I’ve been dipping in and out of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for years. I’ve always thought it was an intriguing show, and fearless in the crazy stuff it has been willing to try over the years, but I’ve never tuned in for an entire season before. In the end, no matter what cerebral concepts it was toying with, I always ended up drifting away. The subjects this show has put on screen have included; a Matrix like immersive computer environment, artificial intelligence, and a trip to a parallel universe.
I’ve just started reading Doctor Aphra, and like most things I’m late to the party. Doctor Aphra first appeared in the third issue of the Darth Vader comic book. I have been aware of the Darth Vader book and Doctor Aphra for a while, but although I was intrigued I didn’t immediately check it out. One reason I haven’t checked out the Star Wars comic books, including Darth Vader, is that we live in a golden age of sci-fi, where spaceships and superheroes are welcomed into the mainstream like never before.
I’m a writer who publishes my books all by myself. The easiest, best, and most lucrative way to do that for me is to upload my books as data files to be sold as ebooks. I’m always interested, therefore, in what predictions people are making for the future of the ebooks industry. I was reading the Guardian the other day, and just such a story caught my eye. The headline is eye-catching, and it turns out to be a pretty good summary of what is actually said in the article.
This is an ongoing series of blog posts where I am reading comic books from the far distant past, specifically early 1979, and in this post I am looking at issue 96 of 2000 AD. It came out 20 Jan 1979, and sold for the princely sum of ten pence. The cover of issue 96 isn’t very futuristic. It depicts technology that was commonplace even at the time the comic was published.
My blog posts are usually just a bunch of carefree escapism and sci-fi shenanigans, with occasional angry barbs at Trump sprinkled in. This post is not like that. It is a lot heavier, and deals in part with my thoughts on a very disturbing subject. It deals with gun violence in the USA. Now is the time to click away if you are not in the right frame of mind to handle that today.
This is a sci-fi blog and so it shouldn’t be too difficult to guess that I am a big fan of Janelle Monáe. Monáe has been around for more than a decade, but I first noticed when The ArchAndroid, her second studio album was released. It incorporates conceptual elements of Afrofuturism and science fiction in a tale of a messianic android. It features lyrical themes of love, identity, and self-realization. The album has been compared to the work of artists such as David Bowie, and Prince.
This is an ongoing series of blog posts where I am reading comic books from the far distant past, specifically early 1979, and in this post I am looking at issue 95 of 2000 AD. It came out 13 Jan 1979, and sold for the princely sum of ten pence. The cover of issue 95 is extremely lacking in detail, and what detail there is, in the costume of the character on the cover, makes him look like he is dressed to appear on an episode of Blake’s 7.