Saturday, April 25, 2015

80s Movies V is for V

Yeah, you read that right.

Welcome to April and the Blogging A to Z Challenge! Here's a quick refresher of my theme and the "rules" I set for myself.
  • Science Fiction and/or Fantasy movies from the 1980's
  • A movie I watched when it came out (meaning when I was a kid)
All I could think about was the TV mini-series V.
First there was a movie (1983)...


That required a bit more air time in 1984...


Don't you love the 80s theme show music? :) I remember bits of the first movie. Aliens come to visit. They seem quiet buddy buddy at first, but that doesn't make for good TV. The Visitors are really out to conquer the earth.

Do you know of any other V movies from the 80s?

Friday, April 24, 2015

80s Movies U if for Universal Soldier


Welcome to April and the Blogging A to Z Challenge! Here's a quick refresher of my theme and the "rules" I set for myself.
  • Science Fiction and/or Fantasy movies from the 1980's
  • A movie I watched when it came out (meaning when I was a kid)

U was hard! And today is another day I couldn't find anything in the 80s.

Universal Soldier (1992)


Sadly, I don't remember much about this one either. I do think it was one my brother liked? Do you remember it? Have you watched it recently?

Unbreakable (2000)

I loved this movie, but my husband hated it. He felt it was slow and then it ended. Needless to say he complained for days.

One child grows up scared to sneeze because it could break his bones. He spends his whole life trying to find meaning in it all. Along the way he does some horrible things for one reason. To find his opposite. I loved the idea of it all. How are super villains created? Are they born, does something change them? What? And more importantly, why would a villain create a superhero?

Thursday, April 23, 2015

80s Movies T is for Terminator



Welcome to April and the Blogging A to Z Challenge! Here's a quick refresher of my theme and the "rules" I set for myself.
  • Science Fiction and/or Fantasy movies from the 1980's
  • A movie I watched when it came out (meaning when I was a kid)

Terminator (1984)


What a fascinating idea. Someone from the past comes back to assassinate someone and change the future. Since this movie, that idea has been done many different ways. I loved the whole causality looping part of this movie. If the terminator had not been sent back, Reece would not have been sent back to save her. Sarah would not have fallen in love with him--thus getting pregnant with the man the computer wanted to prevent from being born. Yeah, simplistically complicated. That's how I like my scifi.

Twilight Zone the Movie (1983)


I probably remember more of the series episodes than the actual movie, but man, some of these were really freaky. In my mind this was the original X-files kind of thing. The bizarre, the unexplained, the stuff of nightmares. Years later another series followed the same pattern--The Outer Limits. Those were creeptastic as well!

And because I can't let it go unmentioned...

Total Recall (1990)


I didn't see the remake, and I haven't seen the original in years. As a kid I didn't get all the psychological things going on. I just thought it was an action packed futuristic movie and loved it. I'd like to watch it again and concentrate on the deeper levels.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Want to Pay it Forward by Judging a Contest?

UPDATE: I now have 6 volunteers! Thanks. This community is so wonderful! Everyone else will have to wait for next year. 

Last year I started my own short story contest for high school students. It was a lot of fun! Now that the anthology of twelve of the top stories is finished, I'm ready to start looking for the 2015 Judges. Judging will take place during the month of November. 

I'm looking for speculative fiction authors, any sub genre that fits under that umbrella. Here's what the job description entails:

1. Have time to read your batch of entries. For the first year we had about 30 pages each of reading. Hopefully, there will be more entries this year as the word spreads. I'll post a timeline when I send your batch of entries.

2. Write a few comments on each entry. Just a few sentences on what's working and what could be improved on. The goal of the comments is to be as positive and honest as possible while encouraging them to keep writing and growing.

3. Chose 4 to 5 entries from your batch as our semifinalists. This is all subjective, but choose the stories that grab your interest. Hopefully they are also the stories with good character and plot development.

4. Read the top 20 entries and choose your top 5.

5. Write comments for these top five. Maybe going into more detail, but not a full critique. Gear these comments toward helping the students edit their stories for the anthology.

6. Put your top 5 in order from 1st to 5th. I'll assign points to all judges choices. The story with the most collective points will be our winner!

It looks like a lot, but it will be spread over a month. During the contest your photo, bio and links to books and webpages will be up on Bold New Worlds. You'll also be listed in the 2015 BNW Anthology as a judge.

If you're interested shoot me an email. I'd like four judges to help me out this year.
charity.bradford @ gmail.com 

In the meantime, everyone should check out the anthology from last year. All royalties from the sale of the book will go straight to the cash prizes for this year. The contest is free for the students, and I'd like to add to the cash pot as we get more and more entries. 

Buy print or for kindle on Amazon.


80s Movies S is for Solarbabies and Space Camp


Welcome to April and the Blogging A to Z Challenge! Here's a quick refresher of my theme and the "rules" I set for myself.
  • Science Fiction and/or Fantasy movies from the 1980's
  • A movie I watched when it came out (meaning when I was a kid)

Solarbabies (1986)


I watched this one several times. While browsing online, I noticed many people labeled it as one of the worst movies of all times. Maybe, but as I kid I didn't have the standards of an adult. I liked it. The planet is devoid of rain and water. It's controlled and rationed creating a dystopian world much like the Mad Max world--but kid friendly.

Space Camp (1986)

Maybe I shouldn't admit I applied for Space Camp, but I did. We just couldn't afford it. Given the chance I'd go to space in a heart beat. Even now. Especially now.

Quote:
"In space anything is possible."

Short Circuit (1986)


Quotes:
"Number 5 is alive!"

"Life is NOT a malfunction."



Bonus from FADE INTO ME

Scotland--I want to go here so bad! Perhaps that's why I sent Ryanne there with Caedan. It's also the part of the book I'm the most insecure about. I've never been there! How can I write about it?

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