With the certainty of Earth’s inability to maintain the human race as it proceeds to fall into a two million year ice age, those in charge chose to send a religious group to Mars and the smartest brains available to Titan.
Those working on the Mars mission have split into religious factions.
Those working on the Titan mission have pulled together, creating a cohesive team, despite the endless sabotages. These sabotages were paid for by the religious group. Their stand is straightforward. Science and Religion do not mix. It is better that the human race die entirely rather than allow it to survive without God. Thus, 15 different traps are set to destroy the Titan mission.
Now if the religious factions would work together… Don’t count on that. They can’t even decide which religious leader will become the leader of them all.
Sounds hopeless to me, so let’s focus on the more interesting Titan Mission.
Meet Max Hunt, the nano-technologist in charge of choosing which brilliant minds will join the Titan Mission.
He looks friendly in this pic, but his Maxexplosions are well known and dreaded. When matters do not go his way, he is not a kind tyrant.
One matter that does not please him is that he is only leader of the scientists and students. A soldier has been placed in charge of the mission.
Meet Colonel Lancaster. He is in charge of the mission to Titan. Yep, he’s out of uniform because he’s working out to keep himself fit. He’s doing fine at that, don’t you think so?
Lancaster has been warned by Max that his bio-chemist, Tamara will be a problem.
She got the slot to be on this mission because she likes the color orange. She thought that a stupid differentiator, and told Max as much. While brilliant, Tamara’s greatest talent is her ability to create a cohesive work environment. That will make the difference once the Einstien Children show up. The first group was tasered and forced to go to class on only three hours of sleep. The second group thought they had been kidnapped. Amazingly, Tamara soothed them both into well behaved (most of the time) brilliant geniuses. Their specialties vary, but without question, they are all brilliant. I’ve placed them all into one picture so you won’t be overwhelmed. They arrive in two batches, but honestly, without Tamara’s soothing presence, they would have all been thrown into confinement. Instead, they become the salvation of the mission.
Here are a few other of the adult members of the team:
This is Dr. Bruce. He’s not handsome, but he can tell a joke.
Dr. David Sarns is both adept with computers and mechanics. He’s also cute.
This is Victor. He’s a brilliant mathematician and programmer. He entered college at 13, and in some ways, he has never grown up. Thus, when things don’t go his way, he behaves like a child, but once Tamara helps him grow up, he creates the most fabulous AI that has ever existed. Which is a good thing, because this mission would have failed due to all the sabotages if not for his AI.
Meet Scarlet, the finest AI program ever written. She chats with her humans via the various monitors all over their compound buried deep within a Montana mountain. Clearly, she has a sense of humor. She will save their lives many times in this and next book.
I should mention that Tamara requested children from 6 months to thirteen to be added to the mix so they could practice being parents. Otherwise, when they arrived at Titan and got pregnant, no one would know what to do with the babies and there would be no calling their mothers for help. However, when the babies arrived, it was declared the finest bit of sabotaged ever created. Everyone was sleep deprived and tortured.
And given there are 15 sabotages preset, they really didn’t need another.
If they survive all their disasters and go to Titan, I’ll have even more pics for you…
I love this official Star Wars Rebels Season Four Poster. There are a lot of details including a Lothwolf in the center between Thrawn and Pryce with the crew of The Ghost in the center foreground. Thanks so much Lucasfilm for sharing this with me!
From the press release…
All the paths are coming together as Star Wars Rebels returns for its fourth and final season beginning Monday, October 16th on Disney XD.
Before its highly anticipated finale, many new Rebels episodes will be broadcast back-to-back, giving fans a full hour of the Ghost crew’s thrilling adventures each week though November 13th :
Monday, 10/16 – “Heroes of Mandalore” Parts 1 & 2
Monday, 10/23 – “In the Name of the Rebellion” Parts 1 & 2
Monday, 10/30 – “The Occupation” and “Flight of the Defender”
Monday, 11/6 – “Kindred” and “Crawler Commandeers”
Monday, 11/13 – “Rebel Assault”
After the holiday break, Star Wars Rebels will return in early 2018 with its final episodes leading up to its epic finale — a story so secret that only a few people on the production team know how it will end! Look for new episodes every Monday with five airings throughout the day at 12:30 a.m., 3:00 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 5:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Disney XD (also on the Disney XD App and VOD), and don’t forget to catch StarWars.com’s “Rebels Recon” show, which will be posted after the 9 p.m. broadcast.
