Beyond the Stars is a series of Science Fiction related posts where I discuss different aspects of the genre and the many tropes and plot lines associated with it. Today, I talk about Blade Runner’s source material, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? in a series of posts focused on the Blade Runner Universe.
Beyond The Stars: Blade Runner Overview (4 of 4): Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
The final part of the Blade Runner overview is here. Today, I’ll be focusing on its source material. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick. You can find a copy here. This is a classic Sci-Fi book by an author who’s equally as well known. This is what Blade Runner is based on, but not without a few alterations. Well, I say “few”, but there’s a lot that was altered. Aside from that, it mostly follows the book, having many of the same characters and events. The two could easily be seen as alternate realities.
Instead of a usual novel review (which I have one planned later this week), I’ll give my general thoughts and list all of the differences between the film and the book. And there are enough to make a list out of.
Fiction Friday is a series where I talk about what I’ve been reading. Short Stories (and sometimes Novellas) are featured as in-between posts and the first Friday of the month will feature a new novel review. Today, I review The Last Cheng Beng Gift by Jaymee Goh
Fiction Friday: The Last Cheng Beng Gift
Today’s story is a very simple, yet touching tale. I’m reviewing Lightspeed Magazine’s The Last Chang Beng Gift by Jaymee Goh. You can find it here. It’s a tale filled with Asian culture and an old woman who has long since passed this world, who only wants what’s best for her grandchild. It’s a touching tale that’s sure to be worth the read.
Fantastic Wonder is a series of Fantasy related posts where I discuss different aspects of the genre and the many tropes and plot lines associated with it. Today, I talk about fantasy worlds set in today’s era.
Fantastic Wonder: A Modern-Era Fantasy World
Try to imagine our world, but with magic, swords and perhaps even dragons. Imagine everything in a small town or city where everything you think of fantasy is within our normal everyday life. It could be a secret society or even normal as far as magic goes. Maybe it doesn’t have to be earth, but a world that strongly resembles ours.
I want to discuss an idea I find fascinating. Magic and Myth in the modern world. A modern-era fantasy story.
It’s the kind of thing you’d wish was real. Seeing a world where magic and dragons exist alongside school, smartphones and even football. A world where the ordinary is beyond imagination. Many of these stories exist in genres today, most popular being modern and urban fantasy. Though today’s urban fantasy is generally populated by its own sub-genre, paranormal fantasy. Things like Twilight and what not are fantasy stories set in a modern world.
Other stories like Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and even Pokémon have a modern fantasy setting that breathes life into our dull, normal life.
So I want to talk about why I like the subgenre so much and why I want to try and read more types of stories in that genre.
Fiction Friday is a series where I talk about what I’ve been reading. Short Stories (and sometimes Novellas) are featured as in-between posts and the first Friday of the month will feature a new novel review. Today, I review Secondborn by Amy A. Bartol
Fiction Friday: Secondborn Review
So last month, I reviewed something I didn’t care for. Today, I’m reviewing a book I enjoyed a lot. It’s called Secondborn by Amy A. Bartol. You can find it here. It’s another sci-fi dystopia novel, but I think it’s one of the better ones. It has a gripping story and wonderful writing and focuses on someone who’s clearly nobility, yet treated like a commoner. So, let’s begin.
Beyond the Stars is a series of Science Fiction related posts where I discuss different aspects of the genre and the many tropes and plot lines associated with it. In today’s post, I talk about everyone’s (and my own) fascination with kaiju and giant monsters.
Kaiju and Giant Monsters
I recently saw Shin Godzilla for the first time on Saturday. While I had mixed feelings about the film, I figured I’d spend some time talking about another favorite plot device of mine, perhaps my most favorite. Giant monsters. More specifically ones based on kaiju, or daikaiju as they’re sometimes referred to.
When I was a kid, I would always imagine myself as my own giant monster. Obviously he was a lizard-like monster, and of course, he rampaged through a city that basically resembled a generic city, but he was simply going around, stomping and having a fun, destructive time. Nothing malicious, just going with the flow. Because when you’re that big, what else do you do?
But what is it about giant monsters that fascinate us?
Playing With Imagination is a series about video game stories and plots. Many video games have incredible stories and are often overlooked in our society. Today, I talk about StarCraft Remastered from Blizzard Entertainment.
StarCraft Remastered came out yesterday. I remember playing this game as a kid and was one of my few exposures to Blizzard’s games aside from WarCraft II, when it was an RTS. It was one of my favorite games back then and has a wonderful place in my childhood. It’s what made me appreciate Science Fiction and while I prefer the more modern side of fantasy more, I enjoy the more spacey adventure to other worlds.
Fiction Friday is a series where I talk about what I’ve been reading. Short Stories are featured as in-between posts and the first Friday of the month will feature a new novel review. Today, I review East of Eden and Just a Bit South by Ken Scholes.
So last week, I reviewed a book that wasn’t up to my standards. I’m already in progress on a follow up to that and I’m enjoying it a lot better. That review won’t come out until early September, as I need time to digest it. So for the next few weeks, I’ll be reviewing short stories from various magazines, some from the younger side and a few on the adult range. I’ll try to keep these stories as PG-13 as possible.
I’ll make this a weekly thing. Novel reviews at the beginning of the month and short stories in between. I’ll even throw in a novella or two every so often. That way, we change it up.
So let’s kick things off with a short story called East of Eden and Just a Bit South. This is a reprint published in Aeon #6 in 2006 and features in the August 2017 issue of Lightspeed Magazine. You can find it here.
So last week was underwhelming, but this week was a joyous read that I couldn’t put down. It focuses on the Christian stories about the Garden of Eden, Cain, Abel and all that stuff. Classic Christian tales, really.