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June 15, 2012

Review: Redshirts by John Scalzi

Ok, first of all, if the title of this alone doesn’t have you squeeing with glee then I’m pretty sure you should just hand over your geek credentials right now. Still, I might give you a pass, but if you read the blurb for this book and don’t start jumping up and down in fan-girlish elation then, I’m sorry, you’re not human. You’re certainly not a geek.

To prove my point, here is said blurb:

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. It’s a prestige posting, and Andrew is thrilled all the more to be assigned to the ship’s Xenobiology laboratory.

Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the fact that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces, (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations, and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

Not surprisingly, a great deal of energy below decks is expended on avoiding, at all costs, being assigned to an Away Mission. Then Andrew stumbles on information that completely transforms his and his colleagues’ understanding of what the starship Intrepid really is…and offers them a crazy, high-risk chance to save their own lives.

Ok, for those of you don’t know (and really, what are you doing on this website if you don’t even know what a Redshirt is?) Redshirts are the crewmen on Star Trek who beam down to the planet with Kirk and Spock and the other main characters and then the redshirts end up getting eaten by a giant Were-Duck Space monster or melting to ooze because of some random Space Plague. Redshirts are the cannon fodder who die to let the audience know the situation is serious.

Basically, this book is Star Trek told from the Redshirts’ perspective, and they’re not taking it lying down anymore. But that’s oversimplifying. This book is just…dense. Layered. It’s Galaxy Quest with a heart. There’s dry humor and satire and meta-wink-wink-nudge-nudge stuff and really moving love stories and sadness and action and it just FUCKING ROCKS. I’m sorry, I’m not being articulate. I just finished this half and hour ago and I’m riding the high that really good fiction gives to any serious reader. This is absolutely one of the best books I’ve read in years. I read it one sitting; I just finished reading it half an hour ago and I already want to read it again. Here, to help convince you, have a sampling of some of my favorite bits:

“I really want to know what you’re smoking,” Finn said. “Because whatever the hell it is, I’m betting I can make a hell of a profit on it.”

***

“On a good day I can bang out a first draft of an episode in six hours. Is it good? It ain’t Shakespeare, but then, Shakespeare wrote Titus Andronicus, so you tell me.”

***

“What we’ve been told…is that as the flagship of the Dub U, the Intrepid takes on a larger share of sensitive diplomatic, military and research missions than any other ship in the fleet. Because of that, there is commensurate increase of risk, and this a statistically larger chance crew lives will be lost. It’s part of the risk of such a high-profile posting.”

“In other words, crew deaths are a feature, not a bug.”

***

Really, if you have even a little bit of the SF geek in your soul, if you enjoy meta-fiction and ruminations about the nature of story and characters, if you enjoy stories about underdogs and friendship and soldiering on in the face of impossible odds then pick this one up. You won’t regret it.

Buy this book. Now. John Scalzi deserves some of your money for being so fucking brilliant, AND so talented it makes me gnash my teeth in the best kind of writerly envy.

Here are some buy links:

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

By hook or crook, guile or strength or whatever READ THIS BOOK!

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May 21, 2012

Weekly Want: Geeky Movie T-shirts

I thought it might be fun to do a post each week that appeals to the rapid consumer in all of our little heart of geek hearts. To that end, I’m going to comb the internets each week to find cool stuff that I personally as a rapid geek am drooling to buy but also that I think you, as my fellow geeks, will be interested in.

Now, one of my claims to fame is my t-shirt collection. It’s true, ask the other nerdgirls. It is Epic (yeah with a capital E, wut?) And many of the staples of said t-shirt collection are movie-based shirts. So, here, now, I’m going to give you a rundown of my top five Geek t-shirts. Some of these I own. Some I’m only drooling over as I eagerly await my next paycheck.

I shall explain my criteria for what makes a truly excellent movie t-shirt. First of all, it should not have just the movie poster on it. That’s too easy. That is not for the true, die-hard movie buff. Famous quotes are OK, but the better shirts are just referential. These require inside, intimate knowledge of the movies. These also get you more points with fellow nerds because it’s like being part of a secret club. Getting the obscure movie reference is like knowing the secret handshake. You are sister-geeks in the Great Sisterhood of Geekdom. Which is why this shirt, which totally could have made my list, is instead being called out for suckage:

Seriously? You have the referential thing nailed and then you blow it at the very end by saying what movie you’re referencing. T-Shirt FAIL. Totally.

Anyway, just had to get that off my chest…so now, let’s get to the good stuff. The best of the best when it comes to Geeky Movie T-shirts. Let the t-shirt bonanza begin!!!

5. The Sunnydale Reunion T-Shirt: Meets all the criteria. Referential without giving the game away to the uninitiated. Good color. Cute graphic. FTW.

4. Hoverboards Need Land: Another from one of my fav t-shirt purveyors Snorgtees.com. It’s a famous quote but that still doesn’t mean people will get the reference. (My mom didn’t. *headdesk*)

Snorg Tees really speak to my movie buff soul like no other online retail establishment. I have several of their shirts (including this other BTTF shirt over here.) And I want many, many more of them. Case in point….

