Friday, January 2, 2015

StarWTF!? Episode 11: Kamino

Today we discuss our first planet. And whichever one you were thinking of is wrong because we are talking about Kamino! Yes, the wet planet that's all about cloning. Home of Lamu Su, Taun We and the rest of the Kaminoan gang.

If you wanted to know more about the wet, hidden planet than you ever thought you would care to admit, then make a left at the Rishi Maze and follow us to Kamino.

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Kamino, also known as the Planet of Storms, was the watery world where the Clone Army of the Galactic Republic was created, as well as the Kamino Home Fleet. It was inhabited by a race of tall, elegant beings called the Kaminoans, who kept to themselves and were known for their cloning technology. Kamino was located just south of the Rishi Maze, and was governed by the Ruling Council, headed by the Prime Minister.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Book Review: Untaken by J. E. Ankcorn

Young adult novels continue to be a hot property as of late publishing-wise, with readers of YA novels pretty much driving the industry at present. Even so, straight, non-dystopian YA science fiction tends to be a little hard to come by. We've come a long way since the Heinlein juveniles and the Tripods series, yes, but when everything feels like it's either a retread of The Hunger Games or Twilight (and may the higher powers help us all if someone ever finds a way to combine those two things), adult readers of genre fiction and YA fiction may feel like they're out in the cold.

I was able to land an advance copy of J. E. Anckorn's debut novel Untaken, and it follows well in the old-school tradition of science fiction for the younger set. Instead of trying to push the envelope with over-the-top ideas and themes, the book is instead an enjoyable throwback of sorts to the alien invasion science fiction of another era while keeping things feeling fresh and new.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Book Review: Macaque Attack!

In what has become a sort of holiday tradition, we have a new book in Gareth Powell's Ack-Ack Macaque series this winter. I liked the first one and thought the second one was okay, but how about the third and final?

Star Wars Episode Seven: The Force Awakens! About that Ball Droid...

I made this comic to clear up your Star Wars BB8 (the ball droid) questions. Hopefully this is exactly how it will all play out next year in theatres!...

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FPcast! The Fruitless Pursuits Podcast for December 29th 2014! The Best of 2014!

This week we sum up the year in film by sharing our Top 20 lists for 2014, as well as our least favourite films, guilty pleasures and pop culture crushes. Plus we review The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies! Let's celebrate the year that was!

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