So who has made this their screensaver?
Are you just as excited for this final season of Star Wars Rebels as I am?
Let me know in the comments or via Twitter @PattyBones2
Today is Force Friday II and I spent most of my day looking and buying some of the new Star Wars merchandise.
A Quick Morning Stop!
Since I had to work today I was not able to go to any of the Force Friday II midnight opening events. However, I was able to stop by my local Meijer on the way to the office. This store was in the process of setting things up for Force Friday II. Fortunately, they did put out a few of the action figures so I was able to score a Black Series Thrawn, Jedi Traninee Rey and Hera Syndulla!
Afternoon Adventures: At The Mall
Fortunately, the office closed early for the holiday and I was able to do some looking and shopping at a mall near my office. My first stop was a quick stop at The Disney Store since this was the closest to my office. This had the appropriate atmosphere for buying Star Wars merchandise including a video screen playing Star Wars scenes and clips, tracks from the Star Wars soundtracks and demonstrations by the staff showing the new mechandise to younglings! It is here that I bought my first Porg, a very soft PLUSHIE, a Die Cast Rey figure and the Die Cast droid gift pack on clearance! I also received a bonus, a set of the new The Last Jedi posters!
Next I decided to make a quick stop by there was The Lego Store, since this was only a couple of doors down from The Disney Store. I personally did not see much in the way of new merchandise that I wanted to buy. However, I saw a few displays that interested me including a display of The Phantom II from Star Wars Rebels, The Arrowhead from The Freemaker Adventures and a huge Millennium Falcoln!
The last stop at the mall was at The Apple Store. Here I saw the new app enabled droids including BB-9E and R2-D2. There was also a STEM learning opportunity where they presented a class for kids on how to program these droids using coding techniques!
After dinner with my family, I made two additional stops to check out what other new Star Wars merchandise is available! I first made my way to Target where I found lots of new merchandise available! There was so much I could not decide what to buy with my limited budget. I bought the new Forces of Destiny Sabine figure, a Rose figure and a few Star Wars items to give my hubby for his upcoming Birthday.
My final stop of the day was at Walmart! Since I already spent my budget at the other stores, I did not buy anything here. However, this did not prevent me from looking and adding new items to my list once I save a little. What I found while looking around was more new merchandise including some exclusives not found at other retailers.
Well that was how I spent Force Friday II. So how did you spend your Force Friday? Which retailers did you go to? What did you buy?
I am continuing with my series of interviews with Fangirls that I have met through social media!
Today, it is my pleasure to interview fellow fangirl, Amy Richau, who writes about her geeky obsessions, like Star Wars, for a variety of websites. I became aware of Amy through her articles at FANgirl Blog and of course through her posts on twitter account, @amyrichau.
When do you realize you were a Fangirl?
I think I really knew in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s when I was collecting anything Star Wars related in thrift shops and antique malls. Even though there had barely been anything new Star Wars related for so long I still enjoyed having a connection to the films. I had a photo of George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and Francis Ford Coppola in my high school locker around this time. That was a sure sign I think!
How has social media helped or hindered you?
I have mixed feelings about fandom and social media. I love to see images of artwork, get links to new articles, and get recommendations on new books, movies, and TV shows – but it’s hard to get that and also block out all the negativity. If someone writes thoughtfully about a subject I’m interested to read it, even if I might not agree with them. But so much of what I see, on twitter especially, is just trashing on things – and then people complaining about people trashing something. That kind of negativity cycle is a total turn off to me. I’m always looking for more analytical discussions of films and TV shows and less of the “hot take” type of content. I just recently started to listen to a few podcasts which I think are great opportunities to have deeper discussions and conversations.
