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Upcoming Star Wars books in 2019

Star Wars Celebration 2019 is just around corner – it start this week. In the lead up to the convention, this time taking place in Chicago, a number of announcements have bene made regarding Star Wars books. If you are an avid reader like me you will undoubtedly pick up one or two this year. So below I made a small list. That way you won’t miss any. Master and Apprentice (release April 16th) The first book on this list is a rather unusual one. Master and Apprentice is set 7 years before the events of The Phantom Menace and...

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The Name of the Rose series episode 1 and 2 review

One of my all time favorite movies is the 1986 adaptation of Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose. Starring Sean Connery at a time when he was making a comeback. The story takes place in a Benedictine abbey in northern Italy in the year 1327. That on its own is already unusual, not many period movies from that time in history. The story is at its core a murder mystery. The protagonist William of Baskerville (a literary reference by the author) receives the urgent task by the abbot to solve several murders. Time is of the essence as the...

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Anthem Review – EA and BioWare fail to wow

Ooh boy how has Electronic Arts manage to stir the pot with Anthem. What was supposed to be THE game of 2018 first got delayed to this year. That happens, often I agree a game should be delayed if it needs polishing. But EA has delivered a game ripe with bugs, long loading times and a grind system that fails its players. It there anything that can be salvaged from Anthem? Pedigree On paper Anthem should be able to succeed thanks to the pedigree of its developer – BioWare. The studio behind games such as Knight of the old Republic...

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Metro Exodus Review

For the first time since 2014 develop 4A Games is a releasing a game in the Metro series. Metro Exodus is based on the Science Fiction novels by author Dmitry Glukhovsky. The game is referred to as a first-person shooter survival horror game. That long description fits with elements similar to Resident Evil, PUBG and The Division just to name a few. Effectively it is a PvE Battle Royale action RPG. If that makes any sense. In Metro Exodus you play as Artyom. Set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland around Moscow you the player must attempt to guide your group to...

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Alita: Battle Angel Review

Alita: Battle Angel is an adaptation of Yukito Kishiro original manga series Battle Angel Alita. Directed by Robert Rodriguez this movie has been in development for ages. I think I heard first mention of it back in 2001. Originally the movie was supposed to be directed by James Cameron as a prelude project to Avatar. Well, we all know how long that project has taken. Nonetheless Alita: Battle Angel has been completed and I think it is damn worthwhile. The movie succeeds on many fronts: fantastic characters and cast, strong visuals and a good story. If I failed to convince...

Sara Serraiocco as Baldwin Counterpart S02E08 In From The Cold Review

Counterpart S02E08 In From The Cold Review

Counterpart is an odd series to watch. In a world of alternate realities that revolve around a crossing the show is actually more focused on drama than Sci-Fi. Counterpart can be gut-wrenching to watch with a significant amount of gore, violence and nudity. Yet with a stellar cast that includes J.K. Simmons, Harry Lloyd and Sara Serraiocco it is also a delight to watch. Now we are nearing the end of season 2 and so it is time to determine where the show stands. Episode 8 revolves around two major plots. The Quayle’s In our world – Alpha dimension –...

2019 Most anticipated Sci-Fi Series

If you are curious which Sci-Fi series will be the best in 2019 and you don’t want to miss any of them. Well, read my little list below… Another Life I make little effort to disguise that one of my favorite actresses is Katee Sackhoff. From playing Starbuck on the Battlestar Galactica reboot to Vic Moretti on Longmire I have probably watched most of her work. This year she will star in Another Life – a Sci-Fi drama created for Netflix. In the series Katee will play Niko Breckinridge, an astronaut tasked with exploring the origins of an alien artifact....

Airiam (Sarah Mitich) - Star Trek Discovery S02E02 New Eden Review

Star Trek Discovery S02E02 New Eden Review

In the aftermath of last week’s episode it is clear Discovery wants to focus on a mystery. What is the asteroid that damaged the USS Hiawatha made off? What or who is the angelic figure Michael Burnham saw on the asteroid and why did her foster brother Spock take leave from the Enterprise and check himself into mental health facility. That is just for starters. The season premiere did plenty of other things correct as well. To a degree – the season’s second episode falters. Now don’t get me wrong. The episode is ounces of fun. It’s just that is...

Glass Review – M. Night Shyamalan returns to conclude his trilogy

Glass is a difficult movie to describe. Is it truly a superhero movie? Maybe, there are plenty of references to comic books as well. And yet, Glass is a M. Night Shyamalan movie. There are twists and turns, not all of them great, and the viewer is obligated to pay attention to not miss any details for when the ending comes. Officially Glass is the third movie in what is being called the Eastrail 177 trilogy. And what is odd is that the director has forced Glass to be the final movie in the franchise. You see, without wanting to...

2019 Most Anticipated Sci-Fi Movies

2019 has finally started so comes the time to anticipate what the year might bring to the big screen. The first thing that is noticeable are the number of super-hero movies. Granted, that has been the case for nearly a decade. Yet, there is a noticeable drought of pure Science Fiction movies such as last year’s Annihilation and A Quiet Place. That doesn’t mean there aren’t any. Netflix movies and other lower-budget offerings are not as visible. Included on this list are a number of movies at risk of being a flop. The Terminator franchise has been pointless since Rise...

The Blacklist S06E01 Dr. Hans Koehler Review Raymond Reddington Tai Chi

The Blacklist S06E01 Dr. Hans Koehler Review

Finally The Blacklist is back, and boy does it get off to an explosive start. This episode, entitled “Dr. Hans Koehler” sees Reddington attempting to rob a bank. The problem is, somebody else is already robbing it. As you may guess, Raymond’s attempt goes off without a hitch but the other team is not so lucky. Reddington never does anything without a plan and before long Raymond reveals to Liz what his purpose was. He needed to find information on the titular Dr. Koehler. Koehler has a history of giving criminals facial surgery to change their identity. Its a bait...

Wishing you a happy Christmas, from SciFiEmpire.net

Christmas is here and so the year is also nearly over. As the author of SciFiEmpire.net I have been wishing readers a happy Christmas for a few years now. The days before the holidays always make me think back to what has been going on in my life. When I wrote a similar Christmas post in 2015 I had just started a new job and I has just seen The Force Awakens at the cinema. Deep Learning job – finally! This year feels somewhat similar. I am beginning a new job at a startup in January specializing in Deep Learning....

Firewatch on Nintendo Switch Review

Back in early 2016 newly formed game developer Campo Santo had a a hit on its hand with their adventure game Firewatch. The mystery-telling game has now also been released for the Nintendo Switch. For those wanting to play the game, which can be bough for 15 euros in the Nintendo eShop, have to be aware of a few caveats to this otherwise excellent title. Longmire land Firewatch is set in 1989 Wyoming (yes, Longmire land). You play as Henry, a man in his forties seeking some time alone in the wilderness after his wife is diagnosed with early on-set...

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Mortal Engines Review

For a few months now I have been watching the trailer for Mortal Engines. Unaware of the novel series it is based on there was just the trailer to get excited about. And the fact it is being produced by Peter Jackson, and that it stars Hugo Weaving. Mortal Engines is set in a future world where a post-apocalyptic society moves around in giant cities with tracks on them. That is where things get weird, but in this world cities hunt each other and each city has a strict hierarchy. So the strong prey on the weak – similar to...