3. Save Endor. Just look at this shirt. Do I need to say more? LOVE. IT.

2. Because this wouldn’t be a complete list without a Star Trek reference, my favorite of the many “Red Shirt” t-shirts on offer:

1. And now, because I believe in saving the best for last, here is the Ultimate Movie Buff t-shirt. Spoilt. This shirt is the ultimate proof of my rule that t-shirts should force people to be in the know on movies to be Truly Awesome. This t-shirt is the ultimate test of that. Also, the graphic design on this kicks ass.

Here, have a close up so you can appreciate this better…

Do you have a favorite geeky movie t-shirt? Point me towards it. I’m always trying to expand my collection.

Ta,

Beth Matthews

December 6, 2011

A Nerd Chrismukah Wishlish: Zombie Attack Barbie

[via Sarah Anne Langton]

From the 1950s onwards girls were encouraged to hone their zombie slaughtering skills in preparation for the inevitable apocalypse. Though young ladies dispose of the undead with ease today, toys such as Mattel’s 1962 ‘Zombie Attack Barbie’ were instrumental in helping to habituate girls to a new social norm where zombie disposal would become a very necessary life skill.

Now a collectors item ‘Zombie Attack Barbie’ played a salient role in ensuring the survival of countless young girls who grew up ready and willing to slaughter the zombie menace. This much loved toy still holds fond memories for so many of the lovely ladies from our Zombie Clearance Squads today.

This Barbie is definitely worth the search for. I would LOVE the person bought be this! Maybe include the Zombie Ken with that.

November 26, 2011

A Nerd Chrismukah Wishlist: iPhone Cases for My Fellow Apple Freaks

Feel free to let your flags fly with these fun iPhone hard cases on Redbubble. Star Wars, Firefly, Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Calvin & Hobbes and every type of crossover, mish-mash you can think of. They’ll run you about $37 but you’re in luck! They’re on sale this weekend – %25 off all iPhone cases. Perfect stocking stuffer or teensy gift.

Not to mention Redbubble has a really great collection of t-shirts, posters, stickers and whatnot.

[Redbubble]

November 26, 2011

A Nerd Chrismukah Wishlist: DC Comics Bling from nOir Jewelry

If you’re shopping for your Nerdgirl this weekend, consider these choice gifties from nOir Jewelry. Their Gotham City ring is just damn cool.

And I’ve been seriously lusting after these Bat Girl earrings:

Their DC Comics collection features pieces inspired by Batman, Wonder Woman, Supergirl, and Cat Woman. They have Disney and Barbie collections as well if you swing that way. Nothing says love like jewelry, amirate? Now go and buy.

[nOirJewelry.com]

November 25, 2011

A Nerd Chrismukah Wishlist: Doctor Who Ornaments

BBC Worldwide have some pretty awesome tree decorations for your Christmas Tree. You can get these hand-crafted glass Tardis or Dalek decorations for £13.99 each. Each decoration is approximately 5 in. tall.

Buy it at the BBC Shop HERE and be sure to also check out the ornament bundles available.

November 23, 2011

Have You Ever Wanted a Jet Pack??

Now, you can have one. Jet packs are finally available to the public, but it’s likely you’ll be using them on vacation sooner than in your back yard. First off the “Jetlev” only runs on large quantities of water (lakes, oceans), and at a “1% only” price of $96,500 it’s still ridiculously expensive for the average consumer.

For us not fortunate enough to “make it rain” but still want to recreate Super Mario Sunshine, several have reportedly been purchased and are now at vacation spots in Nevada, Florida, Hawaii and Arizona for you to rent.

Think it looks cool? Watch the demo video below to get the full details, and watch the one below it to get the hilarious reality.

[via GeekTyrant]

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November 21, 2011

A Nerd Chrismukah Wishlist: Star Wars Hoodies

If you get any of these amazing hoodies, you have me to thank. Because these hoodies looks awesome! I desperately want one. Marc Echo has designed a couple of other Star Wars related apparel before, but this is the first time I have came across them.

You can buy any of these off of Marc Echo’s site here.

Skywalker style. This Star Wars X-Wing Pilot Hoodie by Marc Ecko features a zip-front with a hood that doubles as an X-Wing Pilot helmet.
Pilot-style design in front and back with rib knit sleeve cuffs and hem.

 

The Real Trooper hoodie from Marc Ecko. Zip-front hoodie features “Storm Trooper” body and the hood looks like a mask.

From The Star Wars Collection, this cool zip-front hoodie features Boba Fett, the Bounty Hunter.
Hooded with two pockets, script logo on one sleeve; Star Wars patch on the pocket.

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November 10, 2011

A Nerd Chrismuka Wishlist: Assassin’s Creed Monteriggioni Hoodies

Insert Coin Clothing is selling these awesome hoodies inspired by Assassin’s Creed:Brotherhood. They are $55, £35, €40 but only available for shipping in the UK. So find a friend and have them ship it to you in the states.

In 1499, Monteriggioni was at the height of its splendour, all thanks to a certain Ezio. Celebrate his hard work with this official hoodie. The unique eagle peak on the hoodie folds away perfectly, tucking back inside the hood on whenever you want to blend in.

[via GeekTyrant]

November 8, 2011

Neat Superhero Alter-ego Prints

Artist Danny Hass has created some very awesome art prints of superheroes and their alter-egos. Threw in a hint of vintage and now I’m about to go buy one.

You can purchase any of the at Society6.