My friends aren’t huge Star Wars fans and I have only met one person in real life that I “met” through Star Wars social media so I think it would be very fun to go to a convention that had a lot of Star Wars content to meet some of the people I have chatted with or followed online.
When did you first see Star Wars or other favorite fandom, such as Star Trek, Lord of The Rings, etc. and did you love it right away or did this grow on you over time?
I have a vague memory of seeing Star Wars in the theater in 1977, and I remember being terrified Yoda was going to hurt Luke when I first saw The Empire Strikes Back. When I saw Return of the Jedi in 1983 that was the first Star Wars film that I truly fell in love with – and it was the first film where I wanted to jump into the movie and hang out with the characters. I’ve loved Star Wars ever since.
What have you learned from the Star Wars fan community or other fan communities that has had a positive impact on your life?
I think it’s always great to hear what has inspired others in their lives. And it’s important to know that even though you might feel like you’re the only person who loves something in your small town or school that you are not alone. And that being different or loving things that are different than what your peers love is not only ok – it’s fantastic.
I felt for many years that I should hide my Star Wars fandom, in part because it wasn’t cool and in part because I was female. Even when I had the chance to work at Skywalker Ranch in their film archive for a few months right before Revenge of the Sith came out I felt like I couldn’t be honest about how much I loved the films – which seems crazy to me now. But I only interacted with a few people and some of them, believe it or not, weren’t Star Wars fans. So now pretty much nothing makes me happier than seeing women in their twenties embracing Star Wars and seeing fans of Star Wars get jobs working on Star Wars related projects.
What else do you Fangirl about?
Twin Peaks, Disney, Marvel & DC more and more. I’m also a huge classic movie fan. Oh, and I love the Denver Broncos – I can’t leave them out of any fan conversation!
Anything else you want to say to others about being a Fangirl?
It’s nice to know there are people who share my sometimes crazy obessions with geeky things!
What cool Fangirl related project or projects are you working on that you would like to share?
I am starting up a blog about classic films called See Classic Films (seeclassicfilms.com).
Where can others find and inteact with you?
You can follow me on twitter @amyrichau
It is a pleasure to welcome Corie Weaver editor of the Sci-Fi Anthology series, Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide.
What does the title of this novel, series or set of stories signify?
We chose the name Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide because we wanted to create a sample of science fiction stories for readers of all ages. Every collection includes stories that represent the wide spectrum of science fiction, from rocket ship adventure, to weird west to post- apocalyptic to steampunk and more.
What prompted you to write in this genre and who or what inspired you to?
A random conversation with a friend back in 2014 sparked a new multi-year project – so be careful! My best friend was looking for new books for her young daughter. The qualifications seemed simple: Science fiction or fantasy, female protagonist, no romance. It was harder to find titles than I thought it would be. Sure, there were options – Wrinkle in Time, Zita the Space Girl, The City of Ember…. But not as many as I’d assumed. Turns out, according to a 2011 study of 6,000 children’s books, only 31 percent had central female characters, and even fewer featured main characters of color.*
I love science fiction. I believe it can bring us to a brighter future. So, I did the only logical thing, and put out a call for submissions for an anthology of science fiction shorts for middle grade readers, with a focus on diversity and representation. Girls, boys, robots – everyone is welcome here.
* “Gender in Twentieth-Century Children’s Books: Patterns of Disparity in Titles and Central Characters.” (http://gas.sagepub.com/content/25/2/197.full.pdf+html) The results of the study are also discussed in this Guardian article: (http://www.theguardian.com/books/2011/may/06/gender-imbalance-children-s-literature)
What are you a fan of and is this reflected in your writing or the writing of the authors of the series?
