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Happy Halloween 2019 + schedule for the fall

I will start by wishing everybody a Happy Halloween Halloween is slowly starting to become more of an event where I live. In fact I saw the first pumpkin lanterns just now as I was walking outside through the autumn coldness. And there is plenty to do this Halloween weekend. Playing Luigi’s Mansion 3 and The Outer Worlds, or watching Terminator: Dark Fate or Malificent 2. However, with just two months left in this year It is also time to reflect. For the last few months it has been very busy here at SciFiEmpire.net. This article included makes for 13...

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Blade Runner 2019 # 4 Review – the end of book one

A few days ago Blade Runner 2019 issue 4 was released. I have been so busy with the website as well work I have had no time to do a thorough review. Which I hereby remedy with my review of Blade Runner 2019 # 4. If you want to catch up with all three previous reviews here are the links: issue # 1, issue # 2 and issue # 3. Issue 4 takes Blade Runner Ash to the sanctuary island off the coast of Mexico. With the help of the Tyrell corporation she managed she track down billionaire Selwyn’s missing...

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Review of 2600 The Hacker Quarterly Autumn 2019

For almost a decade I have been an avid reader of one particular Hacker zine: 2600 The Hacker Quarterly. First launched in 1984 the title is reference to the dial tone that was used on older non-digital telephones. Mimicking this sound it allowed those so inclined to make long distance calls for free if necessary. 2600 has as such been around for a long time, along with the Hacker conference they organize every 2 years (HOPE). Alas the publishing market is not what it once was with diminishing subscriptions, ad revenue and increasing print costs. 2600 once had a readership...

Hack Yourself First Review

Hack Yourself First Review – an introduction not to miss

A few days ago I managed to obtain a review copy of a recently released book on cyber security. It is called Hack Yourself First by Stephen Haywood. I have a read a fair number of books on the topic during the past decade and I can tell you: less is more. Plenty of tomes explain the details of a particular hack vector only to forget readers must be able to apply them. I myself even ventured to write a book about hacking as well. It is called The Linux Command Line, Programming and Hacking. It is currently available at...

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Star Wars Age of Resistance Kylo Ren Review

This week I am reviewing another single issue in the Star Wars Age of Resistance maxiseries. Last week I reviewed the Rey comic issue. This time the character focus is on Kylo Ren – or Ben Solo if you see things from a certain point of view. I take everybody is familiar Ben became Kylo Ren. The story of Kylo Ren # 1 This comic issue is set some time before The Force Awakens. It is seen through veteran storm trooper commander Captain Ruthford – now a member of The First Order. He is sent with his troops and Kylo...

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Land of Wolves by Craig Johnson Review

Its September, and you know what that means – another Craig Johnson novel. Specifically, another Longmire novel featuring our favorite Absaroka County sheriff Walt Longmire, and his kick-ass deputy Vic. This year’s novel is entitled Land of Wolves, an animal that features no small role. Land of Wolves feels like a refreshing reboot of the franchise. The depressing events of the previous books involving the Mexican drug cartels is finally over. The series jumped the shark with Walt going south of the border – but that is now in the past. Instead, Land of Wolves deals with a normal Absaroka...

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Blade Runner 2019 # 3 Review – Ash visits Tyrell corp.

This Blade Runner 2019 # 3 of the comic sets off right after the last one stopped. After her spinner is attacked Ash manages to crash land it. Her injuries are severe and unfortunately her fellow Blade Runner colleagues discover her extensive body modifications. Her boss pulls her off the case and she even loses her badge. Nobody wants to work with human-hybrid. No longer a Blade Runner but also unable to put the case aside Ash visits the Tyrell Corporation. Tyrell has already been looming over this comic as a dark shadow, but the visit proves their involvement in...

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Star Wars Resistance Rey # 1 Review

Since the summer Marvel has released single issue Star Wars comics under the Resistance maxiseries label. All of these issues are themed around a character from the sequel trilogy. The series gives us a little bit of insight into the characters in the run up to Rise of Skywalker. We have had Finn, Poe and somewhat controversially Snoke. Now Rey will have her issue. Rey is of course played by Daisy Ridley in the movies. Despite being the most important character of the sequel trilogy she has not appeared in many of the tie-in novels and comics. Until now with...

