The Weekly Yaasss is a round-up of everything Reviews & Robots, and beyond! Get up to date on last week’s articles, find a few yaasss-worthy things in sci-fi for the week, and check out the upcoming books I’m adding to my reading list.
This week’s list includes some thoughts on a couple of new films, a bunch of space news, upcoming reviews and excitement for the upcoming Tor.com novellas. Scroll down to check it all out!
I’m all for wild movies, but this one really takes the cake. Have you heard about Anna and the Apocalypse? It’s an end-of-the-world movie with zombies that’s also a musical. You heard me right. Watch the trailer and you won’t be disappointed. I’ll definitely be seeing this as soon as possible. See the trailer here.
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms came out this past week and it looks like a fantasy dream. It’s reminiscent of Narnia, but with a lot more pizazz. I’d love to know if anyone has seen this yet! I’m hoping to get on it soon. See the trailer here.
Finally, I’m AMAZED at the list of novella authors coming out of Tor.com in the next few months. Alastair Reynolds, Gareth Powell and Seanan McGuire, just to name a few. There’s climate change, dystopias, fantasy worlds – the sky most definitely is not the limit. Check out the full list here.
Articles That Caught My Eye
It seems like we keep seeing more and more evidence of life on Mars in the past few weeks. I’m starting to wonder if the John Carter version of Mars wasn’t far off.
It would appear that an epic space battle is brewing between nebulas and black holes. I’ll admit I’ve reduced many space photos to their beautiful colors and fascinating shapes. Serves me right for underestimating the power of the universe.
Scientists Want to Build a Telescope the Size of Nebraska, Popular Mechanics
I’m trying to fathom what a set of radio telescopes would look like if stretched across thousands of miles. I’ve driven across Nebraska and 8 straight hours of telescopes would be a wild sight to see.
The planet-hunting Kepler space telescope is dead, Science News
I’d say this telescope did its job ten times over. We know so much more about the universe than we’ve ever known, thanks to this beast hurtling through space, snapping photos.
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How to Fracture a Fairy Tale is a compilation of the world’s greatest hits, matching old tales with new characters and settings. Yolen is a master of the fairy tale form – you’ll find her writing style both enchanting and enticing as you wind through these modern adaptations to discover her unique perspective. The collection is a masterpiece of fairy tale storytelling, one that should be read by lovers of fairy tales and those new to the genre.
The Subjugate is deftly written, pairing the thrill of a crime novel with an analysis of technology and its impact on the world at large. Central to the novel is a critique of methods of control, examining religion, technology, and the criminal justice system. Bridgeman doesn’t shy away from these debates, presenting strong opinions on the reformation of criminals, and the positive and negative aspects of religion. Overall, it’s a smart, well-crafted story that drew me in until the very end.