A – Z Challenge – Sci-Fi Films Z is for Enders Game

Hi there bloggies, I’ve been seeing some post warning me of an A – Z Challenge and I was curious. I’ve seen this around before but have never participated, for some mad reason I thought I would give it a go.

So here I am.

My theme is the A-Z of Scifi moves, I’ve not given this a great deal of thought and I know of a number but I won’t lie there’s some I will struggle with. I hope you enjoy them!

Z is for Ender’s Game

There’s a Z in this I promise – just don’t look for it!

Hostile aliens called Formics attach the Earth and only when legend Mazer (See there’s a Z!) Rackham can Earth take a victory. To find the next Mazer Col Graff (Harrison Ford) starts a military program – training young recruit in the tactics of war. One boy stands out – Ender Wiggin and Mazer Rackham take him on as his protege to prepare him take the war to the Formics.

This is a great film! I was being silly to include in Z but I had to have it in the list somewhere! Like any great Sci-Fi story it covers not just spaceships and blazing battles but some big ethical issues as well and like the greats there’s a big twist in the tale with another twist at the end.

The conclusion is not what you expect and leaves Ender with a huge responsibility.

With Y done that means Z is next… This is the last one!!!!



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A – Z Challenge – Sci-Fi Films The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Hi there bloggies, I’ve been seeing some post warning me of an A – Z Challenge and I was curious. I’ve seen this around before but have never participated, for some mad reason I thought I would give it a go.

So here I am.

My theme is the A-Z of Scifi moves, I’ve not given this a great deal of thought and I know of a number but I won’t lie there’s some I will struggle with. I hope you enjoy them!

Y is for The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Don’t start ok? You try finding a Sci-Fi film beginning with Y – so I did a flip and it’s the last letter in this case.

Most Sci-Fi nerds will have read the great book The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, there was a series back the 70’s / 80’s and in 2005 a film was created and released. The film generally follows the book apart from one bit in the middle which is odd.

So if you need refreshing, Arthur Dent’s house is about to be demolished and his friend Ford Prefect think s the best way to solve this is to go to the pub. While at the pub Ford tells Arthur that the Earth is going to be destroyed to make way for the a hyperspace bypass.

So ford and Arthur end up on a Vogon destructor ship, get shot into space and rescued by Zahod Beeblebrox in the spaceship Heart of Gold which he has stolen. Here Arthur finds Trillan and a whole adventure begins…

Marvin from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Although this film doesn’t stick strictly to the plot it’s pretty good and quite enjoyable with loads of funny silly moments in it and a number of amusing ideas. Among which of course is Douglas Adams Space is BIG quote read by Stephen Fry who narrates through the film.


With Y done that means Z is next… This is the last one!!!!



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Planet Simon’s Weekly Orbit – Blog Date 18-2019

Happy Monday bloggies! After the Easter crazy time it’s all back to a five day working week, it’s funny how you get used to less very quickly. As usual on a Monday Planet Simon completes another orbit and take a look at the week gone by and a little at the week ahead.

During the last Orbit

As you all know I decided to take up the A-Z Challenge, where I need to post 26 daily posts (not including Sundays) through April. Apparently it’s in it’s 10th year but nonetheless I have decided to carry this out for SciFi movies so here’s what lasts week’s entries were:

S is for Star Wars

T is for 2001 A Space Odyssey

U is for The Undiscovered Country

V is for Valerian – The City of A Thousand Planets

W is for War of the Worlds

X is for the X Files

H is not missing now:

H is for the Hunger Games

There’s two more A – Z posts to go. Keep an eye out! It’s been great doing this, I’ve learned a lot about what I have and haven’t seen, and what you guys think of them.

It’s been great to find more followers and the odd closet Sci-Fi fan.





Other posts from Last week:

I was a busy little bee this week gone and there’s more to see:

My Blog Battle story for the month came out this week, about a time space experiment that goes wrong Phase Shift I think is pretty interesting – have you read it?

