August 2015 archive

Sol Draconi Septem – Wraiths in an Ice Sky

The Ice Wraiths of Sol Draconi Septem prey on the indigenous tribe of Chitchatuk, and vice versa. SciFiMix Art, "Glacier Wraith", background retouched photo from Glacier Langjokull in Iceland. Inspired by Dan Simmons' "Endymion".

The Ice Wraiths of Sol Draconi Septem prey on the indigenous tribe of Chitchatuk, and vice versa. SciFiMix Art, “Glacier Wraith”,background retouched photo from Glacier Langjokull in Iceland. Inspired by Dan Simmons’ “Endymion”.

Sol Draconi Septem is the ice planet of Dan Simmon’s Endymion. It was once a warm, terraformed world on the path of the River Tethys. Following the destruction of the farcasters at the end of Fall of Hyperion, however, Sol Draconi Septem was plunged into isolation, causing it to revert back to its pre-terraformed state. The atmosphere froze into a glacier, joining the sky and earth below into one endless icy landscape. (more…)

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SciFi Mixed Links – Star Trek AI Dreams, Cassini Closeup, Bradbury Art

A neural network tries to interpret the opening sequence of Star Trek’s TNG. Spaceship or Odometer? Image Source: Ville-Matias Heikkilä (YouTube video).

 

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Killjoys S1E10 Review: Escape Velocity

S1E9 Enemy Khlyen || S1E10 Escape Velocity || Season 2 (??)

The Company frames Alvis Akari for a massacre on Leith, while all hell breaks loose in the Quad. Image Source: "Killjoys", Escape Velocity. Copyright SyFy.

The Company frames Alvis Akari for a massacre on Leith, while all hell breaks loose in the Quad. Image Source: “Killjoys”, Escape Velocity. Copyright SyFy.

Each episode of Killjoys builds upon the past, layering and layering themes repeated throughout the season. The finale of Killjoys was no different. “Escape Velocity” finally answered some of our lingering questions about Khlyen and Red 17, in ways foreshadowed by previous episodes. Yet, we are still left wanting. We need more episodes to learn about the Killjoys universe – not just to uncover one more mystery about Dutch’s past – but also because we care about what is going to happen to all of the characters. Killjoys has done a fantastic job of fleshing out the characters’ relationships with one another, and revealing the motivations behind their actions. So this post will focus on the growth of our characters, the ABC building blocks of the entire Killjoys series. (Caution – Spoilers Ahead!) (more…)

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SciFi Mixed Links – Star Wars Disney, Data DNA, Space Elevator

CoverGirl launches Star Wars-themed makeup (and cosplayers go wild).  Copyright CoverGirl/ Pat McGrath.

CoverGirl launches Star Wars-themed makeup (and cosplayers go wild). Copyright CoverGirl/ Pat McGrath.

 

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Killjoys S1E9 Review: Enemy Khlyen

S1E8 Come the Rain || S1E9 Enemy Khlyen || S1E10 Escape Velocity

Dutch uncovers Khlyen's location, and he is closer than she thinks. Image Source: "Killjoys", Enemy Khlyen. Copyright SyFy.

Dutch uncovers Khlyen’s location, and he is closer than she thinks. Image Source: “Killjoys”, Enemy Khlyen. Copyright SyFy.

As soon as I found out the title for this episode, Enemy Khlyen, I was excited. What revelations would we have about Dutch’s former mentor, captor, and father-figure? Though not all was revealed, Enemy Khlyen gave us further clues to Khlyen and Dutch’s past. Now, we have enough information to at least fuel some speculation about the origins of the Level 6 RAC, Red 17, and the imminent Quad class war. (Caution – Spoilers Ahead!) (more…)

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Killjoys S1E8 Review: Come the Rain

S1E7 Kiss Kiss, Bye Bye || S1E8 Come the Rain || S1E9 Enemy Khlyen

A storm is brewing in Westerley. Toxic rain hails from the badlands. Image Source: "Killjoys", Come the Rain. Copyright SyFy.

A storm is brewing in Westerley. Toxic rain hails from the badlands. Image Source: “Killjoys”, Come the Rain. Copyright SyFy.

Compared to the dramatic revelations of the last episode, Killjoys “Come the Rain” takes a slower approach, as the characters come to terms with their changing relationships to one another. Dutch and D’Avin go through Jenga-inspired trust exercises, while Johnny and Pawter Simms conduct trust exercises of their own – all while a deadly poisonous storm brews across Westerley. (Caution – Spoilers Ahead!) (more…)

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