wars Engineer
Wednesday, Jan 6 2016 05:30 | engineering, Facebook, Humor, physics, Sci-Fi, Social Media, StarWars, Video, youtube
Seems like this is one of the things that is popular this week on the internet: The Death Star Engineer giving a speech - or rather an explanation - of why his design was sound, and it was only because "magic space wizards" were involved that it blew up ;-) Pretty funny if you ask me :-)
The new star wars ain't bad!
While I am not a huge Star Wars fan, episode VII (The Force Awakens) seemed like an interesting film from the trailer so on new year's day Kristin and I were off to see it in IMAX 3D. Prior to this I had seem some of the previous films. From the original trilogy I'd give a new hope 3 stars, empire strikes back 4 stars, and return of the Jedi 3 stars. From the prequels the Phantom Menace
Star Trek Wars (mashup)
Just something making the rounds on facebook these days... Funny or enraging? ;-)
Star Trek Beyond - first trailer
Tuesday, Dec 15 2015 10:58 | Entertainment, Facebook, Films, Movies, Sci-Fi, StarTrek, trailer, youtube
Well, the first trailer for Beyond is out... and it looks like Mission Impossible in Space. It's not that it's bad. I like the trailer - but it' just very generic looking. It looks like a generic, space, action movie that just happens to have the Star Trek logos and crew in it.Maybe other trailers in the future will be more indicative of what the movie is actually about.
Terminator timelines explained
Another youtube find. This one explains the the timelines. No explanation of where the Sarah Connor Chronicles fit in though... As Janeway said - time travel gives me a headache ;-) Video curtesy of "New Rockastars" on youtube.
Terminator Genisys Easter Eggs
Even though the movie has been out for a while, I just came across this video of terminator references in the most recent Terminator movie :-) Courtesy of "New Rockstars" on Youtube
Captain Pike (Kickstarter #2)
Tuesday, Nov 17 2015 04:00 | crowdfunding, Entertainment, FanFilm, Films, Sci-Fi, StarTrek, Television
Seems like Captain Pike is back, with a second kickstarter (or is it an indiegogo campaign?) going to finish off episode 1. It looks quite promising, and it's the second fan film (or independent Star Trek production in case people are offended by the term 'fan film') that takes a character from the original Trek series, that we've seen once on screen, and getting their back story. Wonder how
I was meaning for that to sound a bit like the iconic "khaaaaaan" yell, but oh well - fell flat a bit. Not talking about Nim Chimpsky here, the famous chimp from the language study at Columbia, but rather Num Shandu, the Castithan general who lead the charge on Defiance (and lost). Seems like he needed some cybernetics in order to get him back to working order again. In any case,
New Dawn - Initial impressions
Kinda stinks to be both sick and have a ton of homework when new content arrives for games that you like to play, but oh well - such is life :) This past week Season 11 of Star Trek Online was released with new exploratory content, previous chapter revamps, a new reputation system, and some new PvE queues. I haven't had much time to dive in to play, but I did get some chance to go in and
Πειρατεία και κουραφέξαλα...
Saturday, Jan 20 2007 20:52 | #foveros, Sci-Fi, Ελληνικά, Μαλακίες, Νομικά, Τεχνολογία, Τηλεόραση, Ψυχαγωγία, πολιτικά
Υπάρχουν μερικά προγράμματα στην τηλεόραση που μου αρέσουν αρκετά, δύο από αυτά τα προγράμματα είναι τα Stargate: SG-1 και Stargate Atlantis - ναι μου αρέσουν οι σειρές επιστημονικής φαντασίας - πρόσφατα άρχισα να βλέπω τα νέα Dr. Who. Το
Για όσους δεν το έχουν ηδη δει
Ο Jonathan Frakes (Commander Riker στο Star Trek) είναι την ίδια ηλικία με τον πατέρα μου.