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

Fighting Screen Addiction and Getting Your Teen to Read

By Susi Jensen | August 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

It’s August, which means we’re almost done with summer, but it is not too late to steer your teen away from screens and toward reading. I have a soft heart for parents of teens. I have two kids and know well the battle parents wage relentlessly to engage their teens with anything other than their…

10 Reasons You Want to Watch BLADE RUNNER, The Original

By Susi Jensen | July 22, 2019 | 2 Comments

I rewatched BLADE RUNNER last night in a friend’s home-theater with a group of folks in their 20s and 30s. For some, it was their first time viewing the film. I consider myself one of the lucky ones to have seen the original BLADE RUNNER on the big screen during its first weekend release. I…

Three Gripping Summer Reads For Teens

By Susi Jensen | June 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

The List…Quick and Clean. FEED, by MT Anderson. This is still one of my favorite YA books. Anderson writes what I think is one of the best first lines in YA literature. We went to the moon to have fun, but the moon turned out to completely suck. Click here to read my review of the novel. It…

BINTI, A Review Without Spoilers

By Susi Jensen | June 7, 2019 | 1 Comment

BINTI, by Nnedi Okorafor, is a novella about a young woman from a desert tribe on Earth. Her people are called the Himba people and they make a vital piece of technology on Earth called an astrolabe. Binti is the name of the main character. The story, told in first person, begins with Binti climbing…

Writing Dynamic Non-Humanoid Aliens, Part 4 of 4

By Susi Jensen | May 22, 2019 | 3 Comments

The Hive Brain Alien (Spoilers Galore) Writing non-humanoid aliens who don’t speak a human language is no easy task. This post is preceded by three others. If you want the earlier insights, link to to Part 1,  Part 2, and Part 3. It occurs to me that I ought to define dynamic. That word is in…

Writing Dynamic Non-Humanoid Aliens, Part 3 of 4

By Susi Jensen | May 21, 2019 | 1 Comment

Today, I look at China Miéville’s, EMBASSYTOWN. Beware of spoilers. This won’t be a review of the novel, but a study of the Ariekei, the aliens indigenous to the planet Arieka. First, a little advice…If you have the opportunity, consume EMBASSYTOWN via audiobook. To buy EMBASSYTOWN via Audible, click here. To buy the physical novel, EMBASSYTOWN click here. Language…

Writing Dynamic Non-Humanoid Aliens, Part 2 of 4

By Susi Jensen | May 13, 2019 | 2 Comments

Caution: A few spoilers in this post… Non-humanoid aliens are a challenge for writers…hopefully, established in my previous post on writing dynamic non-humanoid aliens  If the alien doesn’t look or act like a human, it will be difficult for the audience to comprehend its character and motivation If it doesn’t speak in plain human lingo, along…

CAPTAIN MARVEL: Female Empowerment and the Superhero

By Susi Jensen | May 8, 2019 | 2 Comments

A REVIEW OF THE 2019 FILM AND A FEW OTHER OBSERVATIONS In the last ten years, the urging of audiences around the globe have pushed the film industry to re-think the way it portrays people of color and women, folks who might not have been featured in stories (especially superhero stories) as headliners. A number…

Writing Dynamic Non-Humanoid Aliens, Part 1 of 4

By Susi Jensen | May 7, 2019 | 3 Comments

A Study of Non-Humanoid Characters (Beware. A Few Spoilers Below. For a no-spoiler review of the film, ANNIHILATION click here, for a review of the novel, click here ) Since my second viewing of the film, ANNIHILATION, I have been musing on my own sci-fi writing, thinking about how difficult it is to portray non-humanoid aliens…

Film Review of Annihilation, Echoes of Ripley and the Alien Franchise…

By Susi Jensen | May 3, 2019 | 3 Comments

This is a review without spoilers.   Don’t miss this film. It’s easy to watch. Right now ANNIHILATION is free for Amazon Prime members.   Five Reasons to Watch this Film   It puts forward a non-humanoid portrayal of an alien species invading our planet–always a welcome change in sci-fi land. Watch it for the…

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