The Expanse Shines as the Premiere Space Opera on TV

– By J.W. Fox – WARNING: SPOILERS FOLLOW If you asked someone what is the best space opera on TV, you might hear them say Star Trek Discovery, Orville, or maybe Dark Matter. They would all be wrong. The premiere space opera on TV right now is The Expanse. Hidden on the seldom watched SyFy […]

Rise of Skywalker is a Frantic Sprint Through Fan Service and Jumbled Storytelling Unworthy of the Franchise

– By J.W. Fox – WARNING: SPOILERS FOLLOW! Disney’s contribution to the franchise of franchises is complete, allowing us to have a full and fair perspective on what the entertainment behemoth has wrought. They desired to complete the Skywalker saga, or, complete an already complete story. To do that, they had to fabricate entirely new […]

Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

– J.W. Fox – In what is the first book review in over a year, I decided to go with the most critically-acclaimed speculative fiction series at the moment, the first novel in the Broken Earth Series, The Fifth Season. It is called a science fantasy novel but I don’t really know why a subgenre […]

Terminator Dark Fate An Improvement but Won’t Save Franchise

–  By J.W. Fox – Much like the titular villain, this is a franchise that is extremely difficult to kill. The previous three movies were unworthy of their title, desperately hoping to draw strength from the James Cameron masterpiece that changed action movies forever. Go ahead and watch T2 again. It has aged well and […]

Movie Review: Clara

– By J.W. Fox – WARNING: SPOILERS FOLLOW Every so often it is good to give an indie, low-profile science fiction movie a watch. Of course, there is risk. They can be bad. Really bad. There are dozens that come from the Sharknado tradition, something which is called sci-fi only because these movies used to […]

Infinity War Lives Up to Hype; Likely to Break Records

– By J.W. Fox – WARNING: SPOILERS FOLLOW It took over two weeks to digest everything I saw in Avengers: Infinity War, the only movie with more hype than the next Star Wars movie. Nearly every Marvel character is featured in this triumphant, awesome, epic, funny, heartbreaking first part of a two parter. To put […]

Spielberg’s Movie is a Noble Attempt But Nothing Will Ever Compare to the Novel

– By J.W. Fox – It is an old but true cliché: the book is always better than the movie. When I read Ready Play One, I knew it could make a great movie but Hollywood would never be able to make it. The licenses alone would keep it tied up, or force them to […]

The Moon and the Other by John Kessel

– By J.W. Fox –   John Kessel’s The Moon and the Other is very much a work of social science fiction, with all the pros and cons that go with that label. At times it is reminiscent of Heinlein, with characters having influential roles in Lunar politics, giving speeches, and lecturing one another on […]