Category Archives: SciFi

Box Review: TeeBlox – February 2017

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TeeBlox is a t-shirt subscription service that brings 100% authentic licensed geek and gamer shirts to your doorsteps every month. No hidden fees. Cancel anytime. Satisfaction Guaranteed.”

Get 1 shirt and 2 other items starting at $12.99/mo and use code: SCIFICHICK24 to get 24% off your first month!

Subscribers can pick from the following categories: SciFi, Marvel, DC Comics, Cartoons, Movies and TV, Games, Hot Meex, or Disney!

*SciFiChick.com received a box for review purposes.

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Star Wars Shirt – This is an iconic scene of Luke vs. Vader that I love. I’m not excited it’s another black shirt, but the silhouette does look cool.

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Comic and Pin – Squadron Sinister Comic and Captain America pin. It’s more of an obscure team with characters I’ve never heard of, but I’ll try it out.

Summary: This is another great shirt design and different comic. And the shirts are always nice quality. If you need to replenish your geek wardrobe with nice quality tees, look no further.

Remember, use code: SCIFICHICK24 to get 24% off your first month!

SciFi Book Review: Star Trek: The Next Generation: Headlong Flight

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Headlong Flight by Dayton Ward

Synopsis:
Surveying a nebula as part of their continuing exploration of the previously uncharted “Odyssean Pass,” Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the Starship Enterprise encounter a rogue planet. Life signs are detected on the barren world’s surface, and then a garbled message is received: a partial warning to stay away at all costs. Determined to render assistance, Picard dispatches Commander Worf and an away team to investigate, but their shuttlecraft is forced to make an emergency landing on the surface—moments before all contact is lost and the planet completely disappears.

Worf and his team learn that this mysterious world is locked into an unending succession of random jumps between dimensions, the result of an ambitious experiment gone awry. The Enterprise crewmembers and the alien scientists who created the technology behind this astonishing feat find themselves trapped, powerless to break the cycle. Meanwhile, as the planet continues to fade in and out of various planes of existence, other parties have now taken notice…

Review:
Captain Picard and the crew of the Enterprise can’t let a mystery go. So, when they receive a message saying to stay away because of a dangerous situation – of course they have to get closer and investigate. Worf and his away team are soon trapped with the alien inhabitants and discover they are jumping among several alternate realities and times.

Headlong Flight is another great installment by Ward. The storyline is fun and unpredictable. And a crew from an alternate reality provides some nostalgia and several surprises. This was a fast-paced novel with plenty of adventure, suspense, familiar characters, and Romulan antagonists. I can’t get enough of time travel in science fiction, so pairing that with alternate reality jumps, made for a highly enjoyable read.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on Digital HD March 24 and Blu-ray April 4!

Star Wars fans, rejoice!

From Press Release: “Announced today on The Star Wars Show and StarWars.com, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” will be coming home on Digital HD on March 24th and Blu-ray on April 4th. This news comes on the heels of the start of production announcement of the untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story. “Rogue One” has established its place within the Star Warsuniverse and the hearts of moviegoers, becoming the seventh highest-grossing film of all time in the U.S.

Arriving early on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on March 24, and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and On-Demand on April 4, the release includes never-before-seen “Rogue One” bonus material that will take fans behind the scenes with the movie’s diverse, dynamic cast and inspired team of filmmakers. An intimate collection of stories reveals how the film came to life, as well as hidden Easter Eggs and film facts that audiences may have missed in the theater.

Bonus features include*:
• A Rogue Idea – Hear how ILM’s John Knoll came up with the movie’s concept – and why it’s the right film to launch the Star Wars stand-alone films.
• Jyn: The Rebel – Get to know Rogue One’s defiant, resourceful survivor, and hear what it was like for Felicity Jones to bring her to life onscreen.
• Cassian: The Spy – Diego Luna shares insights into his complex, driven character, who becomes a hero through selflessness, perseverance and passion.
• K-2SO: The Droid – Explore the development of this reprogrammed Imperial droid, from initial pitch and character design through Alan Tudyk’s performance.
• Baze & Chirrut: Guardians of the Whills – Go deeper into the relationship between these two very different characters, with Chinese superstars Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen.
• Bodhi & Saw: The Pilot & The Revolutionary – Forest Whitaker and Riz Ahmed reflect on Saw Gerrera, the broken Rebel leader, and Bodhi Rook, the Imperial pilot who defects.
• The Empire – Meet a dangerous new Imperial adversary…and cross paths once more with the most iconic villain of all time.
• Visions of Hope: The Look of “Rogue One” – The filmmakers describe the challenges and thrills of developing a bold new look for the movie that can fit within the world of the original trilogy.
• The Princess & The Governor – See what it took to bring the vibrant young princess of “Star Wars: A New Hope” – as well as one of her most memorable foes– – back to the screen.
• Epilogue: The Story Continues – Filmmakers and cast celebrate Rogue One’s premiere and look forward into the future, to the Star Wars stories yet to be told.
• Rogue Connections – Uncover Easter eggs and film facts hidden throughout the movie that connect “Rogue One” to the Star Wars universe.
* Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer. ”

SciFi Book Review: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale

Synopsis:
WHO RUNS THE WORLD? SQUIRRELS! Fourteen-year-old Doreen Green moved from sunny California to the suburbs of New Jersey. She must start at a new school, make new friends, and continue to hide her tail. Yep, Doreen has the powers of . . . a squirrel! After failing at several attempts to find her new BFF, Doreen feels lonely and trapped, liked a caged animal. Then one day Doreen uses her extraordinary powers to stop a group of troublemakers from causing mischief in the neighborhood, and her whole life changes. Everyone at school is talking about it! Doreen contemplates becoming a full-fledged Super Hero. And thus, Squirrel Girl is born! She saves cats from trees, keeps the sidewalks clean, and dissuades vandalism. All is well until a real-life Super Villain steps out of the shadows and declares Squirrel Girl his archenemy. Can Doreen balance being a teenager and a Super Hero? Or will she go . . . NUTS?

