"If you ask 'Should we be in space?' you ask a nonsense question. We are in space."   -Frank Herbert

Review of THE RAIN, Season 1

By Susi Jensen | September 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

I binge-watched the final 5 episodes of the NETFLIX series THE RAIN…finishing the first season. Here is my take on the potent Danish production, dubbed for English-speaking viewers. By the way, I wasn’t annoyed by dubbing. I thought it was done well. This series might earn an R rating if released on the big screen,…

The Rise of the Audio Book. Part II

By Susi Jensen | August 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

What to look for when choosing a book, especially if you’re a novice audiobook consumer… Today, as I was having my teeth cleaned, my dental hygienist told me she is NOT a reader these days because of having two little girls to whom she reads all the time (a 4-year-old and a 2-year-old), but has…

The Rise of the Audio Book, Part I

By Susi Jensen | August 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

Do you listen to audio books? I do (and my family does) and word on the street is, there are a lot of book-listeners out there. Here’s what Forbes’ Media and Entertainment writer, Adam Rowe reported last year: “In 2017, digital content subscription service Scribd’s fastest-growing segment was audiobooks. Primary audiobook subscriber numbers for Scribd…

THE LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS, A Book Review

By Susi Jensen | July 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

THE LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS is one of the greatest scifi stories of all time and it’s not a difficult read. There is a simplicity to the prose as the main character narrates in the first person, yet profound ideas flow out of this tome like rivers from a mountain spring. I highly recommend this…

The Phantom Tollbooth, Twenty Possible Discussion Questions for Educators

By Susi Jensen | July 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

The art of a good question is always to draw out the thoughts and feelings of the one being questioned…(and for the most part…to avoid yes/no answers).  Here are 20 questions to get your student chatting up a storm (of course the student must have read the book closely in order to answer them, so…

The Phantom Tollbooth, A Review for Parents and Educators (with a few spoilers)

By Susi Jensen | July 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH is a Gateway Book for Digging into a Values Discussion with your Children or Students This post is especially (but not only) for folks who have kids or teach kids. I loved my re-read of THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH. Here are four reasons why you ought to read this book with a child…

Lost In Space, 2018 Netflix Series, a Review

By Susi Jensen | June 29, 2018 | 1 Comment

Let’s say you’re a single male/female scifi fan or no-kids couple and both of you are scifi fans. I say…YES, watch this. Let’s say you’re a family that likes scifi or even…you just like great stories, I say…ABSOLUTELY, YES! Watch LOST IN SPACE together. This series is totally fun and so far, it is blowing…

Operation Goose Trap (Original Speculative Fiction) by Susi Pritchett Jensen

By Susi Jensen | June 25, 2018 | 1 Comment

Former Army Sergeant, Moe Chen, sent a message drone to Santiago Debussy and Geraldine Falcon on a scorching Sunday in late May 2062 offering each a job in the government sanctioned goose trapping operation. They were promised Japanese Yen as well as fuel coupons for the travel. They were to report to Lake Merritt, in…

Annihilation, Book Review

By Susi Jensen | June 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

ANNIHILATION, Review of the novel By Jeff Vandermeer “When you see beauty in desolation it changes something in you. Desolation tries to colonize you.” The above observation comes to the reader early in ANNIHILATION and is a good representation of the reflective narration of this creepy science fiction novel, a book I highly recommend to…

THE THREE BODY PROBLEM: For Educators

By Susi Jensen | June 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

Worthy of a Physics/Calculus Teacher’s Attention particularly high school and particularly for AP or IB students ALSO instructive for discussions in philosophy and ethics (see bottom paragraph) High school physics instructors or calculus instructors…this novel would make a great summer reading assignment before your class begins in the Fall. One, the story is entertaining. Two, the story…

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Film Post

Reviews of science fiction film, old and new, with the aim to help parents, teachers and nerds go deep in discussion around topics related to the film

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Reviews of various science fiction series currently on tv and in rerun searchable by keywords and topics

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Reviewing old and new science fiction novels and short stories with suggestions  for questions relevant to educators, book groups and parents

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Commentary on worldbuilding, creating dynamic characters and crafting a plot as well as some of my own science fiction writing

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