Art of Science Fiction 097: Edvige Faini

Italian freelance artist, Edvige Faini specializes in Concept Design, Matte Painting, and Environment Design for the entertainment industry. She’s worked for several publishing houses, magazines, and advertising studios over the years before moving to Los Angeles to realize her dream of becoming a concept artist. It didn’t take long for Edvige’s talent to get noticed and …read in detail

Announcing the Sir Julius Vogel Award Finalists for Science Fiction & Fantasy

Earlier this week, the finalists for New Zealand’s 2017 Sir Julius Vogel Award were announced. The award recognizes New Zealand’s top creators in science fiction and fantasy. It’s one of New Zealand’s most recognized awards for speculative fiction. Winners will be announced in a ceremony at LexiCon during the 38th New Zealand National Science Fiction and Fantasy …read in detail

“Babylon’s Song” Short-Listed to the Final 2017 Vogel Award Ballot

Woelf Dietrich’s novella, which appears in our book Interspecies, is on the final ballot for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards, one of New Zealand’s top prizes for speculative fiction. You may remember that we announced his initial nomination at the end of February, but that was no guarantee of making the final ballot. We couldn’t …read in detail

The Surreal Pandemonium​ Violence and Collapse of Civilization in “High-Rise”

Class warfare reigns in the 1970s styled London high-rise where Doctor Laing (Tom Hiddleston) lives. High-Rise (2015), based on the novel of the same title by famed science fiction author JG Ballard, portrays a surreal, dystopian vision of mayhem and violence compartmentalized into the space of one building. Through Laing, we observe the building’s occupants: …read in detail

Scientist’s Undeniable Proof of an Afterlife Leads to Mass Suicides in Netflix’s “The Discovery”

If you think that premise sounds depressing or even melodramatic, you’d be right. But despite the nonsensical suicide concept, the film presents some great science-fiction-worthy ideas–which makes viewing this crawling, moody movie even more disappointing. The Discovery is a slow dance, a science fiction tease with the pacing of something like Shane Carruth’s Primer (2004) and …read in detail

Alien the Audiobook Novelization Satisfies on Many Levels

Alan Dean Foster’s novelization of the classic movie, Ridley Scott’s Alien, is an excellent reproduction, especially enjoyable in audiobook form. Peter Guinness’s voice is the perfect match for this gritty, sci-fi tension cooker. The audiobook novelization stays faithful to every important facet of the movie while adding critical internal dialogue and details required by the novel …read in detail

Last Chance to Nominate For Vogel Awards

The deadline is quickly approaching for Vogel Award vote nominations, and this week is your last chance to contribute. In February, I was thrilled to announce that our very own Woelf Dietrich was nominated and placed on the long list for his story “Babylon’s Song,” which appears in Interspecies. But to get short-listed for the final …read in detail