The State of Sci Fi: 8/21/16


I'm surprised by how mild the box office has been this summer. For science fiction, as well as the film industry as a whole. There were a minimal amount of anticipated films, and even the movies that were projected to perform the best seem like they've fallen short of their expected marks.

Looking forward to finally seeing Suicide Squad tomorrow night, and I'll be sure to post my thoughts on that shortly afterward. Let's hope Doctor Strange or Rogue One give us something to smile about, but it definitely seems as though Hollywood has taken more than a couple missteps lately, and needs to reevaluate their stance regarding titles as well as release schedules.

I feel like I haven't seen even a semi-solid film in theatres since Ex Machina and Episode 7. I know I can be a tough critic, but yeah. We need more, good movies. Plain and simple. IMHO, anyway.

Since I live just a few miles away from SpaceX's headquarters, it was pretty friggin rad to drive by their HQ a couple nights ago to see a Falcon 9 laying horizontally on a flat-bed trailer. I happened to drive by the next day as well, and was surprised to find the rocket had been erected just outside their offices. It's now a space-grade garden gnome of epic proportions.

It's cool to read about the shot in the arm DC comics has received as a result of Rebirth. I'm not a comic book reader myself, but I do pop into Southern California comic book shops often enough, and a win for comic books is a win for all of genre fiction, pop culture, so on and so forth.

I'm also enjoying hearing about the reinvigoration the PC Gaming industry is experiencing as a result of VR's popularity. I love video games across all platforms, but there's something special about watching a game just rip, on a system you pieced together yourself. I hope I'll have the time to do some gaming this autumn, and it looks like it's going to be a Call of Duty year this go around with the pending release of Infinite Warfare. (I seem to bounce back and forth between Battlefield releases and Call of Duty games.)

Until then, I'll be busy putting the final coat of wax on my debut sci fi novel, "Dawn of Legaia". It won't be perfect, as nothing ever is, but it Will be time, and I can't wait to share it with all of you.

-A.C.H.

Image: IMAX

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