Category Archives: SciFi

Box Review: Powered Geek Box – November 2015

Powered Geek Box

Powered Geek Box (formerly Power Up Box) is a geek subscription box featuring epic gifts for nerds, geeks and gamers. Our subscription box service delivers great gear and novelty items from big names like DC Comics, Marvel, Nintendo, Star Wars and Capcom right to your doorstep every month. Treat yourself to our geek subscribe box service or send it as a gift.

Powered Geek Box has two subscription box options: Deluxe (4-6 items) for $19.95 plus s/h per month or Premium (6-9 items) for $29.95 plus s/h per month. Plans are cheaper if you buy more than one month at a time.

This box was sent to for review.

Powered Geek Box

There are no themes for this box right now.

Powered Geek Box

Dr Who Adipose Funko POP! (Retail $8.43) – I’m not a Dr Who fan, but this POP is super cute.

Tetris Magnets (Retail $9.99) – OK, I think these could become addictive. Love it.

Powered Geek Box

Guinness World Records Build Your Own Flying UFOs (Retail $10.32) – I plan on putting this in my nephew’s stocking, but I think I’ll be “helping” him… aka playing with it too.

Stress Controller (Retail $6.95) – This is a cute stress ball substitute that retro gamers will enjoy.

Powered Geek Box

Family Guy Drinking Dice Game (Retail $5.78) – This would make a fun gag gift or white elephant.

Touch Control Joystick for Touchscreens (Retail $8.17) – I’ve included an image of the back so you can see what this is. It looks like this clever little joystick will work with any touchscreen device.

Filler candy – always welcome!

Powered Geek Box

Powered Geek Box

GI Joe Cobra Commander Tshirt (Retail $10?) – I LOVE this shirt, and I’m not even a huge GI Joe fan – though I have seen even the worst of the bad movies. The only negative, is that the print is lopsided on the shirt. Notice the larger gap on the right than left side of the design. It wont stop me from wearing it, I’m sure – but it is unfortunate.

Summary: This was another fun and unique mystery box from Powered Geek Box. And the value was great. I like that they don’t stick to the same mold as some of the other geek boxes, yet I’d still like to see a theme.

SciFi Book Review: Ten Thousand Skies Above You

Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray

Ever since she used the Firebird, her parents’ invention, to cross through to alternate dimensions, Marguerite has caught the attention of enemies who will do anything to force her into helping them dominate the multiverse—even hurt the people she loves. She resists until her boyfriend, Paul, is attacked, and his consciousness is scattered across multiple dimensions.

The hunt for each splinter of Paul’s soul sends Marguerite racing through a war-torn San Francisco, the criminal underworld of New York City, and a glittering Paris where another Marguerite hides a shocking secret. Each dimension brings Marguerite one step closer to rescuing Paul. But with every trial she faces, she begins to question the one constant she’s found between the worlds: their love for each other.

Following events in A Thousand Pieces of You, Paul tries to find a cure for his friend in another dimension. But Paul is attacked by an individual who wants something from Marguerite in return. And Marguerite is forced with an ethical dilemma as she races to find and heal Paul. But Paul also isn’t the same man she knows in every dimension.

Ten Thousand Skies Above You is a fast-paced, suspenseful sequel that is nearly impossible to put down. Gray has created a unique and incredible universe of multi-dimensions and vivid characters. This scifi romance is full of mystery, intrigue, and surprising twists. Intensity builds to a big cliffhanger ending that will leave readers impatient for the next installment.

Box Review: Nerd Block Classic – November 2015

Nerd Block

Nerd Block Classic “contains licensed merchandise, hand-picked by our team of uber-nerds representing all genres from movies, television, video games, internet, and more!” The price is $19.99 plus shipping per month.

Nerd Block Classic

Nerd Block Classic

Back to the Nightmare Tshirt (Retail $10?) – This Nightmare Before Christmas/Back to the Future mashup isn’t great. I’m generally not a big fan of mashups, and this one really doesn’t work.

Nerd Block Classic

Sherlock Exclusive Vinyl Figure (Retail $24.49 on Amazon) – I’ve never seen the show, and I’m sure I’d like it if I did – but I don’t collect the Titan vinyl figures… So this will be finding a new home.

Nerd Block Classic

Star Wars Mini Calendar (Retail $7.99) – This, I may actually keep – or give as a stocking stuffer to my niece or nephew.

Bill Murray Print (Retail n/a)- I’m at a loss. Not sure why this is a part of a “nerd” box. It’s definitely not for me.

Nerd Block Classic

Griswold Moose Mug Acrylic Shotglass (Retail $7.49) – This will make a great White Elephant gift! Too funny. But nothing I’d ever keep around.

Exclusive Firefly Ornament (Retail $20+) – I already have a much nicer, pewter Serenity ornament. This is “chrome” – fragile and lighter-weight, without near the amount of detail that my other one has. So this was a bit of a disappointment, as I do love Firefly.

Summary: This month was a huge disappointment. Everything was so random. Not one thing made this box worthwhile. They really need to stick with a theme each box so people know to skip a month, rather than just cancelling. I’m just cancelling this Classic Block. It’s funny how it just takes one bad box to ruin the subscription. I hope the SciFi Block keeps my interest.

Next month’s spoilers:

Nerd Block Classic
Nerd Block Classic

I love Star Wars and Star Trek, but too little, too late. I’m sure Smuggler’s Bounty will give me my Star Wars fix every other month.

SciFi Book Review: Made to Kill

Made to Kill by Adam Christopher

Raymond Electromatic is good at his job, as good as he ever was at being a true Private Investigator, the lone employee of the Electromatic Detective Agency – except for Ada, office gal and super-computer, the constant voice in Ray’s inner ear. Ray might have taken up a new line of work, but money is money, after all, and he was programmed to make a profit. Besides, with his twenty-four-hour memory-tape limits, he sure can keep a secret.

