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The Most Amazing Quotes About Science Fiction
Science fiction is a world worked in and lived in by necessity, not by choice. If we as readers are seeking a world so dark and revealing when we could be visiting Rivendell instead, we’re seeking it because we need it. Why? The answer depends on the person. Some of us are in a perpetual state of near-frantic scientific curiosity that demands more satisfaction than our own research can give us. Some of us are struggling with mental illness, and the world of science fiction is a reassuring reminder that every world has its horrors. Some of us need to hear that we are not the only ones who would turn tail and run in the face of almost-certain death and unimaginable horrors. No matter why we seek it, there are always certain passages that speak the thoughts we can’t put into words, and in so doing give us a peace we can hardly explain. Here are a few; they’re just a sample of the many inspiring words from speculative authors, scientists, and visionaries.
Most Magical Fantasy Movie Soundtracks
Sometimes it’s fun to visit a dark world where creatures jump out at you and everyone’s a little mad. At other times, you’d like to fall asleep, relaxed and happy, imagining yourself enjoying a pint in the Shire and watching Gandalf’s fireworks. Here are some of the most enchanting soundtracks a fantasy-loving dreamer could possibly imagine.
Natural and Organic Makeup You'll Adore From Day One
Sometimes you feel like Ophelia, Hamlet’s tragic love, being commanded to “paint an inch thick” - and with ingredients that came from who knows where. If you’re intentional about what you’re putting in your body, it’s also important to know what’s going on your body, because pores (you know, those tiny holes in your skin that let things inside). While it can be discouraging to find products that you feel good about using, it’s getting easier to find organic-conscious makeup and skincare lines all the time. These fresh-faced choices from beauty companies who really care about where their ingredients come from will have you looking at your morning routine in a whole different way.
Best Steampunk Comic Books
How do you know if steampunk comic books are for you? Ask yourself if the following images would excite you: a man with a glowing furnace for a chest; a Victorian Batman in aviator goggles; pterodactyls; psychic powers; death by guillotine; an Emperor Zombie. Oh, and a kickass lady detective whose limbs have been replaced with machinery by a psychotic serial killer. If you said "yes" to any of the above, kindly read on for a list of the very best steampunk comic books.
The Best 'Star Trek' Gifts
Beam some amazing gifts under your Christmas tree and impress the Trekkies in your life. Old, young, fans of the original series or devoted followers of the new one, it doesn’t matter - everyone will find something to love on this list (unless they don’t like Star Trek, in which case, why are you getting them a present again?). Give the holidays all you’ve got and remember to gift long and prosper.
Amazing DIY Firefly Projects All Browncoats Will Love
Wait. Are you reading the right list? Here is a short quiz: Are you always referring to someone named “Cap’n Tight-Pants” as if he were not only a real man, but your personal hero?
Sci-Fi's Obsession with the American West
I was once in Big Bend National Park and thought I’d stepped onto another planet. If you’ve had the misfortune never to have visited, it’s a mostly parched desert wonderland with the strangest flowers, succulents, and eerie hills that you can imagine. Toss in the sexy wild lawlessness of the historical American West and you can see why science fiction would create some of its most memorable works against such an awe-inspiring backdrop. From cartoons like Cowboy Bebop and Trigun to animated shows like Galaxy Rangers and Bravestarr, science fiction clearly has a great big ol’ crush on the American West. There’s DC Comics’ Jonah Hex, a whole slew of terrible B-movies, and then there are the great ones: films like Westworld and Back to the Future Part III, books like The Gunslinger, and shows like Firefly (*sniff*). If you haven’t seen them yet, check out these incredible tributes to science fiction and the West all in one beautiful biomechanical horse meets pony-express package.
Best Fantasy Graphic Novels for Kids
Reading children’s books is fun. Reading children’s graphic novels is even more fun. A major benefit of having kids (or nieces and nephews) is that you get to enjoy all sorts of things that you’re supposedly too old for: eating cotton candy, telling knock-knock jokes, playing Pac-Man, coloring, dressing up for Halloween. What, you already do all those things? Great, then you’ll have absolutely no shame in enjoying all these great fantasy graphic novels for kids. I MEAN, buying them for the kids in your life. Sometimes you just want a break from the intensity of adult books though, you know what I mean? When the sex, violence, and tragedy of Watchmen is getting to be too much for you, pick up one of these and let the childhood nostalgia wash over you as you get lost in a safer, happier world.