The Girl Who Lived Twice Review

The sixth book of Stieg Larsson‘s Millennium series – The Girl Who Lived Twice – has just been released. Since the release of the fourth in 2015 the novels are written by David Lagercrantz as the original novelist dies in 2004. Lagercrantz has some big shoes to fill, the original novel that started it all – The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – has become the epitome of the modern day ‘locked-room’-mystery. The novels also feature two very contrasting characters, journalist Mikael Blomkvist and hacker Lisbeth Salander. That with the multitude of seemingly divergent storylines make this a complicated franchises...

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Blade Runner 2019 #2 Review – Ash continues her hunt

After a month we finally have the second issue of the Blade Runner 2019 comic. It is maddening to think this drip-feed release schedule will be maintained for maybe a year. While the first issue was good I did have some concerns I hoped the second issue would address. For more on Blade Runner 2019 #2 read on below. First there is a summary followed by my opinion. Summary of Blade Runner 2019 #2 This second issue of the Blade Runner comic sets off immediately were the first ended. Detective Aahna Ashina – or Ash – is still on the...

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Tomb Raider Omnibus Vol. 1 Review

A few days ago Comixology released the first volume of the Tomb Raider Omnibus. This is a collection of issues 1 through 18 of the Dark Horse comics that ran from 2014. The comic itself was based on the 2013 Tomb Raider game by Crystal Dynamics – which has since seen two sequels. This comic series deals with Lara Croft’s journey to the island of Yamatai, not unlike last year’s movie starring Alicia Vikander. That said this comic might the least good of all three version of the same story. The story jumps around quite a lot, as you would...

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Dune retro review – a look at Frank Herbert’s masterpiece

During the last week I reread Frank Herbert’s Dune, a masterpiece of Science Fiction from 1965. Which is hands down my favorite novel. I have been a fan of the franchise for over 20 years. I played Dune 2000 and Emperor Battle for Dune, watched the series from 2000, and its successor Children of Dune from 2003. On top of that I even read all of Brian Herbert’s books (sigh). And yet, I realized I haven’t read the original Dune since 2001. It was something I was meaning to do for years, so during the last week I did so....

Star Wars Thrawn Treason Review

Star Wars Thrawn Treason Review

The Last book of the Thrawn prequel trilogy – Star Wars Thrawn: Treason – is out. Treason improves on a number of elements compared to the previous two books. The Grand admiral is still in control of the Imperial Star Destroyer Chimera. There he has an excellent crew who were trained by and if found inadequate removed form their post. Thrawn still does his thing – he still analyses his opponents art to ascertain their traits, skills and likely course of action. Unlike the previous novels the crew of the ISD Chimera are not left in the dark. Thrawn draws...

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Alien: Covenant Origins by Alan Dean Foster Review

For some time there have been rumblings about a sequel to the 2017 movie Alien: Covenant. That movie was a soft reboot of the franchise, it was also a quasi-sequel to Prometheus. Itself a soft-reboot of the franchise. Prior to Alien: Covenant being released a prequel novel Alien: Covenant Origins written by Alan Dean Foster was released. In anticipation of Alien: Covenant 2 I read this Origins story and here is the review. So what is it all about? So what is the story about? Alien: Covenant Origins is set in the weeks before the colony ship Covenant departs Earth...

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Blade Runner 2019 #1 Review

Titan Comics has released the first edition of the Blade Runner 2019 comic book series. The series is written by Michael Green and Mike Johnson, with the art created by Andres Guinaldo. The series takes place in the year 2019 of the Blade Runner universe, the same year as the original movie. Detective Ash, who is Los Angeles’s top Replicant hunter, is under pressure to investigate the disappearance of the wife and daughter of billionaire Alexander Selwyn. The story of Blade Runner 2019 What follows is Ash’s unrelenting investigation: she uses violence, coercion and subtle interrogation to question people in...

SciFiEmpire 8th anniversary

SciFiEmpire.net celebrates it’s 8th anniversary!

It has been 8 years to the day that I made my first post on this blog. Strictly speaking SciFiEmpire.net already existed for a few weeks before that, but I was still figuring out how to set up WordPress. It has been a long road. Looking back at some posts I wrote it feels like the Sci-Fi scene has changed drastically. Back then we still had shows such as Eureka, Person of Interest, Warehouse 13, Alphas and Alcatraz on the air. In fact, streaming services hardly existed. SciFiEmpire.net has had its up and downs since then. Arguably blogging has made...