When a familiar-looking woman arrives at the agency wanting to hire Ray to find a missing movie star, he’s inclined to tell her to take a hike. But she had the cold hard cash, a demand for total anonymity, and tendency to vanish on her own.

Plunged into a glittering world of fame, fortune, and secrecy, Ray uncovers a sinister plot that goes much deeper than the silver screen – and this robot is at the wrong place, at the wrong time.

Ray is the last of his kind – a robot. He and Ada solve crimes for the right price, as well as a secret darker pursuit. As Ray hunts down a missing man, he uncovers an incredible conspiracy.

Made to Kill is a unique, scifi noir novel. It’s a Raymond Chandler mystery crossed with an alternate history where robotics and artificial intelligence were developed in the early 20th century. Ray is a robot full of personality. And the setting is a captivating early Hollywood. The mystery is a wild ride that is unpredictable and full of suspense. It’s a shorter read at 240 pages, but a lot is packed into this fast-paced story. I would love to see more books about Raymond Electromatic – I thoroughly enjoyed him.

Book Giveaway: Inherit The Stars

Courtesy of Roc, I have a copy of Inherit The Stars by Tony Peak for one (1) lucky winner!

Contest is open to US residents only. No PO Boxes please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends November 20. I’ll draw a name on November 21, and notify winner via email.


Good luck!

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Convention Spotlight: Starbase Indy


I don’t attend many SciFi conventions, but Starbase Indy is one near and dear to my heart. It was one of the very first I ever attended. And it’s local and still keeps the smaller, fan-run feel that makes for a more intimate con-going experience.

More about Starbase Indy:
“The Voyage Home” for Starbase Indy returns the fan-run science fiction
convention to the place where it began back in 1988 – the Wyndham
Indianapolis West
, 2544 Executive Drive. During the extended Thanksgiving
weekend, Nov. 27-29, look for a stellar lineup of guests from Star Trek,
Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, Alien Nation,
and Once Upon a Time.

However, seeing stars isn’t the only option at Starbase Indy;
convention-goers can delve into the hard sciences with panels and workshops
on astronomy, forensics and other topics. New to the convention world?
Newcomers can check out the “Conventions for Newbies” panel, while other
sessions will explore popular culture such as DC movies and the TV series
Game of Thrones.

Bring the children along as well. While adults attend panels or browse the
Dealers’ Room, Starbase Indy will feature “CSI for Kids” and other special
family programming.

Other weekend festivities will include a Star Trek-based musical group (Five
Year Mission) and a screening of the 2014 hit movie, Guardians of theGalaxy. Back again will be Artemis, the popular multi-player networked game
that puts players aboard a starship. As for the Dealers’ Room, it contains
out-of-this world merchandise that provides a great alternative to Black
Friday shopping.

Guest stars at Starbase Indy 2015 will be Jeffrey Combs (Shran the Andorian,
Enterprise), Natalija Nogulich (Adm. Nechayev, Star Trek: The Next
Generation), Beverley Elliott (Granny, Once Upon a Time), Lee Arenberg
(Grumpy, Once Upon a Time), Jay Acovone (Maj. Kawalsky, Stargate SG-1), Eric
Pierpoint (Det. Francisco, Alien Nation), Ona Grauer (Emily Young, SGU
Stargate Universe), and Chris Nowland (Partner, Arrow).

They will dine with attendees at the Dinner for the Stars – special
registration required – and some stars will perform during the event.
During the weekend, convention-goers also can unwind at the con suite, where
they can chat with fellow fans and enjoy some munchies.

If Project Runway holds a certain fascination, Starbase Indy has its own
variation with a masquerade where attendees strut their stuff across the
stage in science fiction gear. Attendees are encouraged, but not required,
to dress as their favorite characters during the weekend. One note about the
stage – it’s not your typical backdrop. It looks like the bridge of the
U.S.S. Enterprise, complete with sliding doors for entry onto the bridge.

Starbase Indy supports three charities: Cats Haven, a no-kill shelter;
LUNGevity Foundation, which funds lung cancer research and provides an
online support community; and the Jason Foundation, an educational
foundation dedicated to the awareness and prevention of youth suicide.

Registration is $50 for the entire weekend; at-the-door registration for the
full three days will be $55. Children under 12 are free. Daily rates are
available at the door: $30 for Friday, $45 for Saturday and $35 for Sunday.
For more information or to register, go to It’s a
convention run by fans, for fans.

SciFi Book Review: The Ark

The Ark by Patrick S Tomlinson

Humankind has escaped a dying Earth and set out to find a new home among the stars aboard an immense generation spaceship, affectionately named the Ark. Bryan Benson is the Ark’s greatest living sports hero, enjoying retirement working as a detective in Avalon, his home module. The hours are good, the work is easy, and the perks can’t be beat.

But when a crew member goes missing, Benson is thrust into the centre of an ever-expanding web of deception, secrets, and violence that overturns everything he knows about living on the Ark and threatens everyone aboard. As the last remnants of humanity hurtle towards their salvation, Benson finds himself in a desperate race to unravel the conspiracy before a madman turns mankind’s home into its tomb.

Bryan Benson is a detective on a ship with very few violent crimes. So when a man goes missing, Benson is one of the few who believes he was murdered. And as the colony ship nears their new home planet, a group of separatists have their own agenda.

The Ark blends two of my favorite genres – science fiction and mystery. The story is well-paced and exciting. The mystery is unpredictable and complex. There are plenty of twists and turns that keep readings guessing. And the setting is like a character all its own. I love “wagon train to the stars” stories, and this is no exception. Mystery and scifi fans alike will enjoy this exciting novel.