I saw a post – a brilliant post from Stephanie from the Irresponsible blogger. Called I Feel you Being it’s her take on how life must be abundant in the Universe.

I have also made… a decision. Shock Horror I decided to start Extinction Protocol. Again. I didn’t like how the first story was going to go, so I’ve started again and taking it in a completely different direction. See it here:

Extinction Protocol – Part 1


Post from Planet Simon Past

I shared apost from NASA a while back on 7 Facts that will make you feel very small


Out of this World Bloggers:

As a way of giving back to the blogging world and the great bloggies that you are I thought I would start featuring some of the great bloggies I know or have come across.

So this week’s lucky bloggies are:

Stephanie from the Irresponsible Blogger
I reblogged Steph’s amazing post last week… make sure you lok up her blog 🙂

Meg
Meg creates some really amazing creative posts and I make sure I try and keep up with what she’s doing.



This week will see the end of the A-Z but the Start of hopefully some new things… Keep watching! What will you bloggies be doing this week?

Keep smiling and writing!


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A – Z Challenge – Sci-Fi Films H is for The Hunger Games

Hi there bloggies, I’ve been seeing some post warning me of an A – Z Challenge and I was curious. I’ve seen this around before but have never participated, for some mad reason I thought I would give it a go.

So here I am.

My theme is the A-Z of Scifi moves, I’ve not given this a great deal of thought and I know of a number but I won’t lie there’s some I will struggle with. I hope you enjoy them!

H is for The Hunger Games

Katniss volunteers to take her sisters place after she’s choses to take place in the annual Hunger Games after the 12 districts of Panem try and rebel against the ruling Government run by President Snow.As the 24 players are released, after a quick cull half are taken down then it’s up to Katniss to stay alive and become the last to survive.

Until the rules change and one other can survive.


Hunger games is great, with a huge cult following. The plot is simple, the strength of the story is in the characters, their own individual stories and what they will do to stay alive. Like a modern day Running Man this story is big on corrupt dystopian societies, the power of media and how it can corrupt and how far will a man go to keep power?

This was H – the odd one out. Now that’s done! Phew!



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The Extinction Protocol – Part 1


Personal log Commander Scott Edwards
Olympus Colony Mars
Sol 673

I’ve sat here, totally silent for the last hour. Probably the first hour that I’ve had to think in months. I’ve heard about people having these times of their lives that they look back on and it seems like a bad dream and they wonder what the fuck happened and why it was it happened to them or that isn’t life really shit.

Well looking back now I’m having that feeling and then some.

I’m still coming to terms with the fact that I’m one of about forty five human beings that make up the human race, forty one of them are here and there four more apparently. Two on the Earth – Mars conveyor and two more on a ship that I’ve only just found out about and it’s apparently on it way. We could fit the whole human race into a medium sized room – just. There were four more bringing us to nearly fifty but they just snapped, went for a walk and never came back.

I’ll never forget that day for as long as live, how could I? I looked up and watched as around 8 billion people died on Earth, in a way that the universe beautifully understated as a bright light that shone for several hours on Mars and was the brightest star in the sky for a while. Among those 8 billion I count the three people I loved most in the world and one dog. It was strange, it was peaceful and just so tragic at the same time. It didn’t matter what we were or could do, the universe let us know it could snuff us out – just like that.

For these last months I’ve had to come to realise that no matter what we do here on Mars we are not able to make ourselves self sufficient and at some point within the next five years are all likely to either starve, suffocate or, well that’s about it really. I have been coming to terms with my own mortality, my own insignificance in the universe. Yet now there is more, it seems my great pay masters who are now dust had simultaneously pulled the wool over my eyes and everyone else’s. This is something I know I cannot share, how can I? The human race needs to move and adapt, like it or not. They can’t do that if they’re looking back, they need to look forward.

What is coming seems to me to be a total shot in the dark. Not suicide, the odds of success seem too big to even think about.

