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Spider-Man Far From Home Review

Spider-Man played by Tom Holland has been a crowd favorite ever since his introduction in Captain America: Civil War. A year later Spidey got his own movie with Spider-Man Homecoming. It introduced a larger cast with Zendaya playing MJ, a girl with whom Peter slowly developed an attraction – despite her sometimes dark comments. Furthermore there is Ned, Peter’s best friends played by Jacob Batalon. Ned at times acts as Peter’s sidekick. There was a larger cast of course, but at its core the character dynamic revolves around these 3 friends. That a second Spider-Man would be released was a...

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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...

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The Sinking City Review – an open-world detective game

The Sinking City is the latest game by Ukrainian develop Frogwares. This small studio has made a name for itself with creating adventure games based on the Sherlock Holmes stories by author Arthur Conan Doyle. Now the studio has created The Sinking City which it describes as an open-world detective game. Featuring non-linear storytelling, a resource scarce economy and combat this game is a incredible increase in scale for the studio You play as Charles Reed – PI And as I will describe in detail, The Sinking City is not an easy game to play. Set in the fictional town...

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My thoughts on the Disney Star Wars Universe

There has been plenty of Star Wars news in the last few weeks. Mark Hamill announced he is done with Star Wars and Daisy Ridley admits Rey might come not be back after episode 9. Finally, Kathleen Kennedy has announced Michelle Rejwan will oversee the production of live-action Star Wars movies. To some the latter appears to be the first step in removing Kathleen all together. However, a more nuanced view is that Disney has simply created a dedicated position for a franchise that is steadily increasing in scope. Rejwan would be to Star Wars as Kevin Feige is to...

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Star Wars Alphabet Squadron Review

Alphabet Squadron is the latest book I am reviewing in the new canon Star Wars Universe. The novel is written by Alexander Freed who has written a number of stories set in the Old Republic-verse. He also wrote the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story novelization. Alexander Freed manages, with Alphabet Squadron, to create a hard-boiled fighter pilot story. Think of it as Top Gun meets Battlestar Galactica. A year after the Battle of Endor Alphabet Squadron is set about a year after the Battle of Endor. The Rebel Alliance is slowly transforming into the New Republic and the Empire...

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Dune Movie Preview – all there is to know!

Next year, November 20th 2020, director Denis Villeneuve will release the first of two Dune movies. Dune of course is the magnum opus of author Frank Herbert who released the novel in 1965. Fans of the novel and its sequels have always wanted a film adaptation that would do it justice – the 1984 David Lynch version being particularly epic for failing to do so. But now we have Denis Villeneuve creating what he says is a faithful adaptation. To properly adapt the source material the book is divided into two movies. Filming for the first has started in February...

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Review X-Men Dark Phoenix – not the movie we needed

Early in January I made my list of top Science Fiction movies for 2019. I also placed X-Men Dark Phoenix on that list, with a few caveats. The constant delays and less than stellar career of its director made my me afraid it would flop. By the look of it X-Men Dark Phoenix will flop. So what happened? Back in 2014 Bryan Singer managed to instill a new life into the X-Men franchise with X-Men Days of Future Past. It had a bi-generational cast, that 70s vibe and time-travel. After that we had two Deadpool movies, Logan and a middling...

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Review of Zach-Like: A Game Design History

A few days ago I received my copy of Zach-Like: A Game Design History. For all intents and purposes it is a book covering more than 10 years of game development at Zachtronics. I use the term ‘intents and purposes’ advisably because it mostly contains sketches of the games Zach Barth and his studio has worked on. I purchased my copy because I find the topic fascinating. Zachtronics has kept me entertained for a number of years now and their success has caused me to work part-time as a game developer, besides my more mundane job of creating facial recognition...

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Programming Games: What are they? Are they any fun?

Over the last few years I have played a number of programming games. It had me questioning as to why. There must be a reason I play them like some sort of Pavlov reaction. Especially the Zachtronics games have become my favorites. The challenge and novelty are certainly reasons, but ultimately they approach a world in which I work on a daily basis – that of the computer. With programming games you get to experience the challenges in a fun way – its a gamification of fantasy. That said, Zachtronics in particular, add their unique flavor of humor to the...

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Good Omens Review perfect adaptation of Pratchett & Gaiman

During the last two days I have binge watched Good Omens, a series produced by the BBC and Amazon. The series is based on the novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman from 1990. Sadly Pratchett died in 2015, but Gaiman is acting as showrunner with the good fortune that it stays true to its source material. So what is Good Omens about? So what is Good Omens about? Well, that is not so easily explained. Essentially the forces of light and dark, heaven and hell are containing their eternal struggle. Angel Aziraphale is responsible for making people on Earth...

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Read a Longmire short story here at SciFiEmpire.net

Once in a while I post some fiction, a few excerpts from a new novel or a short story. I have also posted a Star Trek The Next Generation short story a few year back. I keeping with writing fanfiction I have a Longmire short story. Reader of this blog will know I am a big fan of the series starring Robert Taylor and Katee Sackhoff. I also review the books by Craig Johnson when they are released (next one is Land of Wolves in September). Well, without further ado, here is my Longmire fanfiction. Longmire The Headless Body of...

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Star Wars Dooku Jedi Lost Review by Cavan Scott

One indication that Star Wars Episode 9 Rise of Skywalker is nearly upon us is the release of more novels. For the second time in nearly a month I am reviewing a Star Wars canon novel. This time the audiobook Dooku Jedi Lost by Cavan Scott. Previously I read Master and Apprentice by Claudia Gray. In my review I gave it my thumbs up, so go check it out. That novel dealt with the difficult relationship between Jedi master Qui-Gonn Jinn and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi. Whereas the former had become obsessed with the mystical side of the Force the...

Elementary S07E01 The Further Adventures Review

After almost a year Elementary is back for its seventh and final season. I have been reviewing the show since the beginning. And though I have complained about some of its weaker aspects I am always grateful to see Lucy Liu as Joan and Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock return as the famous detective duo. Elementary can be formulaic at times. The murder mystery is just a prop for character development. That is also the case with this episode – The Further Adventures. And so the murder mystery is bit of a let down. The victim, a famous paparazzi model...

Resident Evil Zero review on Nintendo Switch

The Resident Evil franchise can trace its origin back to 1996, with its release on the PlayStation. Since then numerous sequels and standalone games have been produced, as well as a number of movies best forgotten. Below is a review of the official prequel – Resident Evil Zero. I played my first game in the franchise on the GameCube, back in 2002. It was in fact a remaster of the original. I actually I got the game for free after winning a online contest. Now, several of the games have again been remastered. For those losing track let me summarize....

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Game of Thrones S08E06 Review

Eight years ago the first episode of Game of Thrones aired. I had been anticipating the series for a few weeks then. I had hoped it would be a grand and successful series, but I could never imagine how big it became. During the first season I also had numerous reminders of the TV series ‘Our Friends in the North’ by the BBC from 90s due the very familiar cast. Nonetheless Game of Thrones found solid ground and kept on running but it ran out of breath this season. So how about that final episode? I take it most of...

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Permafrost by Alastair Reynolds Review

Permafrost is the latest publication Sci-Fi author Alastair Reynolds. It is a novella in which time-travel is a central element, after Avengers: Endgame, that is a hot topic. Permafrost stands out to me because it has hard Sci-Fi elements while it is still a very human story. Set in 2080 the world is in trouble because of an event called the Scouring. It is never explained what it is, but I presume the disastrous effects of global warming. The world of Permafrost Slowly the world is spinning out of control as food becomes an almost impossible resource to find. But...