Review:
Doreen is a sweet and naive girl, just trying to make some new friends in her new school. But besides her different personality, she also hides a big secret – she has a big, bushy tail and can talk to squirrels. I’m a big fan of the comics, so I couldn’t wait to check out this novel.

Squirrel Meets World is a quirky and fun book, very similar to the comics – even including comments at the bottom of every page. The plot is very predictable, but it is written for a younger audience. And it only reinforces how sweet and innocent Squirrel Girl is. My favorite parts were when she messaged various Avengers as well as Rocket Raccoon for advice. The humor makes this series standout. Fans of all ages will enjoy this fun-filled adventure.

SciFi Book Review: Assassin’s Creed: Last Descendants

Assassin’s Creed: Last Descendants by Matthew J Kirby

Synopsis:
Nothing in Owen’s life has been right since his father died in prison, accused of a crime Owen is certain he didn’t commit. Monroe, the IT guy at school, might finally bring Owen the means to clear his father’s name by letting him use an Animus-a device that lets users explore genetic memories buried within their own DNA. During a simulation, Owen comes uncovers the existence of a powerful relic long considered a legend-the Trident of Eden. Now two secret organizations will stop at nothing to take possession of this artifact-the Brotherhood of Assassins and the Templar Order. It becomes clear the only way to save himself is to find the Trident first.

Under the guidance of Monroe, Owen and a group of other teenagers go into a memory they all share within their DNA: the 1863 Draft Riots in New York City. Owen and his companions will find themselves tested on the violent streets of New York, and their experiences in the past will have far-reaching consequences in the present.

Review:
After his father is imprisoned, Owen and his mother moved in with his grandparents – who constantly remind him of his father’s failure. But Owen has always believed in his father innocence. So, when he has a chance to use an Animus, he jumps at the chance in order to find out the truth of the past.

Last Descendants is the first in a young adult series by Matthew J Kirby. I’m not a gamer, but I know the series from books and the movie. I’m also a fan of the author’s other novels, so I was excited to check out this novel. I really enjoyed the characters – the teens were diverse and engaging. And the sub-story during 1863 was even more exciting and action-packed. The climactic ending leaves of on a cliffhanger that makes me eager to pick up the next in the series. Teens and adult fans of Assassin’s Creed will enjoy this fun, new series from a talented writer.

SciFi Book Review: The X-Files Origins: Agent of Chaos

The X-Files Origins: Agent of Chaos by Kami Garcia

Synopsis:
How did Fox Mulder become a believer?

In the spring of 1979, seventeen-year-old Fox Mulder has bigger problems than applying for college. Five years ago, his younger sister disappeared from their home and was never heard from again. Mulder blames himself, and his mother blames his father, who has retreated into his top-secret work for the State Department. In Fox’s senior year, his dad has moved him to Washington, DC―away from his friends on Martha’s Vineyard.

While Mulder doesn’t mind the fresh start and not being known as “that kid with the missing sister,” he’s still obsessed with finding Samantha. So when a local boy turns up dead and another child is abducted, Mulder can’t stop himself from getting involved. Could there be a link to his sister’s case? As he uncovers the truth, Mulder and his friends find themselves on the trail of a serial killer.

Sucked into a world where conspiracies, the occult, and madness overlap, Fox Mulder starts to believe.

Review:
Fox Mulder is haunted by the memory of his sister’s abduction – right in his presence. So, when he notices a small clue on a missing child, it puts him on a mission to find a child abductor.

Agent of Chaos is a fantastic murder mystery. The characters are vibrant and funny – and the story is suspenseful and exciting. The synopsis leads you to believe that events in this story are what makes Mulder a believer. But the events in this story don’t really lead him to becoming a believer – I feel like that happened back when his sister was abducted. Mulder is extremely observant and brilliant – which makes him a great detective. I enjoyed this Origin story even more than the Scully novel. I can’t get enough of the X-Files, and this early story is a great addition for fans.

SciFi Book Review: The X-Files Origins: Devil’s Advocate

The X-Files Origins: Devil’s Advocate by Jonathan Maberry

Synopsis:
How did Dana Scully become a skeptic?

In the spring of 1979, fifteen-year-old Dana Scully has bigger problems than being the new girl in school. Dana has always had dreams. Sometimes they’ve even come true. Until now, she tried to write this off as coincidence. But ever since her father’s military career moved the family across the country to Craiger, Maryland, the dreams have been more like visions. Vivid, disturbing, and haunted by a shadowy figure who may be an angel . . . or the devil.

When a classmate who recently died in a car accident appears before Dana, her wounds look anything but accidental. Compelled by a force she can’t name, Dana uncovers even more suspicious deaths―and must face the danger­ous knowledge that evil is real.

But when a betrayal of faith makes her question everything, she begins to put her faith in being a skeptic.

Review:
After a girl’s death turns out to be just the latest of several recent teen deaths in Dana’s new town, Dana’s troubling dreams begin to blend in with her reality. Dana and her sister seek the help from a local mystic shop owner and her friends. Meanwhile, mysterious men are secretly watching Scully.

As an X-Files fan, I couldn’t wait to read these origin stories. Dana and her sister are young teens who put faith in the mystic arts, mostly because of Dana’s dreams. This was a fun and suspenseful murder mystery with plenty of the supernatural. Yet a big (fairly predictable) twist leads Dana down the path of skepticism. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and the creepy plot. X-Files fans, both teens and adults alike, should check out these new stories. There are some great nods to the show with a nostalgic feel that didn’t disappoint.