So I won’t.


“What the hell?” Neila threw back at Edwards “Is this for real?”

“Yes” Stone replied calmly and bluntly “It’s real.”

“So. Just so I have this straight in my mind.” Jett interrupted “In three weeks this spacecraft is going to enter orbit of Mars.”

“Yes.” Scott agreed.

“You and a few others are going to jump on this, leave us behind some kind of interstellar gateway thing. Then you’re fucking off to a new star, setting up a cosy place to live and deploying the second part of this gateway and use the Earth – Mars conveyor to take us through this gateway.”

“That’s about it.” Edwards agreed. The room was silent, but only for a moment.

“Bullshit!” Jett spat. “Even if this works we’re trusting you not to leave us behind.”

“I know this is going to be hard, I know we’re all going to have to take trust to a whole other level and if we fail you may never know.” Edwards explained calmly. “But this is a second chance for the human race, it’s beyond a long shot. It’s a chance in a million. But here on Mars, we have no chance, sooner or later we’re dead. I’m taking that chance, I hope you guys will too!”

“How long will this take?” Cassi asked

“If we’re lucky, ten years. If not could be much longer!”

“Those left on Mars won’t survive that long, even our best estimates suggest we have three years tops!” Cassi argued. “Also where has this plan and this ship suddenly appeared from?”

Cassi was young but Edwards knew there was no fooling her. “I don’t know. This plan is as news to me as it is to you. I have no details yet but the plan is that everyone on Mars will survive the time it takes us to get to our final destination.”

“You didn’t know about it before?” Jett argued.

“No. I wouldn’t do that to you.”

“Where is the final destination?” Cassi asked

“I don’t know that either yet, but considering that we don’t have the capability to travel at the speed of light I can only imagine it’s one of the stars in our very local vicinity.” Edwards finished and awaited any further questions. Everyone was silent, the enormity of what was ahead could only overwhelm them all.

Finally Edwards again broke the silence. “In the three weeks before the ship arrives there is a list of training assignments and roles changes you need to familiarise yourselves with. I’m hoping more details and objectives will be made available before that happens, in the meantime we will have daily gatherings at the same time.”

“Also let’s make sure that we do everything to make sure that everyone in this room get to fulfill their roles. Please keep watch on your buddies.”

With that Edwards motioned for everyone to continue. For the rest of the day everyone was quiet, Edwards was sure he was getting the evil eye from a few people. He was fairly sure he could work out what they were thinking, he would think the same. Being in on it all along, or maybe it was just his own insecurity or paranoia?

Putting the thoughts out of his head he lay on his bed as he watched the sun setting on Mars, quietly, restlessly he watched and wondered what was coming and even if it was worth the effort. Phobos sot across the sky as he was watching, like a flash of hope as the sun hit a point on the small moon it winked at him.

While Scott Edwards took the wink as hope, there was no chance they would get to where they were going on hope alone and there was along way to go.

©Simon Farnell 2019


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A – Z Challenge – Sci-Fi Films X is for the X Files

Hi there bloggies, I’ve been seeing some post warning me of an A – Z Challenge and I was curious. I’ve seen this around before but have never participated, for some mad reason I thought I would give it a go.

So here I am.

My theme is the A-Z of Scifi moves, I’ve not given this a great deal of thought and I know of a number but I won’t lie there’s some I will struggle with. I hope you enjoy them!

X is for the X Files – The Truth Is Out There

The X Files film takes place between two series and carries on the concept of the finding evidence of extraterrestrial life on Earth. After being put under investigation for an operation that went wrong, Mulder and Scully find their way to a set of clue, including a playground that hides a deadly secret and a bio bubble in a field full of bees.

Scully is kidnapped and Mulder shot, escaping hospital to get her back Mulder traces Scully to Antarctica. What Mulder found there he couldn’t have imagined in his strangest nightmares.

