Orphans of the Sky – Adopting Ideas

Orphans of the Sky Author: Robert A. Heinlein Publisher: Signet Books Published: 1965 Page Count: 128 Purchase on Amazon: Price Varies   Cruising through the blackness of space to Centaurus, a mutiny among the crew erupts on the colonization spaceship Vanguard. The conflict leaves no one left alive with the knowledge to continue the mission….

Planet of the Apes – Variation on a Theme

The book was better than the film. How many times have you heard that? A lot I bet. When a book translates into another medium like films it becomes restrained by budget, run times, practical effects, and other factors. The story is usually altered to fit the medium. In the case of Planet of the…

Starship – A Non-stop Trip to Inspiration

Starship (Original Title: Non-stop) Author: Brian Aldiss Publisher: Avon Books Reprinted: 1969 Page Count: 224 Purchase on Amazon: Price Varies Starship or by its first published title Non-stop (1958) is about a group of humans living on a generation ship after dozens upon dozens of generations have gone by. In the story, the inhabitants no longer…

Fiction Review: Time And Again

That the sending of this should cause the Destruction by Fire of the entire World seems well-nigh incredible. Yet it is so, and the Fault and the Guilt mine, and can never be denied or escaped. So, with this wretched souvenir of that Event before me, I now end the life which should have ended…

The Long Afternoon of Earth — Heating Up Your Gaming Session

The Long Afternoon of Earth (Original Title: Hothouse) Author: Brian Aldiss Publisher: Signet Books Reprinted: 1962 Page Count: 192 Purchase on Amazon: Price Varies Far into the future the Earth no longer spins on its axis. It sits in a fixed position with half covered in perpetual sun and other cloaked in darkness. It’s orbiting…

Late Night T.V. Inspiration – Fantastic Planet

Fantastic Planet Directed by René Laloux 1973 Growing up I used to spend a lot of time in front of the T.V. especially late at night. Late one night, sometime in the ’80s, I was watching an odd show on the USA Network called Night Flight. Night Flight started late in the night and ran…

Uncomfortable Silence in Space — A Review of “Mothership Sci-fi RPG: Player’s Survival Guide”

Mothership Sci-fi RPG: Player’s Survival Guide Author & Illustrator: Sean McCoy Editor: Jarrett Crader Published by: Tuesday Knight Games Page Count: 44 Available Formats: PDF (DTRPG) – PWYW In the cold vacuum of space, teams of profiteers make their livelihoods by exploring and scavenging among stars. Traveling aboard spacecraft mostly in cryosleep while in transit to their next destination….

Calling All Sci-Fi Game Writers & Artists

Our friend, Chris Spivey, over at Darker Hue Studios who’s leading the charge for Chaosium’s new Sci-Fi gaming line is looking for creative types. If you’re a Sci-Fi gaming writing or artist, this is a great opportunity to get in on the ground floor. He’s particularly interested in creative folks from all backgrounds, he’s an…

Star Wars Franchise Leaves A Diehard Fan Out in the Cold

I am not and have never been a huge fan of Star Wars, but I respect folks and their passion for franchises like Star Wars. So, when a friend, whose opinion I value, posted the following on Facebook, I found it enlightening. I have copied his post in full (with permission). The opinions expressed below…

IF Magazine Now Available at the Internet Archive

Sci-Fi fans rejoice! IF Magazine is now available in all it’s Sci-Fi glory through Archive.org. “If was an American science fiction magazine launched in March 1952 by Quinn Publications, owned by James L. Quinn. The magazine was moderately successful though it was never regarded as one of the first rank of science fiction magazines. It achieved…