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Happy New Year Scifi Fans!



I know I am a day late but I was reading and playing games. Which are pretty good excuses. Happy new year!

2016 has been a mostly crappy time for nearly all involved, but in terms of science fiction it has has been pretty great. So turn off your news feeds (and especially your fake news feeds,) a bit more often and enjoy a healthy dose of escapism. It has been proved that it is good for you by science. Probably. Google it.

Without further ado, Happy New Year from Scifi Ward! 2017 sounds incredibly futuristic to someone in their 40s and I look forward to enjoying it. I am now off to read the latest Expanse book followed by finishing Dirk Gently on Netflix. Make it so!




Welcome to the year 2016!

Happy new year to all my Scifiward readers! Welcome to 2016!

A sad loss in 2015 but always a nice message.

A sad loss in 2015 but always a nice message.

As I get older each annual digit change seems to come more quickly and feels more like something from science fiction. I guess I grew up watching things like Space 1999, Escape from New York (set in 1997), 2001, 2010, Blade Runner (2019), Back to the Future 2 (a couple of months ago). Even in the Buck Rogers (TV show) he set out in 1987. So quite a lot of things that seemed futuristic and painfully distant in my young brain should have now happened. Some have, most haven’t. I am writing this on a ridiculously thin laptop and beaming my pointless observations to the world, which is pretty damned impressive. I am doing this from the planet Earth however, so that sucks.

I am not one for resolutions as I have grown bored of disappointing myself, but regular readers should notice some changes this year. I write non-fiction as my profession and the dream is to slowly get rid of the ‘non’ and write more of what I enjoy. One thing I also enjoy is writing shallow sarcastic comments on my websites, so expect to see more of that too.

Whatever your dreams are for this futuristic age we live in, I hope they come true. As the late and lamented Leonard Nimoy said in some show or other – Live long and prosper – and try to have a little fun. (This latter sentiment was edited out for characterisation reasons.) Happy 2016.

Happy New Year 2558

Happy new year!

Happy new year!

Like a really, really old Buck Rogers, I am in the 26th century right now. I am currently working as a journalist/ content writer in Bangkok and the Buddhist year is 2558, which is way better than lame old 2015.

I haven’t wished all my dear ScifiWard readers a happy new year 2558 yet because of um… The AI wars of 2116 when the super intelligent computers that now rule us all deleted new year to teach us humility. Or was it the aliens that visit annually to suck on our essence like parasites and render mankind unconscious for a few days? Or maybe… I just realised I am confusing Buddhist 2558 with the actual future and the reason for that was because I had a lot to drink and I am permanently thinking about Science Fiction. Which also explains my lack of new year greetings. Sorry about that.

So without further ado – Happy New Year 2558. Or Happy 2015. Or whatever primitive year you- Oh hang on I am doing it again.  This year I will drink less and write more.

Be Merry! Make it so.

Be Merry! Make it so.

Happy New Year Sci Fi fans!

Cheers everyone!

I hope all you wonderful Science Fiction fans had a superb 2011 and will have an even more superb 2012. I won’t do a write up of what has happened over the past year because it was all pretty miserable and I have already done that on my other website here. I prefer to look to the future.

I’m talking about the future of science fiction obviously, not the future of humanity. When I was little I thought the year 2000 was far off and imagined myself possibly living on the moon – the year 2011 seemed impossibly far away but here we are at its end. No flying cars, some unconvincing robots, no colonies on the moon, even jetpacks are the same as the 70s. It is all a bit disappointing really. We do have cool gadgets though, and games are pretty awesome. Thanks to things like my iPad, I can now watch ‘The Walking Dead’ on the toilet. That’s a big step forward.

This will be in fashion in 2012. Hopefully.

What will next year bring? As a society, I’m hoping shiny spandex will finally come into fashion. Mmmmm… Spandex… I haven’t though much beyond that, to be honest. Otherwise I am just going to be excited about upcoming movies and even better gadgets. Over the next few weeks I will look at a ton of new Science Fiction movies that are due to come out and will patiently explain why they could be awesome but could also possibly be crap. Sounds exciting doesn’t it? There’s certainly a lot to get our hopes up: The Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spiderman, John Carter, The Avengers, Battleship, Prometheus, The Hobbit, Dredd, World War Z, Total Recall. There are even some weird ones that might prove brilliant too like the Wachowski’s Cloud Atlas, or two independent movies: Iron Sky is a finnish movie about Nazis on the moon, and El Cosmonauta is about a Russian cosmonaut who comes back to Earth to find everyone has buggered off and he’s all alone.

World War Z

As always there are bound to be awesome books to review and enjoy. I’m currently reading The Forge of God by Greg Bear and finishing World War Z by Max Brooks. Both of which are great. I will probably read Kraken by China Mieville after that, or The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi. Or even Terry Pratchett, if I feel like a laugh and want to play it safe with something I know I will like. Ahhh, so many books…

Game-wise there are a few things to get excited about too. I recently beta-tested Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic MMOG and it was damn good fun. It’s actually just come out, so I will give that a go at some point. There is also Mass Effect 3 (which has to be awesome), Final Fantasy XIII-2 (might be good, I still miss the genius of VII and XII was fun), there’s a new Resident Evil (better be good). And, well, tons more.

I intend to read more comics this coming year (I got the Ballad of Halo Jones for Christmas) and will generally be slightly more cool and revel in Scifi goodness than in 2011. It is going to be an great year. As well as all the above I also intend to write more fiction on Kindle. I have just released a trilogy of short Science Fiction stories (in case you missed it) called The Uneven Passage of Time by Jason Ward (that’s me). I suggest you buy it so I can write more, review more, and just generally enhance this site. It’s win win and you may even like the stories. Consider it a donation to the arts. The blurb and links are here or click above on My Books.

Anyway, I am off to the pub for New Year drinks. I hope you are all as excited as I am. Have a great 2012! Scifi Ward out.

This should be the new 'hello' for 2012. It would be more fun.