The X Files

I need to see this film again, I’ve realised that I can’t remember many of the subtle details. As with most things X Files one answered question leads to three more questions and when things are found – the evidence disappears. What is really good about this film as with all X Files is the strong bond between Mulder and Scully. It’s great to watch.

But it’s a good film and in the best X-Files traditions.


With X done that means Y is next… This could be difficult!



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A – Z Challenge – Sci-Fi Films W is for War of the Worlds

Hi there bloggies, I’ve been seeing some post warning me of an A – Z Challenge and I was curious. I’ve seen this around before but have never participated, for some mad reason I thought I would give it a go.

So here I am.

My theme is the A-Z of Scifi moves, I’ve not given this a great deal of thought and I know of a number but I won’t lie there’s some I will struggle with. I hope you enjoy them!

W is for War of the Worlds

The first version of the War of the Worlds came to cinemas in 1953, remade in 2005 starring Tom Cruise, this is another classic 1950’s Sci-Fi remade in the modern times.

The story premise is simple, aliens come to Earth and start tearing up the place, killing and generally wiping out the human race. In the original 1950’s version you have a scientist trying to find out what is going on and how to stop them, in the 2005 version a father is trying to survive and protect his children. So there’s a lot of difference between the two versions of the story.

The ending for the 1950’s film I remember being a bit naff… as if the story kind of falls off a cliff.

I’ve seen the original version of this a number of times, but not the 2005 version. Maybe the story wasn’t so great – I can’t remember but entirely possible. Like many of the 1950’s Sci-Fi films while they have aged but are quite watchable and are pretty scary at times, I don’t know how they do it. The biggest difference is in societal attitudes more than anything.


With W done that means X is next… Nearly at the end now.



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🌟I feel you, Being.🌟

This post from the Irresponsible Blogger caught my eye and my mind. There’s some really good thoughts on this about, us as humans, our place in the universe and just how big the universe really is.

Read this and get your mind blown!

đź–¤ Steph's Poetry and Suchđź–¤

While I’m working on some writing at the moment, I just read an interesting little somethin’….I wanted, NEEEEDED, to share it with you all because well, WOW!

Here ya go!

-If you were to gather every single pebble of sand from every single beach in the world and count them- the number of galaxies in the universe would still outnumber the sand pebbles.

Our tiny Milky Way Galaxy is just one single pebble of sand.-

Wha-wha-WHAT!!!!!!!!

mind blow wow GIF

Well now my mind is spinning and going and I’m thinking all crazy, wonderin’ if parallel world’s exist, and if things like deja Vu, weird moments of clarity, etc., are actually more like a connection to another life form in a far away place. Us tapping into a frequency of living that is unseen TO US but nonetheless existing.👽

I love this possibility. I love the wonder. But gosh I hate missing out. I…

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Phase Shift

This is my entry for April’s Blog Battle – the theme or word for this month is Heart.


Professor Rakseth stood back and looked through the huge glass panels with pride at the great metal circle. All this life his work had led to this, the theories he came up with as a young man all let to this point.

This moment.

“Wh- what happens now?” Brian asked. Rakseth looked over his glasses at the young scientist.

“Now we see if this works young Brian!” Rakseth beamed. “All my life I have dreamed of this moment, to prove that an inter-spatial pathway can be made so that humans and machines can pass from one place to another instantaneously!”

“Th-this moment m-must surely b-be greater than any other i-in human history s-so far professor!” Brian stammered. “I-it’s a shame the other’s w-who helped couldn’t b-be here to see this.”

“Others?” Rakseth questioned.

“Y-yes, the ones th-that left suddenly.”

“Hmmm…” Rakseth said nothing, pushing the glass door open and proceeding through the air lock he left Brian behind. Inside was an air of quiet activity, people in white suits and masks. The air smelled clean and clinical with a hit of PVC from wiring and solder fumes.

One of the masked workers waled up to Rakseth and pulled their mask off. “We’re ready to proceed in ten minutes Professor.”

