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The Nine Best Things in Science Fiction Right This Instant

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trade News | October 16, 2014 |


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It’s easy to be negative. Mostly because everything sucks most of the time and people are terrible. But it’s important to remember that the world is full of awesome sauce too, bubbling vats of it squirreled away in the right places. But writing about the good tends to full less space, not just because there tends to be less of it, but because saying something is wonderful tends to take a lot less discussion than holding up the horrific to the light and examining every sordid inch of it.

But today, we will be positive in Sci Fi Thursday. And these are the nine things that make me very happy in the core of my science fiction and fantasy soul.

1. We are getting a new Star Wars movie. Seriously, this is the dream. I haven’t been this excited since 1997.

2. Constantine the series premieres Oct 24. I love this comic book. Well, loved. I’ve got an entire shelf of the collected volumes of it. And the trailers for this show actually look like they’ve got the character concept in the right ball park. I am so terribly excited about this that I can’t even put into words how disappointed I’m probably going to be the morning of Oct 25.

3. Interstellar in October. Forget Star Wars, this is the most excited I’ve been about any science fiction film since 1997.

4. Saga: the ever fantastic Joanna Robinson introduced this to me. Science fiction is rarely done in comics, which is a shame because the genre seems to dovetail so perfectly with the medium. DC tried to make a go of having a sci-fi line with Transmetropolitan sitting at the top of the heap, but ended up just folding it into Vertigo anyway (if I’m recalling right, it’s been quite a while now). Read Saga. Then go read Transmetropolitan if you haven’t. Spider Jerusalem is my spirit animal.

5. George RR Martin is still alive. Where there’s life, there’s hope. I’m sure we’ll see Winds of Winter any day now.

6. Brandon Sanderson publishes approximately seven books per year. This has NOTHING to do with the previous point. But dude produces amazing and creative fiction, does so with a distinct universe and world every time, and does so multiple times per year. He doesn’t always write novellas before breakfast, but when he does, they’re unique and set in an entirely new world from any of other fictions.

7. The Expanse: while the latest book Cibola Burn was a bit underwhelming after the mountain of plot that moved through the previous books (it felt more like it could have lost half the pages and been tightened down into a novella and just been an episode in the story rather than a full novel length entry), this is still the best space opera being churned out today.

8. Cosmos is on Netflix. Whether I watch a few minutes of this every day at breakfast is really none of your concern.

9. Fusion. They may have solved fusion. Ok, so a number of scientists have come out explaining why Lockheed’s thing can’t possibly work, but Lockheed is not a fly-by-night outfit coming out of the woodwork trying to take gullible people’s money before disappearing again. So I remain cautiously optimistic.


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