Wednesday, 22 March 2017

GIVEAWAY & GUEST POST BY ASHLEY POSTON: 10/10 Would Watch Again: Best Sci-Fi Shows

I received Ashley Poston's Geekerella a few weeks ago, and it sounds right up my street. Unfortunately, I'm still waiting to read it, although I don't have long to wait because my coursework deadline is TODAY, so as of right now, I have a little more time for reading...

The book even came with an amazing candle (I can't get enough, help) and I'm hugely excited about it. Here's what Geekerella is about:

Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad's old costume), Elle's determined to win... unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons - before he was famous. Now they're nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he's ever wanted, but the Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake - until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.

HOW. GOOD. DOES. THAT. SOUND. I'm so ready. I should also probably shush and pass you over to the author, Ashley Poston, who is here with her list of the best Sci-Fi shows ever.

As a girl who wrote a book about an imaginary sci-fi TV show, I’ll admit that I've watched quite a few sci-fi shows in my time. My father is a sci-fi junkie. Whether it was a b-movie flick on SyFy or Lost in Space, thanks to him I've seen them all. So, to save you the absolute horror of watching someone's face melt off in space (also, that doesn't happen - you can survive in space without a helmet for a few minutes with little more than a sunburn), I have compiled a list of 10 of my favorite sci-fi shows for you to dip your space boots into, my fearless cadets.

1. Star Trek: The Next Generation: Some say Deep Space Nine is better, others Voyager, some Enterprise... as for me, I will always have a soft spot for Data, a sentient android. If you don't want to sit through all the wonderful seasons, I suggest you at least watch The Offspring, The Measure of a Man, and Best of Both Worlds I & II.

2. Firefly: Even with its pitfalls, Firefly still has me sobbing every time I hear someone say, 'I am a leaf on the wind.'

3. Battlestar Galactica: Speaking of sentient androids... if you are in the mood for a war in space, look no further. Battlestar has become a staple with sci-fi nerds everywhere. It's smart, it's nuanced, and the gals in this show kick some serious butt.

4. Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood: Not all sci-fi is in space, as FMA:B proves. Using the power of alchemy, two brothers commit the ultimate taboo to try to bring their dead mother back from the grave, and set in motion a plot that will shake their country's power to the core. Also, I will go down with my Riza/Roy ship.

5. Doctor Who: I fell in love with Eccleston's portrayal of the Ninth Doctor, and the romance between Ten/Rose broke my heart. If you haven't dipped your toes in, I'd say start at the beginning of the reboot (the Ninth Doctor) and if you find yourself straying when Moffat takes over as show-runner, don't worry - a lot of us did.

6. Sense8: The Wachowskis at their best. While Jupiter Ascending was beautiful, Sense8 is compelling and structurally sound, and still so gosh-darn beautiful I can't even.

7. Stranger Things: 80s nostalgia, D&D references, and a hella creepy monster? Yes, please!

8. The 100: This show will make your ships and break them - because like George RR Martin, they're very good at killing off your favorite characters.

9. Cowboy Bebop: What would this list be without Cowboy Bebop? The godfather of the modern space western, this anime combines the best of sci-fi with a killer jazzy soundtrack and a heart-wrecking finale. And it's gorgeous, as if you needed any more convincing!

10. The X Files: Because you know you want to believe.

Happy watching!

Ashley Poston's fangirl heart has taken her everywhere from the houses of Hollywood screenwriters to the stages of music festivals to geeky conventions (in cosplay, of course). She lives in South Carolina, where she hangs around the internet tweeting at @AshPoston.


Geekerella is published by Quirk Books on 4th April. To win a copy of Geekerella and an (amazing) limited edition candle, follow me on Twitter @MileLongBookS and RT the below tweet. UK only, ending on 29th March. Good luck!

1 comment:

  1. I LOVE stranger things! I had my reservations at first, but that show is amazing!

    Tasya // The Literary Huntress


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