“Thank you” Rakseth acknowledged. “Have the fuel cells been charged, checked and the phases aligned? We cannot have an interruption in power during the opening of the pathway, we would lose the human test subject and heaven knows what would happen.”

“Yes, we seem to have overcome the recent phase difficulties, Amber is checking the fuel cells and will monitor them during the pathway initiation.”

“Good, thank you.” Hansen went back to monitor his station. Rakseth brought up the radio “Are we ready with the human test subject?”

“Yes, we’re ready!” a voice came over the radio.

“Wait for my instructions!” Rakseth commanded. Several minutes passed as Rakseth looked at the status monitors on the central console. One by one slowly they lit up. For a few moments Rakseth stared, making sure nothing changed. He raised his voice “We’re going to do this now, let me know of any problems! Initiate the interspatial pathway in 5… 4… 3… 2… 1!”

A blue glow emanated from the metal circle, dimly at first as the power was gradually applied, brighter and brighter the blue intensified. With the intense light a sounds like a pinning jet filled the room. The noise and light together assaulted the senses of those in the room. For a moment Rakseth and all that looked on were looking through the circle into another place.

Rakseth raised his radio to his mouth and paused briefly “Send the test subject through now.”

Rakseth and all present stared on as from the other side a man in military uniform could be seen, advancing towards them from the other side of the pathway, without hesitation he marched towards human destiny as if on a march. Beads of sweat formed on Rakseth’s face as he muttered worth softly under his breath.

“Please…. just work!”

In a moment of time impossible to measure, space was folded, contorted into another form of itself…

“We have a phase shift!” Hansen shouted.

What everyone saw throught the circle flickered almost instantaneously, then suddenly to his horror Rakseth saw not one human, but four. They walked out from the great metal circle and the blue lights dimmed, slowly the intensity reduced to nothing.

No one dared breathe or move, the four stood there still, silent, heads down as if in some kind of prayer. Hansen interrupted the silence.

“That’s Hannah, Jez and Saraya. I thought they had left Professor, that’s what you told us! “

Rakseth stood silent, ignoring Hansen.

Rejecting the silence Hansen shouted “Professor what the hell has been going on?”

“Shut up will you!” Rakseth shouted back. He walked slowly toward the four figures, Hansen just behind him. When they both reached them Rakseth was the first to speak “Tell me, what was it like?” he spoke to the soldier.

Hansen spoke “Soraya, you’ve been gone months, where have you been?”

Soraya said nothing at first, there was just silence. Then she spoke, quietly, in almost a whisper. “I don’t know. I think nowhere. But I have memories too, dreams or nightmares. I’m not sure.”

Silence returned.

The four were taken to the infirmary, nothing could explain the state they were in, like a coma but not, like sleep but fully awake. The physicians and neuro doctors couldn’t explain it. The facility was sealed and everyone told not to leave until the investigation was complete. Then the defense officials arrived, they asked to see the entire team, all were present except Rakseth.


Another night fell on the metal ring, since that day no one had been near them in either location. In the moonlit darkness where none could see a blue light started to glow, it increased to a dazzling brightness. The sound of the huge ring ramping up its power shattered the silence of night. Space was folded, contorted into another form of itself.

The shadows grew as one by one they emerged from the ring, then as darkness suddenly fell there was just a still silence.



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A – Z Challenge – Sci-Fi Films V is Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Hi there bloggies, I’ve been seeing some post warning me of an A – Z Challenge and I was curious. I’ve seen this around before but have never participated, for some mad reason I thought I would give it a go.

So here I am.

My theme is the A-Z of Scifi moves, I’ve not given this a great deal of thought and I know of a number but I won’t lie there’s some I will struggle with. I hope you enjoy them!

