• Book Review

    Unearthed

    When Earth intercepts a message from a long-extinct alien race, it seems like the solution the planet has been waiting for. The Undying’s advanced technology has the potential to undo environmental damage and turn lives around, and Gaia, their former home planet, is a treasure trove waiting to be uncovered. For Jules Addison and his fellow scholars, the discovery of an alien culture offers unprecedented opportunity for study… as long as scavengers like Amelia Radcliffe don’t loot everything first. Mia and Jules’ different reasons for smuggling themselves onto Gaia put them immediately at odds, but after escaping a dangerous confrontation with other scavvers, they form a fragile alliance. In order…

  • Book Review

    Leia, Princess of Alderaan

    A young adult novel, written by New York Times Best-selling author Claudia Gray, about sixteen-year-old Princess Leia, set before A New Hope. Sixteen-year-old Princess Leia Organa faces the most challenging task of her life so far: proving herself in the areas of body, mind, and heart to be formally named heir to the throne of Alderaan. She’s taking rigorous survival courses, practicing politics, and spearheading relief missions to worlds under Imperial control. But Leia has worries beyond her claim to the crown. Her parents, Breha and Bail, aren’t acting like themselves lately; they are distant and preoccupied, seemingly more concerned with throwing dinner parties for their allies in the Senate…

  • Book Review

    Binti

    Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs. Knowledge comes at a cost, one that Binti is willing to pay, but her journey will not be easy. The world she seeks to enter has long warred with the Meduse, an alien race that has become the stuff of nightmares. Oomza University has wronged the Meduse, and…

  • The AV Club

    Passengers

    Director: Morten Tyldum Writer: Jon Spaihts Stars:  Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen | See full cast & crew » Release Date: December 21, 2016 Summary (from IMDB): A spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers. As a result, two passengers are awakened 90 years early. Trailer: Review: 3 out of 5 Dogwoods Passengers is a love story about Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) and Aurora Lane (Jennifer Lawrence), two voyagers on the interstellar cruise ship Avalon, making their way to a newly colonized planet for those seeking to start over their lives and escape the overpopulated Earth. But things…

  • Bookish Gift Guide,  Uncategorized

    Bookish Gift Guide: Space Edition

    Space: the final frontier. As human beings, we have long been fascinated with space exploration. To be human is to be an explorer; it is hardwired into our makeup. Since the first tribes left the African savanna and spread into Europe and Asia, we have had the need to explore the unknown. If you’re still questioning why we care about space, NASA has has an interesting article on Why We Explore. I love books, movies, and TV shows that deal with life in outer space and space exploration. I am a huge Star Wars dork and a big Star Trek fan (they are not mutually exclusive)! If you’re as big of…