Science Fiction Authors That Were(n’t) Ahead of Their Time

I love science fiction. Its why I play video games. Exploring new worlds, killing aliens, space travel, life on Mars, all the things that may or may not ever be possible to humankind right at my fingertips.

I ran the idea for my blog post of the day: “Sci-Fi Writers That Were Ahead of Their Time” past my husband this morning, and he told me that these authors weren’t AHEAD of their time, that they were ON time, and we wouldn’t have science fiction as it is today without them.

So here is my top four list of science fiction authors that were ON time, and we have sci-fi as we know it because of them:

Jules Verne: This popular author is most well-known for his stories “Journey to the Center of the Earth” and “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.” If you haven’t read these books, you have undoubtedly seen one of the numerous movie adaptations. The thing that I think is the most amazing about Jules Verne is that he lived in the late 1800’s, before any of the technology for the ideas in his books would have ever been imagined. He was just curious about what was under the sea, and inside of the earth.

HG Wells: Author of “The Invisible Man,” “War of the Worlds,” and “The First Men in the Moon,” his titles are slightly spooky and I’m sure pretty alarming at the time, before people had ever heard of anything like this! Giant aliens attacking the earth? An invisible man?

George Orwell: I’m not exactly sure if Orwell should be on this list, as I would probably say that his books are more political commentary than actual Science-Fiction. However, his book “1984” is an amazing and terrifying classic. Perhaps not the first of its kind, but I believe it had an influence on Science-Fiction, as well as popular and political culture. Some movies that carry a similar tone to his book are: “12 Monkeys,” “Blade Runner,” and “Total Recall,” not to mention Ray Bradbury wrote his classic story, “Fahrenheit 451,” only four years after Orwell’s “1984” was published, so Bradbury may well have been influenced by Orwell’s writing also.

Ray Bradbury: “Fahrenheit 451” and “The Martian Chronicles” are amazing full length books, descriptive and imaginative. The “Martian Chronicles,” written in a journal-like format, is an interesting story about a family’s life on Mars. My all-time favorite book by Bradbury is “The Illustrated Man.” This is a short story collection, based on a man’s enchanted tattoos. The unique idea is intriguing, and every sci-fi story within is captivating. Many people don’t like short story collections because they’re not detailed enough to get pulled into, but each story in this collection is unique and captivating from beginning to end.

Thinking about these creative men being the first to have the science fiction idea is astounding to me. Thank you for your work gentlemen, and creating my favorite genre as it is today.

What do you think? Who are some other great authors that made science fiction what it is today?

First thoughts: The For Honor open beta

Let’s talk about For Honor. I have been excited for this game since I saw this first trailer a few months ago, but didn’t really know what to expect. I was kind of anticipating just another boring hack and slash game, but was pleasantly surprised.

I played the beta for the first time last night, teaming up with a couple good friends online. We stuck mainly to the dominion style of the game, where you capture the objectives. It was a bit frustrating at first, when you’re working out the unusual game controls, and trying to find the best character for yourself. I got murdered plenty of times, and we lost our first few matches by 600 points or so.

There are three different factions, and three classes in each faction. The one I found my niche with was the Viking berserker. She is armed with two axes, was fast, agile, and all around awesome.

Once you get a hang of the game, it is fun, and awesome to play. The game requires a lot of teamwork, capturing points, everyone not being in the same place at once, reviving downed teammates, and so on. I can see how non-communicative teammates could be frustrating, and make the game less enjoyable.

The game is aesthetically attractive, and the characters creative, each class handling differently. The movement: fighting, running, climbing, is all very fluid. It’s a fun game to watch and play. The loot system is also neat, you get stuff at the end of each battle you win, as well as coin to buy upgrades and so on.

The matches can be difficult starting out, and the controls are much different than most fighting games. But, once you master the basics: blocking, attacking and helping your team, the game is a blast. Also, since this game is hard, the kills are especially satisfying, and slicing an enemy’s head off after a long fight is gross, but very awesome.

The beta is free on steam currently, and the full game comes out on February 14th. I definitely recommend checking it out!

Have you played For Honor yet? What did you think?

Why You Need to Read the Witcher book series

I love the game Witcher 3. It is a great adventure game, and the story had me right away.

As a lot of people don’t know, the Witcher games are based off of a Polish book series written by Andrzej Sapkowski. The series contains two standalone books of short stories, “The Last Wish” and “The Sword of Destiny” as well as multiple other books, containing one continuous story that follows the path of Geralt, Ciri, and Yennifer.

These books are amazing. Even if you aren’t in to the Witcher games, these are amazingly written and intelligently crafted fantasy books. The short stories collections, especially the Sword of Destiny, were my favorite. The writing style is magnificent and creative, and Sapkowski creates a beautiful and mysterious world that’s easy to get lost in.

I haven’t finished the whole story of Geralt and Ciri yet, as the last book, “The Lady of the Lake” has not finished being translated into English. It’s coming this March to stores in the US, and I can’t wait!

These are great books. Whether you love the Witcher games and want to get more into the world, and know more about the characters, creatures and story, or if you are just looking for a good read, these are  for you. I recommend starting with “The Sword of Destiny.” It has short stories of some of Geralt’s earliest adventures.

 

Have you read the Witcher series? What did you think?

 

My review of Xcom 2

Xcom 2. This is a turn based game, focusing on hunting aliens and rescuing resistance members, basically. You are the “commander” and in charge of leading the resistance to victory against the aliens taking over the world.

This game is awesome. The main game with no DLC has a great story that is fun to play through. As far as the turn based style, it’s not boring. And with the DLC content and Long War 2 it’s a long, exciting game. Long war 2 is very challenging and more strategic based than story focused.

There are lots of different alien types to fight, as well as different classes of soldier your characters can become as they rank up. So many options.

The graphics aren’t super amazing, if you’re into realistic looking games. It’s also sort if like a rogue game in that if one of your soldiers dies they’re dead forever. So if that’s something you don’t like in a game, always use cover!

Overall, I give this a 9/10, especially with the DLC.