V is for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

I haven’t seen this film so I looked it up. The plot line described was pretty complex… so I couldn’t summarise. So for this I have cheated and copied the gumpf off off google:

In the 28th century, special operatives Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline work together to maintain order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the minister of defense, the duo embarks on a mission to Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis where diverse species gather to share knowledge and culture. When a dark force threatens the peaceful city, Valerian and Laureline must race against time to identify the menace that also jeopardizes the future of the universe.

Valerian

I’ve not seen this so I can’t comment much on it, but it’s on my list of films to watch and the trailer looked pretty good.

Any of you seen it? Thoughts?


With V done that means W is next… This will be a classic!



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A – Z Challenge – Sci-Fi Films U is for the Undiscovered Country

Hi there bloggies, I’ve been seeing some post warning me of an A – Z Challenge and I was curious. I’ve seen this around before but have never participated, for some mad reason I thought I would give it a go.

So here I am.

My theme is the A-Z of Scifi moves, I’ve not given this a great deal of thought and I know of a number but I won’t lie there’s some I will struggle with. I hope you enjoy them!

U is for the Undiscovered Country

I’ve tried to avoided using Star Trek films to sneak in, but as we’re reaching the end and Star Trek hasn’t had mention I think I can do this… I’m allowing myself.

It starts with the Klingon moon Praxis exploding, one of the key energy production facilities for the Klingons this is a huge deal for them. NOrmally a war faring race the Klingons are forced to sit down at the negotiating table and discuss terms for peace. But it seems that not everyone is keen on peace. While escorting the Klingon flagship to federation space the Klingons are fired upon, seemingly by the Enterprise. Assassins beam aboard and kill the Klingon Chancellor, leaving the peace process in ruins. Going aboard the Klingon ship to help Kirk and McCoy are made to stand trial.

Left behind on the Enterprise Spock needs to find out what has happened and rescue Kirk and Bones before they’re killed if that wasn’t enough the peace process is continuing, so that needs to be saved as well before all out war results.

The Enterprise in the STVI The Undiscovered Country

The Undiscovered Country is one of, if not the best Star Trek film featuring the original crew of the Enterprise. Following the more comical deviations of the Voyage Home and the Final Frontier it gets back to proper Star Trek ground. It is however I feel a bit political at times and is trying too hard resulting in some cringey moments but it’s pretty good.

This was also the last trip out for the original crew in it’s entirety. It’s a god watch with a pretty decent battle scene at the end.


With U done that means V is next…



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A – Z Challenge – Sci-Fi Films T is for 2001

Hi there bloggies, I’ve been seeing some post warning me of an A – Z Challenge and I was curious. I’ve seen this around before but have never participated, for some mad reason I thought I would give it a go.

So here I am.

My theme is the A-Z of Scifi moves, I’ve not given this a great deal of thought and I know of a number but I won’t lie there’s some I will struggle with. I hope you enjoy them!

T is for 2001

Right, now before you start – don’t start! 2001 is T and I won’t hear another word about it. This somewhat beautifully, terrifyingly constructed film starts on Earth when man is just apes and learns to use rudimentary tools.

It then swiftly moves to space in the year 2001. Dr Heywood Floyd is on his way to the Moon on government business under the cover story of a disease outbreak at the base at Clavius. The reality is something far more concerning. a monolith has been uncovered and no one knows it’s purpose. When the sun hit it, it emits a strong radio signal towards Jupiter.

The next part of the film focuses on the Discovery mission to Jupiter, another Monolith has been detected in orbit of the planet and the US government are keen to find out more. But things go horribly, wrong.

The wheel space station seen in 2001

2001 is perhaps the most important Sci-Fi film like ever. Not only for the story and the way it was delivered but it was Stanley Kubricks first film. Conspiracy teorists use 2001 to explain how the Moon landings could be faked and the techniques used in 2001 led to the creation of Star Wars, Star Trek and other iconic films.

I won’t lie, it’s a hard watch. At the end you feel like you’ve been on humanity’s journey with it. You’ll either love it or hate it. It was almost Kubrick’s last film.


With T done that means U is next…



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