Tamora Pierce, Isaac Asimov, Usula K. LeGuin, Terry Prachett, Neil Gaiman – the list goes on and on. But one story I read in Asimov’s Magazine *mumblemumble* years ago has stuck with me for years – Beggars in Spain, by Nancy Kress. I reached out to Nancy when we started the anthology project, and she’s sold us a story every year. When I asked why she was such a strong supporter, she answered:
“When I was a child, the school library had a Girls’ Section, which included fairy tales, and a Boys’ Section, which included all the science fiction. Things have changed, of course, but not enough. There is a strong need for science fiction, as opposed to fantasy, aimed at girls, especially in the middle grades. This anthology is an important contribution to the effort to fill that need, and I’m delighted to be a part of it.”
If someone is interested in learning more about the Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide, where would they go?
The 2018 collection will be on Kickstarter starting June 13th, shipping in December.
Also, the 2017 Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide is now available via Amazon and Barnes and Noble. It is also available for Libraries! Learn more at http://dreamingrobotpress.com/2017-young-explorers-adventure-guide/!
AtoZ Blog Challenge 2017
Today starts the April 2017 AtoZ Blog Challenge.
What is the AtoZ Blog Challenge?
The challenge is where bloggers from around the world post a topic each day during the month of April, except on Sundays, related to a particular letter of the Alphabet. Basically, a blogger would post an article on April 1st with a topic related to the letter A and continue through the alphabet until April 30 with a topic related to the letter Z. To help visualize this, below is a schedule for the 2017 AtoZ blog Challenge:
You can participate by reading the articles that are posted each day. What good is an article posted that is never read?
Those bloggers participating in this Challenge will be posting links to their articles via the official A to Z Challenge blog, the AtoZ Challenge Simulcast Blog (for WordPress bloggers), or the AtoZ Blog Challenge Facebook. Bloggers can also use Twitter and Instagram to post links with the hashtag #AtoZBlogChallenge. There are also some blogs that do a good job of consolidating the links that are shared via Twitter for example, The #AtoZChallange Daily.
I participated in this Challange for several years and it helped me when I first started blogging. This Challenge is an excellent and exciting way to gather new readers, focus writing and showcase or expand the talent of writers and bloggers. If you have not read these previous AtoZ Challenge Blog posts you can find them here.
Although I am not participating in this year’s Challenge, I still want to support those that are. Therefore, good luck to those that are participating and I look forward to reading and sharing those that peek my interest.
So are you participating in the Challenge?
I am very sad to hear that Carrie Fisher has passed away. There are no words for how I feel that expresses my thanks to this wonderful person. However, I will do my best.
Carrie was a wonderful role model for many, especially this Fangirl by showing that there are self rescuing princesses. As I grew up, she also showed me that you can overcome many life struggles with humor. Her problems with her Mother and family really echoed some of the relationship problems I have faced in my life. Her dedication to her writing, showed me that a beautiful women can be many things in her life. Her wit and humor showed me to laugh even when things looked bad. Her love of the fans is one of the things I really liked about her.
Carrie took the time to interact with everyone she met. By spreading glitter on her fans at the conventions or even briefly talking to people, like my husband, as he was standing in line to get a diet pop at Star Wars Celebration VI in Orlando.
You will be missed Carrie.
May The Force Be With You, Always…
Sailor Moon R The Movie in Select Theaters Starting 1/19/17
Sailor Moon comes to the big screen in her first dazzling movie! Uncut and for the first time in theaters. Join Sailor Moon on an adventure to save not only the world, but also her true love! This limited engagement also includes the North American debut of the original theatrical short, Make Up! Sailor Guardians and exclusive extras. A special bonus gift will be given to ticket holders while supplies last.
Looking at the list of theaters, this Fangirl is disappointed that only one theater, The Maple Theater in Bloomfield Township, MI, will be showing this in my area. However, the good news is that there will be two showings, one of 1/19/17 and the other on 1/23/17, both at 7PM. Tickets are not available to buy for these showings yet. Hopefully, I will be able to buy tickets to one of these. Otherwise, I will have to wait until this is available on BluRay or via streaming.
You can find more details on other locations in the U.S. and to buy tickets here.