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Binary Storm

Posted in Books, Science Fiction

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Binary Storm finally has a cover! Christopher Hinz is (finally) returning to the Paratwa universe. I am super stoked. Barnes and Noble revealed the cover and first chapter this morning.

As a cover, eh, I’m not a huge fan of using real people over painting/illustration. That said, it’s miles better than most of the other covers that have come out over the years for the original trilogy. Nothing will ever beat the original cover to Liege Killer though. Then again, it’s not the 80s anymore, so what do I know. I do like Binary Storm’s cover the more I look at it though, so I’m okay with it overall.

I’m so excited to get Binary Storm in my hands!

September 15, 2016
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The Music, The Machine

Posted in Music, Science Fiction

Robocop

I always browse the records when I go to Down in the Valley (pop culture record store). I don’t really buy a lot of new vinyl these days. Most of it way more expensive than I want to pay for something I’ll only play sparingly. Anyway, I was flipping through the soundtracks when I stopped on this beauty.

I knew this Robocop OST was out, but I didn’t expect it to be at DITV. Throwing my scruples to the wind, I went ahead and bought it. I’m glad I did, as it’s pretty magical. The silver cover is a nice touch. I’m pretty happy with my purchase.

Robocop

August 19, 2015
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Oblivion

Posted in Film, Science Fiction

I’ll go ahead and say it: Oblivion is one of my new favorite films. I watched it for the first time last week and have been hooked on it ever since. I even went out Friday night and bought it on Blu-ray. I watched it for a second time Saturday evening. I may just watch it again tonight.

Summary: Jack Harper is one of the last few drone repairmen stationed on Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying threat known as the Scavs, Jack’s mission is nearly complete. Living in and patrolling the skies from thousands of feet above, his existence is brought crashing down when he rescues a stranger from a downed spacecraft. Her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he knows and puts the fate of humanity in his hands. Written by Universal Pictures.

The technical design is outstanding. I love the clean look of the Skytower and Bubbleship. I’m so tired of the grit and grime in post-apocalyptic movies. It’s so nice to see Jack flying and driving around in vehicles that are gleaming chrome and white. The Earth itself has a sort of sleek design to it. Filmed in Iceland, the black sands are a welcome change from the dirt and dull grey tones usually associated with the post-apocalypse.

M83 wrote the score for the film. Again, another element that fit perfectly with the tone and design of Oblivion. It’s possibly the best sci-fi soundtrack since the Mass Effect video games.

September 23, 2013
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Babylon 5

Babylon 5

I’ve been having an itch to watch Babylon 5 again. The only thing that’s stopped me so far has been the length. The show ran for five seasons and each season had something like 22 episodes. So it’s a major time investment to delve back into that world.

Well, I finally succumbed last weekend. I decided to start with season two this time. The first season is important for establishing characters and future plot threads, but it also has the most one-off stories. Season two is also when Bruce Boxleitner comes on board, giving the series its true leading character.

I’m trying to plow my way through the second season before we leave for Munich next week. I’m nearly there. I just hope my interest remains during our vacation. I’d hate to come back from Germany and not continue watching probably my favorite television series of all time.

February 26, 2013
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It’s About Time

Posted in Books, Science Fiction

Spartan X

I’ve been waiting upwards of 20 years for this day to come. In those 20 years, I would dig for any sort of scrap I could find to let me know he was still writing, or even still alive. He was extremely elusive, very private. This morning my literary world changed.

Christopher Hinz has finally written a new novel.

I’ve written about my love affair with Hinz’s work with the Paratwa saga several times in the past (all since lost). To this day, Liege-Killer remains my favorite science fiction book of all time. It may even be my favorite book of all time, period. The concepts and ideas presented in the Paratwa series are incredibly rich and vibrant. So great are these concepts and ideas, I struggle to find anyone who can match the brain feeling I get when I read any of the Paratwa books (Liege-Killer, Ask Ock and The Paratwa).

Hinz also bestowed us with Anachronisms, which is his take on an ALIEN style story. It’s technically his first book, though it was published after Liege-Killer.

He tried his hand at writing for comics. I have them all, save for the Blade series. I picked up any nugget of writing I could find.

Now I have 358 pages of brand new content in the form of Spartan X.

A shapeshifting alien — code name Spartan — reaches Earth with dire plans for civilization. Corbet Tomms, a freespirited loner troubled by psychic visions, is recruited by a secret agency to hunt down the creature. With the help of his no-nonsense FBI handler, Aggie Rittenhouse, Corbet tracks the murderous alien. But he soon realizes that Spartan is at the heart of his most terrifying vision, one that portends global disaster. Spartan must be found before it activates a freakish weapon that will forever alter what it means to be human.

I know I sound like a crazy fanboy here, but you honestly have no idea how much I have been looking forward to this day. I always hoped he would get back into writing longform stories again.

And not only do I have Spartan X, but there is also a graphic novel adaptation/reimagining of Liege-Killer on its way called Binary, which feature a new short story set in the Paratwa universe.

All three of the Paratwa series can now be found in ebook format for those interested. His blog mentions Anachronisms should be available in ebook format at some point soon too. I plan to download Spartan X as soon as I get home and spend the next several days devouring it.

I am a very happy camper indeed.

November 20, 2012
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